How To Trim Lawn Edges

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Why Must You Edge Your Lawn?

Let’s start by understanding this point; you don’t need to edge your lawn, but you should edge your lawn. Regular mowing and basic lawn care will lead to a beautiful lawn, but this is made even better if you know how to trim lawn edges.

Edge trimming changes the look of your lawn, providing a fresh, crisp border for the area and an overall improved presentation. With regular lawn edging as the final touch in your lawn care routine, you (and your neighbours) will notice the difference.

Read on to learn more about lawn edging and how the experts at Amico can help!

How to Cut Lawn Edges Quickly and Accurately

While the simplest way to cut your lawn edges accurately is to call in the gardening experts at Amico, you can cut lawn edges yourself by following our steps. This task can be made easier with a string trimmer, or electric edger; or you can do it by hand!

Here we have some steps so you can learn how to trim your edges and create a straight line that looks great.

Steps to cutting the perfect lawn edges

Before you begin, we recommend gathering the following equipment:

  • Half Moon Edger
  • Ear protection
  • Long Handle Grass Shears
  • Gardening gloves
  • Line Trimmer
  • Safety glasses
  • Shovel

Step 1 – Mow your lawn first

The first step is to mow your lawn to allow a clearer straight line to follow when trimming. Mowing will expose your lawn’s original lines and curves, creating a blueprint for you to follow.

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Step 1: Mow your lawn

Step 2 – Trim the edges

If you are using a power edger, keep away from any concrete, pavers or sidewalks. Instead, follow a specific path and trim between the lawn and hard surface. This will ensure you do not damage your edging trimmer while creating clean edges.

Step 3 – Edge from the walkways for better accuracy

Always stand on any hard surfaces when you trim edges instead of the lawn. This creates an even surface and a clear view of the edge for you to naturally follow with your edger.

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Step 3: Cut from the walkway

Step 4 – Take your time

The more precise you are with your edge trimming, the better the results will be. Take your time and be careful of the raised edge on garden beds. You will improve as you practice and be able to get the job done quicker and achieve a straight edge with more experience. Alternatively, you can save all of your time and pass the task over to our expert team to handle for you!

Step 5 – Check your equipment

To make sure you are cutting grass and not the hardscape, always keep a close eye on your equipment and use a string trimmer or weed wacker for any tight areas. Always keep an eye on which way your blade or trimmer string is spinning, and if your trimmer runs clockwise, move right to left. This also means that any ejected trimmings and grass blades will go on the lawn and not the flower beds or hardscape.

Tools you need to edge your lawn

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Get the perfect lawn using the best tools for the job

Edging your lawn is made easier with the right equipment, and here is a quick explanation of the available options:


  • Electric Lawn Edger: This is a quick way to trim unwanted edges, explicitly designed to keep your yard looking neat. These often feature a dual-cut blade that provides a vertical cut into the lawn, creating a border for your driveway and paved areas.
  • Cordless Electric String Lawn Edger: An electric lawn edger that does not require a power plug, giving you complete freedom around the yard and no accidental cutting of your power supply!
  • Half-Moon Edger: This manual tool digs deep into the ground, cutting clean edges. While this requires more elbow grease, it is an inexpensive option for smaller areas that don’t require a power source.
  • Edging Sheet Barriers: These are often plastic sheets that can help you separate your trimmed grass from other lawn areas.
  • Rotary Edger: Less strenuous but similar to a half-moon edger, this tool is one of many grass trimmers designed to trim the grass with serrated blades that are sometimes self-sharpening.
  • Wooden Log Edging: An alternative to plastic or metal edging, this can be a great way to edge your garden beds with a natural aesthetic that suits the rest of your exterior design.
  • Gas Stick Edger: This gas-powered lawn edger works like an electric edger but with more power.
  • Walk-Behind Gas Edger: The commercial-grade option is better suited to larger spaces.

Let Amico help you achieve that perfect trimmed lawn edge look

While you can handle this task yourself using the steps above, you’ll save a lot of time and ensure professional results with the expert gardeners at Amico! Let us handle your overgrown edges while caring for your precious plants. We’ll ensure a clean edge every time, giving you the best lawns on the block!

Just call 1300 – GARDEN (1300 427 336) to speak to one of our team or get a free quote online today!


Can I cut my lawn edge or do I need a professional service?

You can certainly cut your own edge DIY however a professional service will save you time and ensure you get a perfect edge. A professional team like the one at Amico has the experience tol run a full care plan for your grass, fixing split ends na d creating a neat border for your walking areas.

How can I cut the edges of my lawn without a trimmer?

You can use a sharp knife or manual edger to cut your lawn edge without a trimmer. This will, however, take a little bit more time. Save all of your time by handing the task over to the professionals who will supply all of the required equipment to ensure a quality result.

About The Author - AMICO’s Founder – Ami Bauer

In 1994 Ami Bauer left his corporate management career in retail. Not knowing exactly what to do next, he started mowing lawns and gardening, mainly as a fill in job till he figured out his future.

So starting with little more than a motor mower, a utility truck and business name (Ami-co) he set forth into his local suburbs and for the next few years Ami found the business rewarding and it expanded rapidly.

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