By Steve Holdgren
Lawn edgers are designed for getting a sharp edge along the borders of sidewalks and walkways. They cut vertically (along an edge), unlike lawn trimmers, or string trimmers, which are suited for trimming hard-to-reach areas such as under bushes and around trees. However, many current models combine trimmer and edger functions, allowing you to switch easily from one to the other for various landscaping needs.
In order to get a crisp edge along walkways, hold the lawn edger so that the blade falls between the grass and the sidewalk. Work slowly and in a straight line to achieve a neat, uniform look.
Safety precautions are important. Always wear long pants, socks, and sturdy shoes when you work. While you should avoid edging near rocks and other hard objects, eye goggles can give you the protection from any flying debris. Gloves are also ideal if the edger’s vibrations give you blisters or tire your hands.
Luckily, edging only needs to be performed once or twice a season. Any more than that, and you may end up with weaker, stiffer grass. Following the recommended guidelines for edging will help you achieve the professional-looking lawn you desire.
|Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve|
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