Mowing Lawn Edges

Here is a better understanding of the two:

Open edges

It is important not to stand on the edges when gardening or mowing. Start to trim the edges using an appropriate tool like an edger or electric trimmer. This should be done after every 2 to 3 cuts. Make repairs to the edges with a half moon edging tool. Do this only when there are noticeable imperfections.

To have a better look, the edges should have 20 to 40 degree angles on them. This means that one should cut sloping outwards from top to bottom. This is vital as it helps to prevent drying and ugly brown edges.

Lawn edging

Closed edges

This is suitable where the lawn and the adjoining surface are level. This will enable you to mow without any problem. If the levels are slightly different, you can opt to use shears. If it’s only a little lower, you need to raise the height in order to avoid damaging the hard surface.

When the lawn is slightly higher than the other surface, you have to raise the height. This will help to minimize scalping on your lawn.

During summer, majority of closed edges do dry up. The reason this happens is because the surfaces they border are made of stone, brick or concrete. During summer, these surfaces do get hot and retain the heat during the cool evening. This means that they act as night storage heaters.

What you need to know is that this effect has a severe drying result to the soil. To prevent this, you need to install an insulating barrier. For example a plank of outdoor or decking timber. This is because it won’t heat up as it is a poor conductor of heat. Always keep the edges well watered in summer.



Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.


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