Manual lawn edgers create a carved edge between the lawn and another surface, often walks or driveways. Your strength helps perform this task. The spokes at the end have sharp points that cut through grass or other ground cover. Manual edgers are simple to use and can handle any edging task. Wear gloves to avoid blisters and slipping on the handle.
Loosen the ground being worked with the spade. Use the spade to dig up ground cover that hangs over from the lawn. This creates less effort for the edger to work through the ground and create a trimmed area.
Place the spoke of the manual lawn edger into the ground at the beginning of where you are creating the edge. Set the edger between the hard surface and the lawn and push the points into the grass, using both hands upon the handle. Apply the force of the entire upper body to push the spoke into the ground.
Place one hand at the top of the manual lawn edger handle. Place the other hand around the middle of the handle. Apply a downward force to the handle while moving the spoke's points in a back-and-forth motion. Move the manual lawn edger about 4 inches in each direction to cut through the ground cover.
Move the spoke's points back and forth as you advance up the edge of the ground cover. The movements will become easier and faster as you continue this process along the line. The force built up by the movement will allow more ground to give way under the points and pressure.
Lift the edger out of the ground. If you are making a corner at this point, repeat steps 1 through 5 until you reach the end of the planned area. Set the edger aside. Use the spade to lift and pull the cut edging away from the ground cover gently. This will reveal the edge of the hard surface. Remove the cut edging and discard it.