Lawn edging tools and which to use.

You can use quite a few tools to edge a lawn. There are stick edgers, walk behind units, and you can even turn your line trimmer on it’s side to trim a lawn. But what is the best method to use for the different lawns and situations you will run into? That is the question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The responses given should help expand your knowledge on what tool to use, when.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I thought I could hold my trimmer sideways and edge the few yards that I picked up. That was until I noticed that I was dealing with St. Augustine grass that hadn’t been edged in a long time. The edging job wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t up to my standards either.

Should I go with a stick edger or the other type instead? I have been looking at a few stick edgers but I am unsure if a stick would be best method to use. I also have a friend with a walk behind 3.5hp edger, he says it’s the way to go when edging a lawn.

Not sure which to get, and hope some of your experience could help me decide.”

A second lawn care business owner said “I myself prefer a stick edger as opposed to a walk behind unit. It is easier to handle and I can run it much faster. I have a stick edger and can edge out about 2 feet per second, always looks crisp and clean. My customers are always very impressed. I’ve picked up a lot of neighbors that wouldn’t give in to other services, but requested to have their lawns edged.

For these stand alone edging jobs, I charge $15 to $20 per visit. Some of these new customers I can’t seem to get to sign up on a full lawn care service package, but the extra cash helps and takes no time at all. At a certain point I figure they will want to hire me to mow their lawns as well.”

A third added “I use push edgers for way over grown grass. It’s a lot easier to use them in such situations as the blade stays in the groove. Later I will use a stick edger as it is great after the clean up.”

A fourth said “when it comes to taking on overgrown edges. I let the client know that it will take 2-3 visits to get the edges to my standard. I also have a few that I only edge for, due to the fact that I can’t fit them into my schedule and they still prefer to push mow their own lawn. Edging is easy money and takes no time at all.

The edging clients I have are real close to my mowing clients that I already service. If it was out of my way then it wouldn’t be worth doing it. If the grass is way over the sidewalk or driveway I bring a straight shovel and use that to clean it up after I have edged.”

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