This will provide a clean cut and tapered edge that looks as nice as anything a string cutter or edger can do and it's quick! Remember to reset the wheels when you are done. If your grass is 3 inches high you may need to do this in two cuts over two mowings, the first lowering being only halfway down in order not to scalp the lawn. I always edge this way before cutting and the bag on my mower even cleans up the cuttings.
By Jim from Auburn, OH
I mow a very large lawn. By the time I am done I am having a hard time getting to the edging around fence, house, and driveway. I have an electric edger and it is a hassle to even get it to the far-off places that need edged.
Can anyone recommend an edger that is easy to use? I am willing to spend some money on this, because I don't want to hire someone else to take care of my lawn. What is a good brand of edger that isn't difficult to change the line on and can take on a large yard?
By SusannL from St. Cloud, FL
I'm not sure if you could make your own or not but if you give it a try. The blade part of it went about an inch or so past the edge of the wheel.
Best of luck!
If your budget is as tight as mine, I'd consider finding some individual plant sale which has 4-6" young cheap evergreen plants for cheap ($.50-$1.00 each or less. Plant them about 2 feet apart and hand trim them only once a year with scissors, if you prefer, saving the trimmings for mulching neatly under them to retain moisture. It will take a year or two to get them going well, but worth the wait if you plant towards the outer edge of the bed to allow for growth. They provide their own root shade. Many folks like Dark green Lirope (reg. or dwarf "Monkey"grass) because it is so easy to grow and outlines well. However, it can be and is usually invasive requiring thinning after a year or two, depending upon the size of the plant. Our local newspaper offers freebies for the pickup. Yours may offer this, too.
I am striving to have a more maintenance free yard. Any sort of mechanical equipment seems more than I can handle at my age now, and I certainly cannot afford lawn care or to pay anyone for regular help. God bless and help you.
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