Edging the lawn weekly makes for a beautiful lawn. Edging also keeps your lawn from invading your flower beds.
You might be thinking “I’ll be fine if I just use my trimmer to edge my lawn!”. It depends on how you want to edge your lawn. Read further and decide for yourself!
Do you really need an edger?
Let’s look at the pros and cons of an edger.
- Working with an edger for the first time might not be easy. It gets easier and eventually, you can trim the edges quickly.
- Using an edger 4 times in a season is enough to have the perfect lawn edges!
- Doesn’t hatch up plants nearby.
- An edger gives the cleanest edges easily and quickly with no scalp spots
- Handheld edgers are pocket-friendly. Manual edgers give a crisp edge too but take good time and effort.
- You can pull up the guide and use the edger to cut an invisible dog fence through your lawn.
- Might prove expensive.
- Need an extension cord if you buy a plug-in edger.
- Need a high-powered edger for an overgrown lawn.
Are manual lawn edgers any good?
There are various types of manual lawn edgers viz., roller type, hand shears, and spade-like edgers. All these tools can be used for edging.
Roller edgers are the most efficient among the manual edgers. Let’s take a good look at roller edgers.
- Roller edger is quite affordable.
- Gets the job done.
- Can handle a small lawn well.
- Doesn’t need a lot of space.
- Takes skill to use it.
- It takes a lot of time and effort to edge your lawn with this tool.
Tip: Go with manual edgers if you don’t have much edging to do.
What is the easiest lawn edger to use?
The powered edgers are the easiest to use. You do not need to put much effort into edging if you use a powered edger.
Let’s look at the most efficient manual and powered edgers.
The roller lawn edger I use
Like old school methods? You’re gonna love roller lawn edgers!
I use Truper lawn edger for parts of my lawn where I can’t use a powered edger. I have inlay flagstones along the edges in parts of my lawn. This is where the Truper comes in handy.
Don’t keep pushing it across the edge. The best way to edge with this tool is to go back and forth with it (for eg. 2 inches forward, an inch backward).
Its blade is gray-steel coated which makes it quite durable. I’ve been using it for the past two years and I must say I’m satisfied.
Go with the affordable Edger-attachments!
Why buy an edger when you can turn your trimmer into an edger? If you already have a good, powerful trimmer you just need to buy this Trimmerplus edger attachment.
I bought this a year ago and I attach it to my Troy 4-cycle string trimmer whenever I need to edge my sidewalk. This attachment makes edging so easy.
I use this edger 3 or 4 times in a season and then use the manual edger to keep my lawn beautiful. Trimmerplus is quite affordable and it takes up less space than a full-fledged edger.
Tip: Buy yourself an edger attachment if you have a good trimmer already.
What is the best cordless lawn edger?
If you are looking for an affordable yet decently powered edger, go with the Greenworks Edger cum trimmer. It’s light in weight and serves the purpose.
As this electric trimmer doesn’t have a cord it is easy to work with this.
If you’re on the lookout for a powerful edger cum trimmer then go with the Black + Decker 3-in-1 Lawn Mower, String Trimmer and Edger.
It is quite easy to work with this tool and you can use it as an edger, mower, or trimmer as you have guessed. It’s quite a combo if you ask me.
Get this tool only if you don’t have either a trimmer or an edger. Its lawn mowing capacity is debatable. It works just fine for edging.
Should I buy an edger or a trimmer?
It completely depends on what you want to achieve. If all you want to do is edging, I recommend getting an edger.
If you ask me, it’s best to get a good trimmer and a plug-in edger. This gives you the desired power and utility.
This way, you will get best of the both worlds!
What is the best tool for edging sidewalks?
For edging sidewalks, an edger works efficiently and gives you crisp edges. A manual edger also does the job well but takes longer.
The manual edger is especially useful with an uneven sidewalk.
It requires great skill to edge with a trimmer and takes a lot of effort. I don’t recommend edging with a trimmer for people with large lawns.
How often should you edge your lawn?
I edge my lawn with a powerful edger and I have to use it merely 4 times in a season. If you use a manual edger, edging it often makes it easy.
It’s the same case with a trimmer. You don’t want to fight an overgrown lawn edge with not-so efficient tools.
This is what I do. If you prefer to edge your lawn more often you can definitely do it. You can get it done with a good manual edging tool.
What is the best type of lawn edger?
I’ll let you be the judge.
Buy a professional edger if you are getting into the lawn maintenance business or if you have a grand lawn.
Use a manual edger if you have 50 feet of lawn edge or less.
If you want to maintain your lawn well and if a professional edger is an overkill, get yourself a plug-in edger and attach it to a powerful trimmer.
I wish you effortless and happy lawn-keeping ; ))))