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Old 06-03-2012, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I am graduating from the beloved half-moon edger, because my garden is now a lot bigger. Any suggestions for "automated" edgers? I'd prefer something w/ a rechargeable battery.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I just use the weed whacker, turned backwards. I have a nice electric edger, but it's so cumbersome.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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We're resisting buying a gas powered weed whacker mainly because of the expense. This is our first year in the new place and we had to buy a mower and several other tools that take priority.

I'd love to hear from gardeners who are using other means to edge their lawns and beds. Kinkytoes, you mentioned the half moon. What's that like? I saw them in Home Depot and wondered if it could cut the turf ok. It seemed too dull? They had a plain one and something bright yellow with more bells and whistles.

They also had a rotary edger that was about $30 and you have to walk it along as it cuts with a Japanese-martial arts-looking blade.

Our edges are messy right now because the grass is finally growing a little and we have to buy something soon.

So I'm watching this thread for ideas ...
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Our edges are messy right now because the grass is finally growing a little and we have to buy something soon.
Electric weed whackers are inexpensive, but if you really don't want to spend any money you could use a kitchen knife. Seriously. Use one you can sharpen later.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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We're resisting buying a gas powered weed whacker mainly because of the expense. This is our first year in the new place and we had to buy a mower and several other tools that take priority.

I'd love to hear from gardeners who are using other means to edge their lawns and beds. Kinkytoes, you mentioned the half moon. What's that like? I saw them in Home Depot and wondered if it could cut the turf ok. It seemed too dull? They had a plain one and something bright yellow with more bells and whistles.

They also had a rotary edger that was about $30 and you have to walk it along as it cuts with a Japanese-martial arts-looking blade.

Our edges are messy right now because the grass is finally growing a little and we have to buy something soon.

So I'm watching this thread for ideas ...
The half-moon edger is awesome for me. I did use it a lot to edge/re-edge beds, and to cut turf for trees and new beds. It is easier than using a flat shovel to edge.

The way I use it is to dig and loosen the outline of where I want to remove the turf, then I use a hand spade or shovel to lift off the turf. But it is still a lot of work.
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