Lawn Edging: A guide to edging lawns

June 17, 2021

By Jack

Are you a lawn owner? Let’s find out how to cut perfect lawn edges to get a professional finish, using this simple practical guide by Jack’s Lawncare.

What is Lawn Edging?

Lawn edging is the method of creating distinct lines that mark the edge of a lawn. Lawn edging encourages grass to stay within these lines by cutting and maintaining it. Besides that, it helps to make your lawn look clean and gives your lawn an amazing appearance.

Do I Need To Edge My Lawn?

It’s not necessary to edge your lawn. Edging doesn’t help to keep your grass healthy. Your lawn can still look great without well-maintained edging. However, edging helps to improve the tidiness of the lawn and to create distinct shapes in the lawn. It helps your lawn to look great.

Overgrown lawn edges look ugly and make a well-cared lawn look untidy. If you want to get a professional finish, you should re-cut the edges of your lawn every spring. Besides that trim overhanging grass after mowing.

Let’s figure out find out how can we do that, in our guide.

Also Read: Best Lawn care tips: Get a Perfect Lawn!

What do You Need to edge a lawn?
  • Half-moon edger
  • Edging shears
  • Long-handled grass shears
  • Plank of wood or long rope
Total time:

1 hour

Step 1

First of all, re-cut the edges of your lawn in spring. To recut the edges use a half-moon edging tool. After that to straight edge, cut against a plank of wood for a curve. Always trim along a rope laid on the edge of the lawn. You can also follow the existing curve of the lawn alternatively.

How to cut clean lawn edges – re-cutting the edges

Step 2

After mowing your lawn, you should trim the edges with long-handled edging shears. To get a professional touch, remove the cuttings and pop them on the compost heap.

How to cut clean lawn edges – trimming the edges

Step 3

If you find grass grown over onto paths, you should use a sharp knife to cut the turf and pull pieces away.

How to cut clean lawn edges – cutting turf off a path

Step 4

If your lawn is flush with the path, long-handled grass shears will be best suited. This grass is shaped like scissors. It enables you to get down to the same level as the lawn and path.

How to cut clean lawn edges – using long-handled grass shears

Step 5

If you’d rather not regularly maintain your lawn edges, you may find spiked metal sheeting is a good alternative. This is fixed into the ground to retain the outline of the lawn, preventing the grass from growing into your borders.

How to cut clean lawn edges – fixing metal sheeting to the edge

Also Read: Best Lawn care tips: Get a Perfect Lawn!

What’s the best lawn edger?

Lawn edging is the final touch to the mowing regime. It gives a clean, polished finish to your lawn.

If you have a small lawn, a pair of long-handled edging shears would be a simple choice. Carbon steel blades are strong and you can sharpen regularly for a neat clipped edge. If you are using carbon steel you should coat them to ensure rust resistance. 

In addition to that grass trimmers with an edging option offer two jobs for the price of one. 

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