Mowing the edges of your lawn can be a fiddly and frustrating job, but if you choose the right approach, you should be able to get those edges looking good without too much difficulty.
The first thing you should consider is whether your lawn has open or closed edges.
Open vs Closed Edges
In order to mow the edges of your lawn correctly, you need to determine whether you'll be mowing open edges, closed edges, or a combination of the two.
- Open Edges: An open lawn edge is an edge that's exposed, e.g. where the lawn is surrounded by a planted border.
- Closed Edges: Closed edges are where your lawn edge meets another surface, such as a path or the side of your house.
Use the Right Tools for the Job!
Depending on the unique characteristics of your lawn, there are a number of different tools that can help you to get those edges looking nice and neat.
- Tools for Mowing Closed Edges: If your lawn and the neighbouring surface are the same height, you can mow over the edge as normal. If the two surfaces stand at different heights, it's best to use a specialist tool like a handheld strimmer to tidy up the lawn's edges.
- Tools for Mowing Open Edges: Our first piece of advice for tidying up an open edge is not to stand on it - this can cause the edge of your lawn to crumble, collapse, or become deformed. The best tool to use for an exposed lawn edge is a pair of long-handled edging shears. This is a great way to get at grass that may have been pushed over the edge (which a lawn mower often won't be able to reach).
There are a wide range of garden tools made specifically for trimming those hard-to-reach areas. You may even need a selection of different garden tools to get the job done properly.
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