How to do Lawn Edging


A manicured lawn is the dream of almost every gardener and the pride of almost every homeowner. While fertilizing, watering and dethatching are important steps for a lawn, it will all be overshadowed by messy edging. You do not need to install brick or paver edgings along the sides of your yard and flowerbeds for a great looking edge. Instead, edge your lawn correctly with the right edging tools and techniques for a finished touch that will leave you smiling.

Step 1

Cut the lawn to the desired height with a lawn mower.

Step 2

Trim around a sidewalk and grass edge with a power string trimmer, also known as a weed whacker. Place the weed whacker at a 30-degree angle from the ground, standing on the cement side and slowly move down the pavement strip, verifying the height of cutting as you go.

Step 3

Cut an edging into the areas where garden beds and the lawn meet with a manual edging tool. Press the tool into the ground 1 inch away from the bed and push the grass loose. Pick up the grass and soil pieces and add them to your composting pile.

Step 4

Trim around tree trunks with grass shears. This avoids damage to their trunks with a string trimmer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always proceed with care when using power tools in the yard. Avoid working near power lines and inspect your tools in advance for any possible hazards or defects.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Power string trimmer
  • Manual edging tool
  • Grass shears


  • "The Lawn Bible: How to Keep it Green, Groomed, and Growing Every Season of the Year;" David R. Mellor; 2003
Keywords: manicured lawn, diy edging, lawn care

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