If you have a lawn, you’ve probably already figured out that you need a mower to keep it in shape. An electric edger could help give a more professional touch to your garden—from tidying up the areas that your mower can’t reach, to keeping the borders of flowerbeds, sidewalks and driveways looking pristine. There are lots of options in this area though: string trimmers, edgers and trenchers—here’s what you need to know.
Do you need a trimmer or an edger? It depends whether you want to cut the grass horizontally, or vertically. A trimmer is used to tackle the bits of your lawn that a mower can’t safely get to—maybe some awkward nooks and crannies, or up round a tree or a fence post; it will cut those blades of grass down to size. An edger is designed for use where your lawn meets your flowerbed, driveway or sidewalk—you wheel the edger along the flat surface, and it lops off any grass that’s growing over it, so you get a nicely defined border.
Battery-powered kit consisting of a weed whacker and a leaf blower for keeping lawns, sidewalks and decks pristine. BLACK+DECKER
It’s worth bearing in mind that unlike a mower, which can pick up cut grass, a trimmer or edger will just leave it where it falls. That can mean that you need to get busy with a rake or a broom to tidy things up afterwards. If you’re looking to make your life easier, think about getting a leaf blower—or even looking for a trimmer/edger that comes packaged with one—to make it easier to get your grass clippings corralled in one place.
Three Depth Adjustments
Corded, high-torque garden tool with multiple adjustments for ease of use. WORX
Trimmers and edgers can do the basic tidying once you’ve already got a flowerbed in place, but if you’re looking to create a flower bed from a patch of lawn, you’ll need a trencher. As the name suggests, a trencher helps you landscape by cutting a trench into your lawn. It requires more power and torque than a trimmer or edger, so it will usually be corded rather than battery powered. It can also be used if you want to lay a shallow irrigation system or wiring for outdoor lights.