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  • Here Are The Tools You Need To Keep Your Shrubs and Trees Healthy

    Trees and shrubs benefit from regular cutting back to keep them healthy and maintain an attractive plant shape. You'll see people use the terms “pruning” and “trimming” interchangeably for this process, but they're not the samething. Most plants can benefit from pruning, but only a few will need trimming.

    Another thing you need to keep in mind is that you'll need different tools for these different gardening tasks. Keep reading to learn about the pruning and trimming equipment that you'll be using to maintain healthy shrubs and trees.

    Pruning Versus Trimming

    Pruning involves removing branches with the goal of keeping trees and shrubs healthy. You take out branches that are dead, diseased, or growing in the wrong place. Pruning is done about once a year (the exact timing depends on plant species).

    In contrast, trimming is more focused on maintaining an attractive appearance by shearing away the outer branch tips. We often use it for hedge shrubs like boxwoods. For most shrubs, though, it's not a good idea to trim unless you're also pruning to keep the center of the shrub open.

    Pruning Tools

    You'll do most pruning by hand. It's going to take you some time, but you only have to do it about once a year. There are three types of tools available:

    Hand pruners

    • These spring-loaded tools are designed for use with one hand.
    • Use hand pruners to cut branches up to 1-inch diameter.
    • Anvil pruners have one cutting blade that moves across an anvil-like blade. They give you more cutting power but may crush branches.
    • Bypass pruners have two blades that move past each other, like scissors. Sometimes only one blade is sharp. They make a cleaner cut and are best for thinner branches.
    • Ratchet pruners feature a mechanism that cuts in stages with the goal of minimizing hand strain.

    Loppers

    • These tools are designed for two-handed use.
    • Use loppers to cut branches up to 2inches in diameter.
    • Like the hand pruners, they also come in anvil, bypass, or ratchet styles. Some ratchet loppers include features that make them easier to cut with.

    Saws

    • Use these tools for larger tree branches.
    • Hand saws work well for pruning in tight places.
    • If you have lots of pruning to do, especially on large trees, you'll want a chainsaw.
    • For branches you can't reach from the ground, a manual tree trimmer or powered pole saw can help.

    Trimming Tools

    For plants that respond well to trimming, you can trim with hand shears or with electric hedge trimmers. Sometimes you'll trim several times a year.

    Hand Shears

    • These tools work like big scissors.
    • Hand shears work best for small trimming jobs and plants too delicate for a powered hedge trimmer.

    Hedge Trimmers

    • Electric, battery, and gasoline-powered models are available.
    • Hedge trimmers with double-sided blades are used for most types of hedge trimming.
    • Single-sided blades are designed for straight cutting, trimming, and shaping.
    • Pole hedge trimmers work for cutting taller hedges.

     

  • Here’s Why You Should Buy From An Authorized Lawn Equipment Dealer

    When you’re shopping for lawn equipment, you might sometimes see sellers other than certified dealers offering top-brands for sale. Maybe it’s a private party selling a used lawnmower. Or maybe it’s a big box store that seems to have a very similar model to the more expensive one you were looking at from a dealer. And so you ask yourself the question: are there any advantages to buying from an authorized lawn equipment dealer?

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    You Know You’re Getting The Best Quality

    Some manufacturers, like John Deere, have deals with big box stores to make lower-priced models for sale in places like Home Depot or Lowes. To people who don’t do their research, that can seem like a great deal. They get the more prestigious name brand at the same price as a “cheaper” brand. But in most cases, lower prices mean lower quality.

    Manufacturers sell their best models through certified dealers. Similarly, the brands that only sell through dealers and don’t offer box store versions of their products (such as Scag) are typically higher quality. When it comes to lawn equipment, you really do get what you pay for.

    They Service What They Sell

    If you buy from someone other than an authorized dealer, it can make maintenance and repairs harder. Either you’ll be trying to find off-brand parts that will work for your equipment or you’ll still need to go through the dealer for the best quality parts. And when your equipment needs service that you can’t do yourself, you either have to choose between taking it to a dealer you didn’t buy from or hoping that a mechanic who might not be manufacturer-certified knows what he’s doing.

    When you buy from the dealer directly, then you already have a relationship with the people who are best equipped to service your lawn equipment. Look for a dealer, like Richardson Saw & Lawnmower, whose technicians have received top certifications by the manufactures of the equipment they're selling.

    They Can Answer Your Questions Accurately

    Dealers should be very familiar with the brands they sell. And the ones with service centers staffed by manufacturer-certified technicians are particularly reliable sources of information. If you have any questions about the brands you’re considering, a dealer is the best place to go for answers.

