Lawn Care -- Traditional Lawn Edging
Traditional Lawn edging is all about tidiness. Not only does it look excellent when done well but it is practical too. Having a distinct boundary between a lawn and a border or a path makes lawn care easier and helps prevent grass invading borders and paths too. In fact, when using a cylinder mower like mine it is the only sensible way to enable mowing right up to (and over) the lawn edge without risking damage to the strike plate and blades of the mower.
The traditional method for creating a lawn edge involves simply cutting the turf with a garden spade or special edging iron either by following a guide wire or simply using eye measurement. Due to damage from heavy rainfall and winter erosion I chose to install EverEdge, the flexible steel lawn edging system from the UK and the results, I think, speak for themselves.
The Spear & Jackson edging shears I use to maintain the edges were my grandfathers and have certainly hundreds of edging miles on their clock. They have been sharpened many times and still cut wonderfully well. In use for well over 60 years they have cut garden edges in the English counties of Oxfordshire and Essex and during the last decade under my ownership in the Norwegian counties of Møre og Romsdal and Hordaland!