How to Edge Your Lawn like a Professional Landscaper

Many homeowners think that lawn edging should be left to the professionals, but the truth is told, you don’t have to be a landscaper to successfully trim and shape your lawn. You just need to do a little bit of DIY research.


Lawn edging is not the simple act of mowing your lawn, ladies and gentlemen. However, it’s not a science that you have to master, either.

Here, we’re going to teach you how to edge your lawn like a professional – but we’re also going to teach you that mowing, trimming, and blowing off your lawn go hand-in-hand with a clean-cut yard.

The quick 4-step process goes like this:

#1: Edge along all the additional surfaces in your yard (e.g. concrete, brick, garden, tree trunks, bushes).

#2: Mow the entirety of the yard.

#3: Trim the tall grass that the mower couldn’t reach.

#4: Blow any loose grass from the additional surfaces back onto the grass – it’ll look neater.

Basically, if you know that 4-step process, you’re headed in the right direction. You’re going to need a few details, though, aren’t you?

Check out our tips below and then head on out to your yard and start making it pretty.

Tip #1: Mow the lawn before you edge – not after.


Edging before mowing is a huge no-no, and it’s practically a waste of time. If you edge first, you may end up mowing later to find that you didn’t edge to the correct height or that you didn’t get all the necessary grass you needed to get.

Mow the entire yard, first. That way, the mower will get the grass down to the appropriate height. Then, you can take the necessary tools to edge the rest of the grass to the same level, giving your yard an extremely proportionate height.

Tip #2: Take the trimmer out and hold it level to the grass so that the grass height stays the same throughout the yard.


Keeping your trimmers level to the grass is good for maintaining overall yard heights, but that’s not all it does.

If you listen to our #2 tip, you’ll also ensure that you don’t cut too deep into the grass, meaning you won’t have lower spouts of grass in certain areas of your yard than others.

Tip #3: Trim the outskirts of your yard at an angle so that your clippings go back onto the grass.

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Tip #3 isn’t exactly a necessary measure – but it will save you a ton of time and effort when it comes to the cleanup.

It’s super easy to get your trimmer to cooperate and angle your clippings back into the grass for you; all you have to do is configure the guard so that it points onto the grass, and there you have it!

Tip #4: Don’t rush the process.


We get it – mowing, trimming, edging, cleaning … they all take a big chunk of time out of your day. However, if you want a pretty lawn, you’re going to have to deal with the amount of time it will take to get you to your yard goal.

Whatever you do, don’t rush the process. If you do, things could start to look sloppy, and you don’t want that. Pay extra time to areas around trees and plants, because if you don’t manicure these areas well, then the decorative areas of the yard will not do their job.

Go slow. Go steady. Pay attention when edging so that you don’t cut into trees, plants, flowers, or vegetables. If you do cut into certain areas of the yard the wrong way, such as trees, plants, and soil, you may harm their immediate environment and cause an outbreak of disease – then your lawn will look dead as opposed to pretty.

Tip #5: Clean the cracks around your yard, too.


If you have a concrete sidewalk or brick pathways, you may see weeds or unwanted grass growing through the cracks at times. When you’ve completely mowed/trimmed/edged your lawn, head on over to these areas and trim them. The last thing you want to see is a beautiful lawn with a few stray hairs of grass floating in random areas.

If you don’t get your lawn perfect the first time around, there’s no need to worry and stress yourself out over it. Some homeowners take a little while to perfect the methods, but hey, at least they save money in the long run.

You can still hire a professional landscaper if need be. Our suggestion? Pay a little attention to him or her while they’re doing their job. Maybe you can analyze them, study our tips, and configure a perfect edging method for yourself.

Remember, these tips are easy to learn and go along with, but there’s always room for improvement when it comes to your own lawn.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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