    If you’re looking for a dealer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, come visit us. Richardson Saw & Lawnmower holds the highest dealer certifications from manufacturers including Scag, Toro, Stihl, Echo, Honda, and Exmark. We’re your go-to source for the highest quality lawn equipment, parts, and service.

  • How To Choose The Right Hedge Trimmers For Your Commercial Landscaping Business

    When you're picking out a new hedge trimmer to use in your landscaping business, you want to make sure you have the right tool for the right job. Depending on your exact needs, that might mean finding a solid all-purpose hedge trimmer or it could mean investing in more than one trimmer to cover all the different jobs you do. Whatever the case, we're here to help you understand the three big things to consider when looking at commercial hedge trimmers.

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    Pick A Power Source

    Hedge trimmers are powered by an electric cord, rechargeable battery, or gasoline. You'll probably want a cordless model for commercial work so you don't have to rely on your customers having easily accessed electrical outlets. But should you go with battery or gasoline power?

    Gasoline is going to be the easiest for you to refuel as you move from job to job. They're also the most powerful hedge trimmers, which is a plus in commercial applications. But today's battery powered equipment deserves consideration, too. Modern batteries last longer and deliver more power than ever before. If you're working in neighborhoods that have restrictions on noise or engine emissions, then battery powered equipment will work well.

    Choose Your Blade

    There are three things to consider when picking a type of hedge trimmer blade. Depending on your needs, you might need more than one trimmer with different blade styles.

    • Blade length – longer blades let you cut large hedges faster and more evenly. But they can also be hard to maneuver in tight spaces and cumbersome if you're trimming smaller plants. 18-inch should be good for an all-purpose trimmer. But if you do lots of hedge trimming, you might consider getting a trimmer with a longer blade and one with a shorter blade.
    • Single- or double-sided – single-sided blades are a bit safer since you can always keep the cutting side away from you. They're also useful for precision trimming. But for most applications, you're going to want the far more common double-sided blade. Double-sided hedge trimmers are more versatile and help you cut faster.
    • Blade gap – this refers to the distance between cutting teeth. Homeowner trimmers usually have a gap in the 3/8 to 3/4 inch range. Commercial modes often have gaps of an inch or more so you can cut thicker branches.

    Consider Ease Of Use

    You'll also want to look for features that will make your hedge trimmers easy to use. Lighter-weight models are easier to transport and to work with for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, the lighter-weight trimmers are usually less powerful. You'll need to find a good balance between power and weight that works for you.

    Look for trimmers with a wrap-around handle. That'll let you keep a comfortable grip on the trimmer no matter what your cutting angle. And speaking of cutting angles, if you'll be cutting hedges taller than chest height you'll want to invest in an extended reach hedge trimmers. They make it much easier and safer to cut tall hedges. You can get these trimmers with fixed shafts or with rotating blades.

    You'll also want to consider hedge trimmer maintenance. Make sure the trimmer you buy is easy to clean and that you can easily access parts that will need replaced, like air filters and spark plugs. Also, it's a good idea to purchase your hedge trimmer from a dealer like Richardson Saw and Lawnmower that has a full service department standing behind every product we sell. Then, if something does go wrong with your trimmer, we can get it back up and running quickly.

  • 5 Must-Have Tips For Choosing and Outfitting Your Commercial Landscaper Trailers

    If you're a professional landscaper, you know the value of quality equipment. And you need a safe, convenient way to get that equipment from one job to the next. That's where commercial utility trailers come in. These trailers are designed for all sorts of different hauling needs, though, not just landscaping. To make them just right for your business they're going to need some customization.

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    Choosing A Trailer Size

    There are several different sizes of trailers to choose from. The size is going to depend on what equipment you're hauling, the type of jobs you do, and where you'll be storing the trailer. Make sure you take measurements and plan out how you'll store equipment before purchasing a trailer.

    If you do several different types of jobs and want to fit all your equipment in one trailer, you'll need a large trailer. But if you're a mowing company and you want to send out several teams with mowing equipment, you'd want multiple smaller trailers. It all depends on your company's needs.

    Your Trailer Options

    You'll also have to decide whether you want an open trailer or one that's enclosed. There are advantages to both kinds. Open trailers are more accessible, making it easier to move equipment on and off. Enclosed trailers are more secure.

