May 16, 2019 | Posted in: Annual Maintenance, Lawn Care, Spring Cleaning


Ever wondered why some yards look so much nicer than others, even if they seem to be equally landscaped and cared for?  The trick here is a process called lawn edging.

Put simply, lawn edging is the process of digging a narrow trench at the edge of lawn sections to discourage grass from creeping onto driveways, walkways, garden beds, firepits, or other landscaping elements.


Why Should I Edge My Lawn?

We all know that first impressions matter.

The human brain makes subconscious decisions within seconds of first interaction–decisions about trustworthiness, competence, and likeability.  To make those decisions we collect information primarily from what we see, and even the smallest of details can change that first impression.  Consider how overgrown, bushy eyebrows can ruin a perfectly good haircut—or the effect of wearing that elegant black dress with a pair of sneakers instead of heels.  The little details matter.  Edging your lawn gives it a neat, polished look that elevates that first impression.

In addition, edging around flowerbeds can help prevent invasive grassroots from running in and springing up as weeds in your beautiful garden.   It will also cut down on the need to trim weeds as often, saving you time.

On the surface, it doesn’t sound like rocket science.  Digging a narrow trench along the grass line is a simple concept, but it takes experience to know how to do the job well.  Here are some things to consider:

  • Which tool should you use? Lawn technicians will use up to 9 different tools for lawn edging, depending upon the type of landscaping and whether it’s the initial edging or ongoing maintenance. Knowing which tool is right for the job is essential to doing it well.
  • How far should you dig? It takes experience to learn where the line is between cutting enough roots to prevent weed runners, and cutting so many roots that the lawn starts to die.  By using EnJay’s well-trained technicians you can know that the health of your lawn will not suffer for beauty.
  • How do you make the lines straight? Power edgers, especially, can be difficult to maneuver. And when you’re looking at your feet, it’s easy to go off-course.  EnJay’s professional technicians have special methods to keep the edge lines where they need to be.
  • What about the other roots in the yard? While edging the grass, it’s important to avoid damaging tree roots, bushes, or utility lines.  However, often the lawn line that needs edging is right up near these fiddly areas.  It may need the care of an experienced technician to make sure you don’t run into any problems.

Like many other lawn maintenance tasks, it is possible to do the lawn edging yourself.  It’s also possible to cut your own hair, make your own clothes or manicure your own nails.  But you probably don’t, because having an experienced professional take care of these things for you ultimately saves time and hassle and leaves you looking your best.

Shouldn’t your lawn also look it’s best?  After all, visitors or clients will often first encounter the outside of your property before they meet you.  You have less than a second to make a good first impression.  Make it count.

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