Edging Your Lawn Like A Pro

One of the first things you’ll notice on a beautifully maintained lawn on a fine home in a nice block is not only how clean and well mowed their lawn is but also how precise and straight as arrows the edges are. Being able to edge your lawn and keep it well groomed makes your lawn stand out and look like a million bucks! You know what it’s really like? Like when you got to get a haircut. They cut the proper length of your hair, style it just like you want, and then the trip up and “edge” around your ears, your sideburns, and the back of your neck. Nothing looks better than a well-executed haircut by a pro.

The same thing holds true for your lawn. Once you mow it and fine trim all the edges and make them look flawless, you get a sense of pride and fell pretty damn good about the work you just did.

So today, we’re going to go into how to edge your lawn like a pro. You’ll notice that most professional lawn care service providers do things with incredible precision and speed. Hey, they’re pros! They know what they are doing. The majority of these folks don’t use an edger or a specific tool for edging lawns. They use their weedwhackers. The reason is that they can edge out a lawn in just about 2 minutes with it. Hell, even asphalt sealcoating companies are pros at it. They edge before the seal coat driveways along edges to not get their sealants on the grass. So here is exactly how they do it.

First off, they fire up their weedwhacker or trimmer or whatever you like to call it in your neck of the woods. Once it’s on, they hold it like they normally would. Then, they simply flip the entire thing right over and hold it upside down. This creates the string spinner from being horizontal to becoming vertical. They hold it upside down in a way where instead of pulling the trigger to rev up the string, they use their thumb to push the trigger down. Once they have their hand in place hold it upside down, they raise the back part of it over their shoulder and hold it firmly.

Oh, before they even begin, the first judge and see which way the string will be spinning. The reason is so they know on which side to stand on as they walk along and edge the lawn. They make sure that the direction they are going will not shoot off rocks and debris onto a window, property, or cars that may be parked nearby.

Once they’ve determined which way they will face the edge of the lawn, then it’s time to start edging that lawn. All the day is walk and hold the trimmer firmly. They follow a straight line in vision on the ground. They get down to the dirt with the timing moving along steadily. Most of the time you see one of these props do it, it looks really easy for them because, for one, they’ve probably been doing it for years. Number two, they’ve probably been edging that same lawn for a long time and a channel or groove begins to set in and it’s just easier to follow along.

The first time you do this, expect some gashes in your lawn and some crooked lines. No big deal. The grass always grows back. You’ll get a shot to practice over and over again. Once you get it down you’ll start edging your lawn like a pro. You’ll get good at edging around trees, bushes, and planters. Before you know it, it will look like a laser came by to edge your lawn. That’s how good your lines will look. Special thanks to our friends over at Lawn Care Stockton for their tips and expertise!

Lawn Care Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

It’s late Friday afternoon and you’ve heard just about everyone at work, work their round of saying “Thank goodness it’s Friday!” and laying out their awesome weekend plans for this coming weekend.

You, on the other hand, have work to do around the yard first thing Saturday morning. The cool thing? You actually like cleaning up your yard! It’s a pretty damn cool feeling seeing a well-maintained yard to come home to every day. But a well-groomed yard doesn’t just get groomed on its own. Just a like a great barber, a homeowner should have at least these three tools of the trade in their house to keep that yard in tip-top shape.

The 3 Lawn Care Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

This goes without saying, but nothing will get down without a lawnmower. The lawn mower you choose will be the number one tool in your arsenal to keep your lawn nice and properly maintained. Now you gotta pick wisely here with so many options out there. You got self-propelled for you guys out there that’s cardio conditioning has gone way downhill since you the days of you finishing the 1 mile run in high school in 7 minutes and 30 seconds, and basically, need the mower pulling you around instead of you pushing it. Goes without saying though, those self-propelled mowers are always a bit more pricey.

Then you got regular, plain old gas-powered push mowers. These are the norm and are priced affordably that even a kid down the street has bought one to start his own mowing service. If you got a normal sized lawn and it’s on flat ground, this is the way to go.

For all you pajama wearing, tree hugging, and skinny jean wearing boys out there, they also got some of the electric plug-in mowers and battery powered mowers. These are fine too and work great for those individuals that have a hell of a time get the gas to oil mixture ratio just right. Just plug em in and go to town! Just be careful not to chop up the cord.

There are also those old-school push mowers that are just human powered. What is this? The middle ages? Avoid those things! Those are for punishing teenagers who stay out too late and drink cheap beer with their pals.

Every Homeowner Should Have This Lawn Tool

You have to have a trimmer. Also referred to as a weed whacker or weed eater. How else are you gonna trim those edges along your lawn? You’ll also need a damn good trimmer with some real “oomph!” and not one of them sissy electric ones. You’re going to have to trim deep into the grooves of the lawn edges and this means hitting a little bit of dirt. I go into some good detail on how to trim and edge your lawn here. You’ll need to trim around bushes and tree too to make sure everything looks fantastic.

These things always run and gas and oil mixtures. Don’t be a wuss and stress about not being able to mix it just right. There’s direction right on the oil packaging for crip’s sake! You also got youtube.

The Last Lawn Tool Homeowners Should Own

So, you’ve cracked open a beer late Saturday afternoon. You’ve fired up your self-propelled mower and made some sweet looking lawn lines on your lawn. You’ve fired up your gas trimmer and edged the edges so sharp and straight that you can lay a laser pointer along the lines just to prove to your buddies just how straight your lines are. Everything looks great except there are crap and debris everywhere!

This is where a good blower comes in. You need it to finish up the work and who wants to push a broom around? You just finished the yard work and got a second beer waiting for you and you need to sweep? The hell with that! Blow it all away!  For these things, I’d recommend an electric blower. Why electric? Because you will hardly be running this thing long. Plug it in with an extension cord and blow everything off in about 3 minutes. Why waste more of your gas and oil on something you’ll run 3 minutes a week. Get electric. It’s the way to go.

Special thanks to our boys at The Pro’s Lawn and Garden in Paso Robles, CA for the tips on this post. You can visit their services at  http://www.pasorobleslawncare.com