A terrific mow goes a long way. But for a truly stellar lawn, you need to take things a little further. Your mower is too wide to get to the finely defined areas around hardscaping and landscaping. The edging process creates a clean, crisp border between your lawn and beds, and walkways. It’s the number one tool in your landscaper’s toolbox for creating that super-straight manicured look.
Is Edging The Same As Weed Wacking?
Some folks like to DIY their own edges with a weed wacker–with mixed results. If you have a steady hand and a good eye, you can usually make it look good enough. However, an edger is a different tool from a weed wacker. A lawn edger is a unique tool designed to create straight, clean lines. It features a rotating blade to dig down into the dirt. Your edger makes a tiny trench around your border to clearly delineate between your lawn and landscaping/ hardscaping. It’s the preferred method when you want your lawn to extend up to your landscaped beds without creeping into your landscaping. It offers a clear and attractive transition. On the other hand, a weed wacker uses string to reach areas your mower can’t, including large trees, buildings, and other structures.
Why Is Edging a Must for A Perfect Lawn?
You can have a healthy lawn without edging, but it comes to curb appeal, it’s a must. Here are some of the reasons edging adds the perfect extra touch and is part of the best lawn care packages.
- It creates curb appeal, making your lawn look impeccably tidy and crisp.
- It delineates clean lines between your lawn and landscaping/ hardscaping features.
- It keeps your driveway, walkways and flower beds free of grass and weeds.
- It prevents grass roots from getting under walkways and driveways and causing cracks.
- It offers a clean line that gives your mowing team a straight line to work with and keeps grass from getting into your beds when you mow.
Can I Edge My Lawn Myself?
With patience and the right equipment, you can edge your lawn yourself. But many DIYers find that they don’t have the time or know-how to do the job right. Here’s why it makes sense to work with a professional team:
- They have the equipment and safety gear required for the job.
- They know how to create that desirable super-straight professional look.
- They know how to handle the edger with skill, keeping it level and using slow, precise movements for a clean job the first time around.
- They have the experience to avoid damaging your lawn with sloppy edging practices.
Edging Is Part of an Excellent Lawn Care Package
In short, you don’t need to edge your lawn. But edging should be part of your lawn care package if you want your outdoor space to look its best. Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service’s popular Lawn Maintenance program includes weekly mowing during heavy growth periods, plus edging sidewalks, curbs, and bed edges at every other visit and weed wacking around buildings and permanent structures. Keeping up with growth and keeping your yard neat and tidy are at the top of our list. Combined with a robust and effective weekly mowing program, regular edging is essential for keeping your lawn lush and vibrant yet precisely crisp and clean.