    Also, keep in mind that if you use an open trailer you'll need a place to store the equipment where it's not exposed to weather. Either you'll be unloading the trailer and storing equipment elsewhere every night or you'll need a storage shed where you can park the loaded trailer.

    Keeping Your Equipment Safe

    Whether you're using an open or an enclosed trailer, you'll need to take steps to keep your equipment safe. Improperly strapping down equipment (or not securing it at all) is going to cause damage. If you leave your equipment rolling around loose in the trailer, you will end up with problems like a bent line trimmer shaft, broken blowers, and damaged mower parts (wheels, axles, casters, handlebars, valve covers, etc).

    You'll also need to take steps to prevent your equipment from being stolen. For an enclosed trailer, you'll be able to lock the doors. For an open trailer, using cables and locks will help keep your equipment safe.

    Outfitting Your Trailer

    Here at Richardson Saw, we carry a product line called Trimmer Trap that creates all sorts of mounts and straps to hold specific equipment. Using equipment like this to outfit your trailer will keep equipment more secure than jury-rigging a system to hold your equipment in place.

    Trimmer Trap creates products specialized for open and enclosed trailers. Some of their mounts are for specific types of equipment and others are multi-purpose. They're all designed to optimize space, secure your equipment, and enable higher productivity.

    Be Prepared

    Trailers aren't just for storing your equipment. They're also your on-the-go maintenance shed. Keep a spare tire on hand and basic tools for light machine repairs such as replacing blades, changing wheels, and cleaning equipment.

    Of course, your trailer isn't going to do you much good unless you have some quality equipment to haul around in it. Whether you're looking for Trimmer Trap products to outfit your new landscaper trailer or the best quality equipment to use in your business, Richardson Saw and Lawnmower is the place to be. We'd love to have you stop by so we can answer any questions you have about outfitting your trailer.

  • What's The Difference Between Pruning And Trimming Your Trees and Shrubs? And Why Should You Care?

    Ever wonder if there's a difference is between pruning and trimming? We see gardening experts talk about both, but sometimes it's hard to know which one we should use in our gardens. And the words are used interchangeably in some contexts, which just makes things even more confusing.

    Despite the confusion, there are differences between pruning and trimming. Yearly pruning is healthy for most shrubs and trees, while trimming is best reserved for hedges and keeping overgrown plants in-check. Keep reading for more tips you can use when deciding whether to prune or trim your plants.

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    Pruning Versus Trimming

    Pruning is usually done to keep trees and shrubs healthy. Trimming is more focused on maintaining an attractive appearance. One's more about practicality while the other's more about aesthetics (though there is some overlap).

    Pruning

    When you're pruning a plant, your focus is on removing dead branches or branches that are growing in the wrong place. You're opening up the plant so it will grow healthier. There's an aesthetic aspect to pruning, but its main goal is keeping the plant balanced and healthy.

    Trimming

    Trimming, on the other hand, involves shearing away the outer branch tips. It's often used on hedge shrubs like boxwoods to maintain a neat appearance. Trimming doesn't work for all types of plants, though. For most shrubs, if you just trim the edges and never prune you'll end up with green leaves on the outside and a mass of dead leaves on the inside.

    Pruning Tips

    Pruning is mostly done by hand using hand pruners or loppers, like the ones Corona makes. For larger trees with branches more than 3 inches in diameter you'll use a chainsaw or polesaw.

    • Look up the optimal pruning time for whatever plant you're about to start pruning. In general, prune spring-flowering plants after they bloom, summer-flowering plants early in the year when they're dormant, and foliage plants any time except late autumn.
    • You can prune dead or diseased branches and stems out any time of year.
    • If you're pruning diseased plants, removed the diseased branch by cutting back to healthy wood. Disinfect your pruning tools between each cut.
    • Trim dead branches back to the base of the plant. For other branches, make your cuts above a leaf bud on the outside of the branch.
    • Remove weak and crossing branches that will crowd the center of the plant and/or rub against stronger branches.

    Trimming Tips

    Not all shrubs respond well to regular trimming, so make sure you're only trimming plants that grow well as hedges or ones that need cut-back to keep them from growing into other plants. You can trim with hand shears or with electric hedge trimmers.

    • Trim frequently early in the growing season to control new growth.
    • For most plants, don't let the top of the hedge get wider than the bottom since that will shade the lower branches.
    • Remember to prune as-needed to remove dead growth inside the hedge.
    • Stop trimming about 6 weeks before the first autumn frost date in your area.

