How to Edge With a String Trimmer


As grass around your driveway, garden beds and sidewalk grows, it slowly builds up and creeps over these paved surfaces. A string trimmer is a common yard appliance that is used to trim and edge grass along driveways, garden beds and sidewalks. Without the convenience of a string trimmer, the grass would have to be removed by manual means, which is more labor intensive and takes more time. The string trimmer will keep your yard looking well-maintained and it is very easy to use.

Step 1

Put on the appropriate safety gear including long pants, shoes, gloves and safety glasses.

Step 2

Check to see that there is gas in the gas tank if you have a gas string trimmer or plug it in if you have an electric trimmer.

Step 3

Start up your string trimmer. Make sure you keep the string away from objects as it will rapidly start rotating when you start it.

Step 4

Position the string 90 degrees to the area that is to be edged. The string should be spinning vertically so that you can form a nice edge.

Step 5

Move the end of your string trimmer slowly from left to right along the edge of your driveway, garden bed or sidewalk. You should notice a nice vertical edge being created as the string cuts through excess grass and debris.

Step 6

Turn off the string trimmer when you're done. Sweep up the grass and debris with a broom and dispose of it with your other yard waste.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use caution when cutting through weeds to make sure you don't cut poison ivy or other poisonous weeds. They can release oils that can be a skin and lung irritant. Always wear protective clothing and gear when you operate a string trimmer.

Things You'll Need

  • Long pants
  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • String trimmer
  • Broom


  • Yardener: Using a String Trimmer
Keywords: string trimmer edging, vertical edge, gas string trimmer, electric trimmer, safety gear

About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.