Having a well-manicured lawn lends a pleasing aesthetic look to any property. When the grass is mowed, flower beds free of weeds and grass and the edges of lawns and gardens trimmed and free of wild grass poking around, your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood. There are different types of lawn edging tools to accomplish this clean, trimmed look.
Gas lawn edgers look like a small mower except that it only has one blade set to the side. To use this type of edger, walk behind the edger with the blade between the concrete or yard and the flowers or grass. This will cut any stray grass and weeds and create an edge to the area that is being trimmed. This is the popular type for those who enjoy the work of lawn edging and the need for a sharp edge.
Pole edgers are similar to the gas lawn edgers except that this type is very simple--a blade on a pole. The most common type of this edger is electrically powered. Keep in mind that this type will have to be used carefully to avoid hitting the power cord while walking, and the length of the power cord and extension cord will limit the range that can be used with the edger. Another alternative may need to be considered for the areas that are too far away from a power source.
Hand edgers are based on the same design as pole edgers except this type is powered by hand. To use this type, you need to be physically fit in order to push the edger back and forth through the dirt, grass and weeds in order to create an edge and to trim any necessary weeds and grass.
Lawn Edging Material
The most popular type of edging is to use some type of material to make a small barrier between the garden and grass or between the concrete and grass or flower bed. Styles will include small picket fencing, rocks, bricks, plastic iron edging or solid plastic edging. This style is extremely easy to use and is very effective in controlling stray grass and weeds.
Another popular type of lawn edging is the use of pressure-treated wooden garden timbers or small upright square blocks of wood. These are simply cut to size and placed around the perimeter of the lawn or garden. The blocks of wood are either cut at equal heights or staggered in height.
No matter what type of edging you prefer, there is certain to be a type or method that suits you so you can have a perfect, well-manicured lawn.