    Now that you know what the differences are between pruning and trimming, you've got a good start on understanding the type of care your trees and shrubs need. And if you need some trimming or pruning equipment, stop by our location in Richardson, Texas. We carry a wide range of Cornona hand tools, as well as power equipment for larger trimming or pruning tasks, so you can keep your plants both healthy and attractive.

  • How To Keep A Lawn Mower In Good Condition When You Have To Store It Long-Term

    We all want to keep our lawn mowers in good working order for as long as possible. After all, we've invested quite a bit of money as well as maintenance time into them and we want to see a return on that investment. In keeping with that goal, it's important to take care when preparing lawn mowers for storage. If you won't be using the mower for 3 months or longer, follow these tips to make sure it's not damaged during storage.

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    Clean Everything

    Clean grass, dirt, and debris off the mower before storage. Debris can trap moisture, which encourages rust. Cleaning now will also make it easier when you pull the mower out of storage later, since you won't need to clean it before you start mowing. This is also a good opportunity for you to check the spark plug and filters and clean or replace them as-needed.

    Stabilize The Fuel

    You'll often see recommendations that you either drain fuel or run the mower dry before storing. But as a general rule, it's better to keep fuel in the mower as long as you've added a fuel stabilizer. Never store equipment long-term with unstabilized fuel in the tank (it's better to drain your mower than leave old fuel in it).

    Before storage, buy fresh fuel and add stabilizer to that fuel. Then, fill your tank 95% full with the stabilized fuel (if there was already gas in the tank, use that up or add stabilizer to it before filling). Next, run the engine for a few minutes to distribute the stabilized fuel through the carburetor and fuel lines. And that's all you need to do. The stabilizer should keep fuel fresh for about 12 months.

    Oil As Instructed

    For mowers with four-cycle engines, you'll want to change the oil before storage. Some lawn mower manufacturers will also include additional instructions for lubricating certain parts before storage. For some mowers, they'll recommend spraying fogging oil into the engine. Others say to dribble clean engine oil into the cylinder through the spark plug hole. Remember to check your owner's manual for specific instructions.

    Read The Owner's Manual

    The people who made your mower are the ones who best know how to prep it for storage. Your owner's manual should have guidelines for exactly how to best store your mower. For example, it'll have instructions for lubricating parts before storage, whether or not to disconnect the battery, and what to do about fuel currently in the tank.

    If you've lost the owner's manual you can often look it up online. Or you can get in touch with us and we'll be happy to answer specific questions you have about your mower brand or model.

  • Check Out ECHO's New Top-Handle Chainsaw (It's The Lightest One You Can Get In North America)

    If you're a professional arborist, you already know the value of a good top-handle chainsaw. They're light-weight, maneuverable, and perfect for in-tree cutting work. So we're pretty sure you'll want to know about ECHO's new CS-2511T top-handle chainsaw. It's the lightest gas-powered chainsaw in North America and the most powerful in its class. Keep reading to learn more about this new chainsaw.

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    Compact Maneuverability

    The compact size of this saw makes it over 20 percent smaller than the leading competitor. To quote Joe Fahey, Vice President of ECHO Product Planning, “With a lighter product, end users have less operator fatigue which equals greater efficiency. A more compact saw gives users more maneuverability around tightly woven branches.”

    Updated Oiler

    ECHO didn't just make this saw more compact than its predecessors. They also added some great new features. One of the more innovative is a top-mounted bar oiler. Instead of putting the bar oiler on the bottom of the chainsaw, they moved it to the top for easy-access by the operator. That also makes keeps the oiler adjustment screw from getting clogged by debris. Plus, this clutch-driven oiler only runs when the chain is moving and you can adjust the oiler to your working conditions.

    Bar and Chain

    This saw design includes a side-access chain tensioner for quick, easy chain adjustment. You can use either a 12- or 14-inch bar with the 91PXL chain. This chain features an extra long cutter for extended chain life.

    Powerful Engine

    The CS-2511T is powered by a 25 cc professional-grade, 2-stroke engine. This engine is designed to ensure you're not sacrificing efficiency by choosing a compact chainsaw. And it works: the EPA 2017 Certification Data lists the new CS-2511T as the most powerful in its class.

    Handy Features

    A spring-assist starter makes it easy to start the engine, which is particularly handy when you're working off the ground. This saw also features a captive bar nut so there's no danger of the nut falling off when it's loosened. A swing-out ring makes it easy to attack the saw to a lanyard.

