Most all Fort Worth lawns need a straight edge cutting once in a while. Lawns tend to look untidy, unless they are natural state lawns, if their edges along beds without borders are not trimmed. Left uncut, lawn edges tend to grow unevenly and scraggly giving an unkempt appearance. They eventually collapse downward and penetrate growing bed soils leading to more difficult problems to correct. Rather than trying to neaten the edges it is better to just cut them once or twice a year. Some ideas from P.Greenwood’s book, Gardening Hints & Tips will help keep you on track along with the author’s additional comments based on experiences.
Things You’ll Need:
- Edging shears
- Sharp half moom edger
- Straight edged 3/4 inch plywood board, 12 inches by 8 feet long
- Adjustable head line trimmer
- Plastic lawn bags
- Compost bin (optional)
Trim or cut lawn edges on a regular schedule with edging shears. As grass runners grow, trim them off as needed. About once every two or three weeks is usually sufficient. This tool will cut through grass edges and runners and any loose topsoil. Click here if you also want to learn how to edge your garden.
Neaten lawn edges once or twice a year. Use half moon edger to cut through sod and straighten edges. The half moon edge tool works best for cutting straight edges on your lawn when you place a plywood board along the edge of the borderless lawn edge and use the board as a straight edge guide for the half moon edger. Similarly, there is a straight edge cutting tool available on the market shown in the vidio and on this site, Garden Bargins.com. It works in a similar manner as a half moon edger, except it has a small built in straight edge used as a guide for the gullotine-like cutting blade. It costs around 30 dollars US.
Long straight runs may need assistance of adjustable head line trimmers. These electric or gas powered devices save a great deal of time if only used for trimming, not heavy cutting of sod. Cut by hand first then use trimmer to straighten any roughness from cutting that might remain. The author, early in his career, witnessed the old coffee can with string mock up model when the inventer was raising capital for development of what became the Weed Eater. He was soliciting investors from various parties and had visited Corpus Christi, Texas and sought out a land developer from Houston, Texas who was attempting to develop properties in the City by the Bay. An example of what looked like a wierd device that eventually evolved into a revolutionary lawn care device for professionals and homeowners alike!
Cut down through the sod roots. Keep half moon or other edger device in vertical position completely through cutting action. Work edger in rocking manner until you feel the roots give way, then remove. Check to see roots are cut and repeat action if necessary.
Remove all edge cuttings and place in plastic lawn bag. Carry bag to your compost bin or use healty runners to start grass in barren areas. St. Agustine runners work great for this. Plant them in good soil, water well but don’t overwater. Watch them grow. If yhou don’t compost or need the removed lawn turf sod, dispose in trash for removal. Whatever you do, don’t leavy any runner pieces as the will definitly start to grow as you water lawn and planting beds.
Tips and Warnings:
- If you have long bed runs, use a chalk line from one end to the other. Then use board as straight edge. Line board edge with chalk line on grass.
- Wet grass edges before starting, they will make cutting straight edges on your lawn easier.
- Watch your feet, do not try edging or trimming in sandals, flip-flops, or barefoot. Always wear hard soled shoes with solid tops, preferably steel-toed boots.