Shaggy, overgrown grass is a common problem that plagues every homeowner. As organic material, most commonly mowed grass and dirt, collects at the edge where your grass meets your sidewalk or driveway, the grass slowly grows into this organic matter and creeps over your sidewalk. Regular edging keeps this lateral spreading in check and this edging should be performed at least once per year. An edger is easy to operate once you become familiar with it.
Read the operational manual for your edger thoroughly to become familiar with its operation and controls.
Uncoil an extension cord and plug it in to an outside outlet. Plug the other end into your edger to provide power to it. (Of course this step is unnecessary if you have a gas-powered edger.)
Line up the "guide blade" of the edger with the edge of the sidewalk or driveway. This is a vertical blade that you will use to follow the edge of the paved surface and it allows you to create a near-perfect edge.
Press the trigger in the handle and slowly push the edger forward. The trigger will engage the edger blade. The edger blade will slice through the grass and organic material and separate it from your lawn.
Continue to push the edger forward until you reach the end of the sidewalk or driveway. Keep an eye on the guide blade so that you don't stray away from the edge of the pavement. If you do, you'll be left with an irregular edge.
Unplug the extension cord from the edger once your edging job is complete and store the edger in its proper storage place. Roll up the extension cord and put it away.
Discard the grass and organic matter in your yard waste container or compost bin.