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How Often Should My Lawn Be Edged?

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How Often Should My Lawn Be Edged?

Lawn maintenance will be an ongoing task throughout the growing season, with attention to mowing, fertilizing and trimming. Although mowing is a significant part of keeping a yard looking neat and healthy, edging is also important. If you do not keep your lawn properly edged, it can quickly take on an unkempt appearance, which could detract from your entire landscape.


If you’re wondering how often your lawn needs edging, there are some factors that affect the frequency of lawn edging. Once you consider various details that pertain to your particular lawn, you can create an edging schedule that will fit your landscape to keep it healthy and attractive.

  1. 1.Time of Year

    In the beginning of the growing season, spring warmth and abundant rain combine to put lawn growth into overdrive. As this occurs, you will notice that your lawn needs more frequent mowing to keep it short and manicured. This increased growth will also contribute to more frequent trimming needs as well.


    Every time your lawn is mowed, the perimeter is assessed to determine whether it needs fresh edging work completed. If there are overgrown areas or messy edges along walkways, your lawn should be edged to maintain its appearance.

  2. 2.Fertilization

    While fertilization often helps your lawn become lush and green, frequent fertilization also makes it grow faster. If you regularly fertilize your lawn, prepare for regular mowing and edging to keep the landscape neat and tidy. Your lawn may not need to be edged every time it’s mowed, but edging may need to be performed as frequently as every second or third mow.

  3. 3.Edging Tips

    Whether a manual, electric or gas-powered edger is used, the process is essentially the same.

    The blade of the edger should be positioned so it rests between the concrete and the edge of the grass. The wheel or guide of the edger should rest on the concrete. The ideal lawn edge should be 90 degrees.


    A trench is created by moving the edger back and forth. This process might also be as simple as just walking behind the tool and pushing it along to make an edging trench. Curves or corners in your landscape? No worries with this tool, it navigates effortlessly along any edge.


    The less refined way to edge a lawn involves a shovel with a special curved blade. By digging along the perimeter of the lawn, it creates a deep trench that will result in a neat edge to the lawn.


    Some string trimmers have an optional setting that enables the same piece of equipment to be used when edging and trimming. With the trimmer in the edging position, it can be situated so the string creates a crisp and neat edge along concrete perimeters of the lawn.


    Once edging is finished, cleanup is required in order to maintain the desired finished appearance. The grass clippings should be removed, but remaining soil can be preserved to incorporate into the flower or garden areas. A leaf blower can also be used to remove the excess debris from the landscape in a quick, efficient manner.

  4. 4.A Word About Safety

    Lawn maintenance does have its risks – especially when working with power tools. Even while edging the lawn, pay attention to safety precautions to avoid injury. Sometimes equipment throws debris unexpectedly, which could hit you in the face or elsewhere.


    Wear protective eye gear to avoid eye injuries. Always wear long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes to avoid injury. Wear gloves to protect your hands. If your edging equipment is loud, wear hearing protection to protect your hearing.

  5. 5.Find a Landscaper with Redbeacon

    Although edging the lawn isn’t difficult, you may find it time consuming enough to warrant hiring a professional to take care of this lawn maintenance work for you.


    Redbeacon has a slew of professionals who can help you with this or any other type of lawn maintenance work for your landscape. By visiting the Redbeacon website and submitting a work request, you will receive a list of professionals who can provide edging or other lawn maintenance work on your yard. Peruse the list of names and choose one that fits your budget and needs. Once you make your choice, Redbeacon does the rest, including overseeing the project and even collecting your payment to pay the professional. You won’t even need to worry about guarantees for work quality when you use Redbeacon because all projects have the backing of Redbeacon’s guarantee.


    With a beautifully mown and edged lawn, your entire yard will have a tidy appearance that will enhance your landscape. The time and effort you spend edging will have a significant impact on your yard.

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