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How to Edge Your Lawn

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Having a beautiful and immaculate lawn requires a little bit of maintenance to keep it looking prim and proper at all times. The love you have for your yard truly shows in the little details and edging your lawn can give you the “edge” over your neighbors.

At Lawnscape, we believe that intelligent choices lead to the highest rate of satisfaction. We know that edging your lawn can help to shave down that lengthy grass and keep your yard looking as neat as possible. Overall, edging your lawn creates a desirable look that serves as a pleasing aesthetic all year round. For more on lawn maintenance in Los Angeles and the various professional services we offer, contact us today.

Whether you’re an advanced lawn trimmer, or you have never edged before, these tips offered by our professional staff members can help you edge your lawn properly, with a quick and efficient cut each time.

Where to Use Your Lawn Edger

You can use your edger (or weed wacker, if you prefer that power tool) on the sidewalks and footpaths that your lawn touches. If you have a driveway, you can see how the grass touches the concrete. Sometimes, if you have cracks in your driveway or tiled footpaths, the grass even grows in between these small spaces.

That’s where your edger and weed wacker really come in handy! They can surpass any border and clip your grass in places that other tools simply cannot reach.

What About Right Angles?

Right angles are difficult to navigate your way around with a lawnmower or alternative trimming tool. Your power edger should be able to trim around straight lines. You can use the edge of your footpath to guide your trimmer as you go.

As long as the boundaries of your cutting area are well defined by physical borders, such as concrete paths and straight lines, your edger will work like a pro to trim up your grass and keep a routine look throughout your yard.

How to Use Your Edging Tool

A power edger is, in every sense of the word, a power tool. You need to be sure to take all safety precautions when operating this device. We recommend that you wear gloves and wear comfortable yet durable clothing, including closed-toed shoes, while operating your power edger or weed wacker.

Take a steady grip of the handles of your edger when you begin. A good way to learn how to properly walk and move with your edger is to move your body, not your arms. That way, the power tool becomes an extension of yourself, making it a lot easier to navigate.

Turn on your edger and slowly walk around the edges of your lawn. Keeping your arms steady will help maintain a clean and straight cut with each stroke of the tool.

Tips for Best Cutting

It’s important that you stay on the sidewalk or path as you cut. This is a great alternative to walking on the grass itself. Using the footpath as a sort of hard edge or ruler, you can make sure that the edger will cut straight each and every time.

If you walk on the lawn while using your edger, you may notice that your arms move around, causing your edger to accidentally cut into the deeper parts of the lawn. Keeping yourself on the edge of the path will keep the edger near the borders of the grass as well. This is the best way to not only maintain a straight cut, but to keep your body from becoming unstable as well.

Lawn Maintenance in Los Angeles

At Lawnscape, we can provide estimates to help you fulfill all of your lawn maintenance in Los Angeles. Whether you need help maintaining those extra edges, or you want some brand-new ideas to give you the best-looking yard in the neighborhood, our talented professionals are here to help. For a no-obligation estimate, simply contact us online. You can also call us at (909) 627-2000 to speak to a representative right away. We look forward to serving your needs!

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Best Ideas for Lawn and Garden Edging

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If you enjoy spending time in your yard, one of the often overlooked touches to many gardens and landscapes is edging.  Edging is used to create clean, defined lines between flower beds and other areas.  While it is most notably used between the lawn and adjoining flower or vegetable garden, it can also be used with flowers or shrubs to separate or divide a patio area and the surrounding landscape.If you enjoy spending time in your yard, one of the often overlooked touches to many gardens and landscapes is edging.  Edging is used to create clean, defined lines between flower beds and other areas.  While it is most notably used between the lawn and adjoining flower or vegetable garden, it can also be used with flowers or shrubs to separate or divide a patio area and the surrounding landscape.

For professional lawn service in Orange County, make sure to enlist the experts at Lawnscape for everything you need for a healthy yard.

As noted, lawn and garden edging is the most common edging done in landscaping.  However, there are numerous options to choose from when it comes to lawn and garden edging. Below are just some of the best ideas to help you in choosing which lawn and garden edging to consider.

Brick or Concrete Edging

A very common, simple and inexpensive lawn and garden edging option is to lay brick or concrete down between the lawn and the garden.  For bricks, because they are already pre-shaped, you have the choice to lay bricks down in many different ways.

• Arrange a pattern of them, laying side by side with the shorter end of the brick parallel to the lawn and garden.
• Turn the bricks and have the longer side parallel.
• Lay bricks down like a brick road.
• Utilize red, grey, terra cotta, or an array of colors of bricks.
• You can also purchase pre-designed scalloped brick edging for a textured look.

For either concrete or brick edging, you can make a slim or wider edging depending on the look or feel you want to give to your garden.  One advantage of having a wider concrete or brick edge is that when you cut your lawn, you can better keep lawn clippings out of your garden and it’s a bit easier for cleanup, as well.

Raised-Bed Edging

Another option for lawn and garden edging is to use materials to use an edging that creates a raised bed out of the garden. This is a great way to add some texture and dimension to the landscape, that might otherwise be flat and one-dimensional. It can also be a way to create a seating area, depending on the materials that you choose to use. For the raised-bed edging design, there are a number of different materials that can be used to edge a raised bed, including brick and concrete. Other materials include railway sleepers, wood planks, vertical logs, patio bricks, and large stones. The important part with this type of edging is to make sure that you build the edging deep enough and sturdy enough to support the weight of the soil and plants inside your garden area.

Short and Simple Edging

If all you want is to add some edging to create a divide between your lawn and your garden, you can do so with simple edging made from wood, plastic, or metal. Any local hardware store will have simple edging of all kinds to choose from. The important tip for choosing any kind of metal edging is to make sure to choose a material, like aluminum, so that it won’t rust or wear away with moisture or weather.

Edging between your lawn and garden doesn’t have to be expensive, elaborate or labor-intensive. But, like most things in life, it all really depends on what type of garden you have and what purpose you want the edging to serve in your yard.

Professional Lawn Service in Orange County

If you are located in or around the Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego or Orange County areas of Southern California, contact the lawn experts at Lawnscape Systems to help you with all of your lawn and garden edging needs. For over 35 years, Lawnscape Systems has been serving the landscaping needs providing professional lawn service for Orange County. Contact us today at 1-800-225-LAWN or contact us online for your free, no-obligation estimate!

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