How to Edge a Lawn

Learn how to groom the perimeter of your front or backyard.

1-2 hours
How to edge your lawn

A well-kept lawn enhances the curb appeal of any home. Keep your walkway clear of overgrown grass and weeds by shaping the edges and sprucing up the border. Read on for details on how to use a lawn edger to mold your yard into a landscaper's dream.
 

1
Mow and treat
mow and treat

•Before edging a lawn, you should first mow it. 
•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.

2
Choose a trimmer
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.

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Edge the Perimeter
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.

4
Shrubs and Bushes
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.

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Lawn Edging Maintenance
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.