    Keeping Things Clean

    To ensure long engine life, ECHO included features to keep debris out of the saw. The air filter is rear-mounted to keep it out of the way of debris. That filter also easy to clean because of the two-piece design. And this saw has a fine-grid starter cover to keep debris out of the engine. An optional palm debris guard is also available.

    Where To Get It

    If you're interested in getting one of these saws for yourself, come see us at Richardson Saw & Lawnmower. We're an ECHO Signature elite dealer, which means they recognize us as a premier product expert. We carry the broadest selection of top selling ECHO products and our personnel have gone through advanced technical training to provide the highest level of service after the sale. You can trust us to get you the best prices, the best service, and the best ECHO products.

  • Help! My Lawn Is Dying And I Think It Has A Disease

    No one wants to look out on their lawn and see patches of dead grass. But it still happens sometimes. And if your lawn is starting to look unhealthy you'll want to figure out what's going on pretty quick so you can help the grass recover.

    Quite a few common lawn problems are caused by something other than disease. You can click here to read an article about those. But if your lawn hasn't been damaged by things like spilled chemicals, improper mowing, or the wrong balance of water and nutrients then there's a good chance some kind of disease is the problem.

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    Learning About Lawn Disease

    Disease-causing fungi are present in most soils. They're basically sitting around waiting for the grass to weaken enough for them to attack or for soil conditions to change so they can grow faster. Several different types of fungus can cause lawn disease, but they're often triggered by similar things. Damp soil conditions and grass that's stressed by other factors will make it easier for a fungus to cause problems.

    Understanding Your Fungus

    In general, lawn disease will cause individual grass leaves to develop spots and/or loose color. They'll also kill off patches of grass. Some diseases (like rust and anthracnose) cause reddish spots on the leaves. Others (like copper spot and dollar spot) cause roughly circular patches of the lawn to die. You'll be able to identify your specific disease based on how the grass looks.

    There are too many different types of lawn disease to go through them all in this article. For identifying specific types of lawn fungus, look at guides published by companies that make products to treat different lawn diseases, such as this article from Bayer Advanced (click here).

    Getting Rid of Disease

    Once you've identified the type of disease that's affecting your lawn, you can start treating it. The best way to treat lawn diseases is by targeting the root cause of the problem. We'll talk about how you can improve growing conditions in the last section of this article. But that's not always enough to stop diseases that are already killing your grass. Sometimes you have to supplement with fungicides.

    Follow package directions to treat affected areas of your lawn with a fungicide that's designed to target the type of disease in your lawn. Don't treat the entire lawn or continue treatment longer than recommended. You don't want the disease to develop a resistance because you over-treated your grass. If you'd rather not treat the lawn yourself there's always the option to hire professional help.

    Preventing Future Lawn Issues

    As soon as you notice disease problems in your lawn, stop mulching your mowing clippings. You should always bag clippings from affected areas of the lawn to keep the infection from spreading. Try to avoid walking through infected patches and make sure you clean any tools used there before using them on healthy areas of the lawn.

    Try to improve drainage in your lawn and fill-in low spots where water could collect. You'll also want to make sure you're mowing the lawn in a healthy way. Be sure to mow at the correct height and only when the grass is dry. You'll also want to avoid fertilizing the grass when it's not actively growing, since that will stress the plants and make them susceptible to disease. And if you have to replant areas of the lawn choose disease resistant grass varieties so the problem is less likely to come back.

  • 5 Essential Maintenance Tips For Hedge Trimmers

    Like other power equipment, your hedge trimmers need regular maintenance if you want them to keep running smoothly. Keeping up with maintenance will also make the trimmers easier to use, help prevent more costly repairs, and extend the life of your trimmer.

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    1) Lubricate The Blades

    Hedge trimmers use toothed blades that move back and forth along a cutting bar. Your hedge trimmer probably has a dual action blade, which means there are two blades moving in opposite directions so you get faster, cleaner cutting. You'll have to lubricate these blades regularly to keep them running smoothly.

    Check your owner's manual for the recommended lubricant. You'll want to oil your trimmer before and after each use. This will help keep the blades clean, rust-free, and moving smoothly. You can either spray the oil onto the blades or use a cloth to rub it on.

    2) Keep Blades Sharp

    It's pretty easy to tell when your hedge trimmer blades are getting dull. For one thing, the blades will start snagging on branches while cutting. You'll also notice the engine or motor sounds labored. Hedge trimmer blades typically hold an edge pretty well, but lots of use will dull them and they can be damaged by hitting hard objects like wire fencing.

