Lawn Edging: How to, Benefits, Tools, and Materials


Lawn edging is the activity of creating clean borders for your lawn by using a trimmer tool along the edges of your lawn, which can be further defined permanently by adding physical barriers.

Besides making your lawn look neat and tidy, edging can also: 

  • Add value to your landscape with little cost
  • Stop weeds from traveling between beds
  • Create barriers to direct foot paths
  • Keep mulch or other materials in place
  • Save time during lawn trimming

Edging is an easy way to touch up your lawn’s appearance and make it easier to maintain. Here are some tips to help you.

The Tools

There are 3 main tool types when it comes to edging your lawn:

1) Walk-Behind Edger

This motorized tool resembles a lawn mower as you push it along the edge of your lawn. A spinning blade at the bottom creates a clean edge along the grass, which can slant based on bevel adjustments. This tool works best for large, straight lawns with wheel accessible edges. 

2) Manual Stick Edger

Also a great tool for a quick workout, a manual stick edger has a rotating blade attached to wheels at the end of a rod. This is pushed along the edge of the lawn, with the rotating blades creating a clean edge. This tool is recommended for small and uneven surfaces.

3) Motorized Handheld Edger

Combining the best of both worlds, a motorized handheld edger provides the power of a walk-behind edger and the flexibility of a manual stick edger. These come with a guiding wheel at the end of the attachment to help create straight edges. With some practice, the results from these tools are great, creating sharp, defining edges along your lawn.

How to Edge Your Lawn: 5 Simple Steps

1) Mow your grass

This helps keep your edging length consistent with your grass length. 

2) Plan the path

Survey and delineate your path- look for obstacles and debris along the way.

3) Choose your edger

Motorized edgers are less cumbersome than walk-behinds, but are slower for large lawns.

4) Edge the perimeter

With a sturdy pair of gloves, shoes, and eye protection, walk your edger along the border with the blade facing toward the lawn.

5) Clean up

Use a brush to clean all grass and residue from your edger’s blades. That’s it!

Permanent Edging

When edging along a garden bed or mulched area, placing materials to fill the perimeter can provide a sharp, defined edge without having to continuously maintain it. A permanent barrier can also limit weed spread between flower/garden beds and your lawn when pushed far enough in the ground. Here are some common materials used to delineate boundaries:

  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Wire fencing
  • Black hosing
  • Plastic
  • Aluminum

These materials vary greatly in flexibility, color, and durability, making it important for you to understand your lawn’s needs before choosing. Brick and concrete tend to be hardier, with plastic and hosing commonly used for wavy edges. Wire fences can be great for keeping pets out of desired areas. No matter the choice, these materials provide a great way to make your lawn more appealing.