When it's time to give your lawn its first summer hair- cut, be sure to keep the edges neat. Grass and weeds that grow next to driveways and side- walks slowly begin to creep over the edges and encroach on the paved surface. A powered edger neatly cuts this organic material to leave a well-defined edge for a clean-cut lawn. A powered lawn edger provides a dramatic step up in cutting power from a string trimmer, utilizing a rigid steel blade to cut through tough grass roots, thatch and soil. Although some string trimmers come with an "edging guide" for edging applications, the string is not as aggressive as an edging blade and must be used frequent- ly to keep the cutting chore to a manageable level. String trimmers also are not designed as ergonom- ically for comfortable edging since edging is a secondary application,
plus the string-line of a trimmer wears away quickly when contact- ing concrete. On the other hand, the vertical metal blade of an edger can cut several inches below the surface of the ground to rip through the roots of vegetation and trench a distinct separation between the lawn and hardscape features. Edgers come in a variety of configurations; some with a single guide wheel, others with multiple wheels. The wheel rides along the edge of a sidewalk, patio, border or driveway as the offset blade cuts along the concrete or masonry. Some units start with a pull-cord, while others utilize a push-button electric start that eliminates the cord. Also, edgers are available with either electric or gas-powered motors.
Edging a Lawn for Clean Cut Blade Running
The cutting power of a ded- icated edger keeps a lawn looking neat and orderly.
By Matt Weber
The edger's rigid, steel blade cuts through thatch, root and soil. Our demo model is the Husqvarna 327ES Edger. The 7" blade provides a 2.68” depth of cut for slicing through root systems.