Edging & Trimming
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EDGING & TRIMMING
Your lawn may be a beautiful expanse of lush, green grass, but if you haven’t done the edging & trimming properly, it won’t look all that great. If you don’t take a little time and effort, the strip of grass lining your walkways and skirting your driveway and flower beds will look sloppy.
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“Edging” refers to a vertical cut to the lawn. Edging is done along the border of bed spaces. It is also usually done along driveways, sidewalk, and patios. Edging puts a fine “edge” in the soil level that defines a space or prevents turf from encroaching on these areas.
“Trimming” refers to cutting the turf height horizontally, just like your lawn mower does. Trimming is performed in places the mower cannot reach, like at the interior corner of a fence. The mower’s turning radius will not usually allow for mowing all the way to the fence. In that instance, trimming is necessary in that area to cut all the grass. This ensures an even height and look across the whole lawn.
IMPROPER MOWING, EDGING & TRIMMING CAN DAMAGE YOUR LAWN
Doing these basic and seemingly easy tasks improperly can wreak havoc on your lawn.
The real danger here is called “scalping,” and it is basically what it says – cutting the plant all the way down to the soil level. This happens when you’ve deliberately set the mower height on a setting that is too low. Another cause is when a string trimmer is used to cut the plants too close to the ground. A commonplace you’d see this is near a fence post or near the curb.
First, most of the grass plant’s moisture and nutrients are stored in the leaf tissue. Cutting too much off reduces the ability to withstand heat and drought stress. We have cool-season grasses that don’t like hot, dry weather, so this resilience is important.
Secondly, it allows more sunlight to the soil. This increases the temperature in the soil and the drying of the soil can “force the grass into dormancy or kill it outright.”
You should always follow the “one-third” rule for mowing or trimming any grass. Here it is: Don’t take off more than one-third of the grass blade at one time. It’s that simple. Any more than that causes lots of unnecessary stress on the plant.
Improper edging can be problematic, too. You want to keep the turf from spilling onto the sidewalk. You DO NOT want to create a 1.5cm wide groove of exposed soil between the sidewalk or curb and the lawn. All that exposed soil is going to create a headache, as it will allow weeds to grow in the lawn – which leads me to the next point….
MOWING TOO LOW CREATES WEED PROBLEMS
Your lawn has a pretty neat natural defense mechanism against weeds – staying long. The very best defense against weeds and crabgrass is to have thick, healthy turf. When the grass is longer, airborne weed seeds (dandelion, groundsel, etc.) never make contact with the soil. In case you missed this in primary school, a seed has to actually be touching the soil in order to germinate. It is really that basic.