Project Guide

How to Edge a Lawn

mow and treat
  • Before edging a lawn, you should first mow it. 
mow and treat
  • We recommend treating any weeds with a lawn weed killer that also preserves your grass.
  • Lay new sod or grass seed in any sparse areas.

Tip: See our grass seed buying guide for helpful information. 

choose a trimmer
  • String trimmers come in gas, electric and cordless varieties. Some also come in a kit with different attachments to tackle different tasks.
  • Gas trimmers are great for larger lawns and can still be used when the ground is damp, while electric trimmers are lightweight and more environmentally friendly.
  • Cordless trimmers usually run on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery making them both lightweight and portable. Maintenance is minimal. 
  • Consider your options and choose one that will best suit your needs. Watch our video on how to choose a string trimmer for more insight.
edging the perimeter
  • Use your string trimmer to slowly edge the border of your yard, following the existing lawn outline. Focus on grass that has overgrown onto the sidewalk and/or driveway.
  • Tread more carefully or use a lower speed around curved areas and near flower beds or stone pavers.
  • Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands and safety glasses to guard your eyes. If you are sensitive to grass, pollen and other landscape debris, wear a face mask to shield your nose and mouth as well.
shrubs and bushes
  • Hedges are an important part of many lawns. After you groom the perimeter, focus on any existing shrubs and bushes.
  • You can prune the excess using hand shears or hedge trimmers, but make sure to work in small sections for an even shape.
  • For smaller yards, consider placing new shrubs along the front of your house, near the mailbox or down the walkway.
  • A simple assortment of rose bushes and evergreen shrubbery is a great start for anyone interested in edging a lawn.
Lawn edging maintenance
  • To maintain the look, your lawn will require regular maintenance.
  • The frequency depends on the time of year, the size of your lawn and how often you fertilize it.
  • Fortunately, edging a lawn is less time-consuming after the initial trim. Start with weekly touch ups to see how quickly it grows, then adjust your schedule accordingly.

Tip: For help choosing pavers to edge your lawn, read our detailed guide here.