    You can sharpen some hedge trimmers yourself. Check your owner's manual for tips on how to do that. You can also take the trimmer to our service center and we'll sharpen it for you. Some hedge trimmers can't be sharpened, so for those you'll need a replacement blade.

    3) Clean Everything

    Keeping your hedge trimmer clean is one of the simplest things you can do to extend its life. Wipe off dust, plant pieces, and other debris after each use. Never use water when cleaning a hedge trimmer, especially the electric or cordless models. That could damage the internal workings.

    Clean or replace the air filter when it starts to get dirty. You'll also need to clean the carburetor area, cooling fans, and air intake on a fairly regular basis (once a week if you use the trimmer daily). Don't forget to clean the fuel tank, filter, and pipe at least once a season (or once a month if you use the trimmer daily).

    4) Replace Parts As-Needed

    You'll need to check your hedge trimmer regularly to make sure all the parts are functioning like they should. Otherwise, it will make trimming unsafe. Before cutting with the trimmer, make sure the throttle trigger lock, throttle, and stop switch are working. And make sure the handguard is undamaged and securely attached.

    Remember to also check parts like cooling fans, muffler's spark screen, and clutch. Clean if they're dirty and replace if they're damaged. You'll also need to remember to change the spark plug if it's dirty or damaged. Finally, check all cables, connections, and bolts on a regular basis to make sure they're tight and undamaged.

    5) Store Properly

    Store your hedge trimmer indoors when not in use and make sure it's clean before storage. If your trimmer came with a scabbard for the blade, put that on when storing or transporting. And if you'll be storing the trimmer for longer than a few weeks, add stabilizer to the fuel and run the engine long enough to distribute the stabilizer through the fuel lines and carburetor.

    If you have any questions about your hedge trimmers, need some repairs, or are in the market for a new trimmer Richardson Saw & Lawnmower is the place to go. We're committed to supplying you with the best power equipment available and providing the best customer service possible

  • What's The Point Of Lawn Edging And Do I Really Need An Edger To Do It?

    Most of us want our lawns to look nice. That's one reason we make sure we stay on top of mowing the grass. No one wants an out of control yard that looks terrible next to the neighbor's manicured lawn.

    But mowing's not enough if you really want your lawn to look fantastic. You'll also need to take the time to trim grasses and weeds the mower can't reach. And if you want a professional look you'll also need to create a clean line between your lawn and the landscape beds and pavement. Edgers are the tools you'll need to do that in the easiest, fastest, and cleanest way.

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    Edge The Lawn Because …

    Edging the lawn is going to make your regular lawn maintenance take a little extra time. So is it really worth it? We think so.

    It Creates A Clean, Professional Look

    Edging the lawn gives your entire yard a crisp, manicured appearance. If you leave those little tufts of grass sticking up along your landscape bed or creeping over your pavement it's going to look sloppy. And you don't really want that, right?

    It Increases Curb Appeal and Value

    Because lawn edging makes the whole yard look better it increases curb appeal. In fact, it's one of the simplest ways to make your entire yard look more attractive. And that increases the value of your landscape.

    It Protects Landscaping From Grass Roots

    Edging also serves a practical purpose. If left unchecked, grass will grow into landscape beds and over the edges of pavement. Edging creates a root barrier that stops grass from invading. And if you keep up with regular edging it will save you time when you're trimming.

    Your Options For Lawn Edging

    Some people edge lawns using a flat-blade shovel or a string-line trimmer with the cutting head tilted at an angle. Neither of those tools is going to work as well as one specifically designed for edging.

    Long-Handle Manual Edger

    You can get a few different kinds of manual lawn edgers. One option has shears to clip the edges of the lawn. Another is a long-handled tool similar to a shovel with a flat, curve-edged blade on the end. You push the blade down into the soil and rock it back and forth to cut and edge.

    Wheeled Manual Edgers

    The other type of manual edger has a long handle with a wheel and cutting blade. You set the wheel on the pavement edge and push the tool back and forth to make the cutting blade turn. This type of edger requires quite a bit of work to use.

    Handheld Power Edgers

    Most of the power edgers you find fall in this category. They're designed similar to a trimmer, with a power head at one end, a straight or curved handle, and a cutting blade at the other end. They'll have a guide wheel to help keep you on track when cutting and a rotating blade to make a clean edge.

    Walk-Behind Power Edgers

    These tools are set up similar to a walk-behind lawn mower, though they'll often have three wheels instead of four. They let you walk behind your edger rather than carrying it while you cut. They're larger and less maneuverable, but if you're maintaining more than one lawn or a very large yard they make edging easier.

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