If you're looking into lawn care, you might have seen that edging and trimming are two terms that seem to be used interchangeably.
Edging and trimming often get mixed up due to their similar use, however, edging tools are designed to make vertical lines in your garden, such as where walkways are while trimming is used for getting rid of weeds and uneven edges of the lawn.
Down below in our guide, we will take you through the exact difference between edging and trimming below, how to do edging and trimming on your lawn as well as some tips and tricks for both kinds of lawn care.
Let's start with edging, this basic lawn care refers to making vertical cuts to define places such as a flower bed and walkways in your garden.
Edging can actually be achieved with both an edger and a string trimmer, which is why people often get confused between the two.
Lawn edgers are excellent for making an initial lawn outline and stand out borders since they put an 'edge' in the soil to make space. Still, improper edging can damage plant materials so the process of edging must be done slowly.
Trimming on the other hand is often achieved with electric trimmers or gas string trimmers, they are best used for getting into places that a lawn mower cannot reach, such as lawn trimming around plants or getting rid of weeds.
This string trimmer is used horizontally and typically is done after using a lawn mower so that the grass heights can match. Once again, when using a weed whacker you need to make sure you are not scalping the landscaped lawn, these tools are very powerful.
Both an edger and a string trimmer tool can be used for edging and trimmer, but to highlight differences, we will discuss how to edge a lawn and trim a lawn below.
Lawn trimming and edging is essential for creating a well-manicured lawn and are easy to do once you get the hang of it.
We've listed some tips and tricks for doing both of these lawn care practices below.
What are the different kinds of edgers?
There are manual edgers, electric edgers and gas edgers for lawn trimming.
Can I use a string trimmer for edging?
Yes, a string trimmer can be used for edging and vice versa for an edger.
Should you do lawn trimming before or after trimming?
Lawn trimming should always be done before edging and trimming, this is so as the lawn can be of an even height, avoid edging first otherwise, you might cut your lawn too short, this is scalping.
How often should you trim your lawn?
Every time you mow you should technically be trimming any weeds and edges of your lawn, this is so as the lawn can have a blended and uniform look, avoid mowing too often, your grass should never be under a 1/3 of an inch long.
To conclude, edging and trimming is essential for a well-kept lawn, edging is typically used for making outlines while trimming is used for weeds and difficult to reach places. Always wear safety equipment before using both of these tools to avoid injury and use them very slowly to avoid cutting anything you don't need.