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Mow & Edge, The Basics of Lawn Care
Article by Jack Stone
Copyright 2003 by ProGardenBiz

Speed. Accuracy. Efficiency. For anyone who has a lot of
lawns to mow these three things are very important.

Speed. Getting the job done as quickly as possible. The
faster you can do a job, the more jobs you have time to do.

Accuracy. Doing the job right the first time you do it.
Having to do part of a job over wastes time.

Efficiency. Doing all parts of a job in a logical, convenient
order, as well as using the right tool or a better tool.

Let's apply these ideas to mowing and trimming a lawn. If you
are like most gardeners the first thing you probably do when
you arrive at a customer's house is mow the lawn. Next, you
edge and/or line trim it. Mow and edge, that's what its called
isn't it? Yes, but the procedure is not efficient.

The edger is the first tool you should use. It's used for
trimming along hard edges such as sidewalks and driveways. It's
more accurate and leaves fewer divots than a line trimmer. With
a proper length blade and an established edge, the edger is also
faster than a line trimmer.

Next, use the line trimmer. Use this tool in such a way as to
cause the trimmed grass to be thrown onto the lawn and not into
beds, groundcover, and shrubbery. The line trimmer is the
messiest of the grass cutting tools you use.

Finally, mow. Not only will your lawn mower pick up grass from
its own activity, but it will collect a good deal of the
trimmings created by the edger and line trimmer. This saves you
raking, sweeping, and blowing time.

Some other ideas: Edge the entire perimeter of a lawn with the
edger. Edge along hard edges as well as beds and tree wells.
Since an edger cuts deeper into the soil than a line trimmer
it's more efficient at cutting stolons or runners on such
grasses as Bermuda and Kikuyu. An edger can also create a clean
crisp straight edge along beds. This is much more attractive
than the typical wavy edge left by a line trimmer.

Don't let grass grow up against fence boards, walls, or plants.
By maintaining a narrow edge with your edger or line trimmer
you can prevent damage to these features as well as using less
line.

Don't run your edger blade right up against concrete. Nothing
works faster than concrete to turn your edger blade into an
edger stub. Create an edge that's at least a 1/2" wide. Such an
edge reduces wear to a blade and makes edging faster.

The line trimmer is the most dangerous of your lawn care tools.
Line trimmers are notorious for the damage they cause to fence
posts, sign posts, bender board, fence board, and stucco.
Avoiding damage to these structures is easy. It's simply a matter
of trimming carefully and slowly. If time is important then you
should create edges, borders or wells around or along these
structures. A combination of proper edging techniques, plant
growth regulators, and herbicides should do the trick quite well.
Plant growth regulators can cut your edging and line trimming
time by as much as 75%. Instead of trimming once per week you may
need to trim only once per month.

The other landscape feature a line trimmer is dangerous around is
trees. There is nothing more unsightly and amateurish than trees
damaged by an inept line trimmer operator. This is the one aspect
of line trimmer use that customers are concerned most about.
Nothing can kill a tree faster than having its bark and vascular
layers slashed by someone who doesn't know how to use a line
trimmer properly. A damaged tree is susceptible to insects,
fungi, and diseases. In some tree species, this can lead to a
quick death. When using a line trimmer around trees and other
plants be very, very careful. Its always advisable to create at
least a small well around any plant that's located in a lawn.

Remember, work smart. Don't work hard, work efficiently.
__________________________________________

About the Author:

Jack Stone is a Contributing Editor for ProGardenBiz Magazine,
an online magazine for professional gardeners and landscape
contractors. Visit ProGardenBiz to find out how you can get a
free subscription, start-up guidanceFind Article, business ideas and
inspiration at http://www.progardenbiz.com.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jack Stone is a Contributing Editor for ProGardenBiz Magazine,
an online magazine for professional gardeners and landscape
contractors. Visit ProGardenBiz to find out how you can get a
free subscription, start-up guidance, business ideas and
inspiration at http://www.progardenbiz.com.



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