What Is Trimming & Edging?

By LawnWorld Staff, January 31, 2011

Although not everyone feels the need to have a manicured lawn, trimming helps to keep your lawn under control.  Similar to edging, trimming is a finishing process that creates a clean cut appearance on your lawn.

The Difference Between Trimming and Edging

It’s all about direction and frequency.  Trimming cuts the grass horizontally, while edging is a vertical cut that goes into the soil.  You would trim the grass around a post or against a wall, snipping off the growing grass leaves that don’t make it under the mower.  Generally the leaves are cut with a nylon string that spins rapidly at the desired cutting level.

trimEdging is done around ground level flower beds, along sidewalks and driveways, slicing through the roots of the grass to discourage the grass from spreading too far.  You can use a shovel or special edging tool to tackle this task.

You also edge the lawn much less often than you trim it.  Trimming is done once a month or after every three or four times of mowing, once those areas of hard to reach grass have grown long enough for the lawn trimmer to catch.

Edging, on the other hand, is often only done once or twice a year.  Spring is a popular time, creating a crisp edge between the garden and lawn.  Fall is another good opportunity and gets the grass nicely under control before winter sets in.

An important maintenance task that is more aesthetic than compulsory for growing healthy grass, trimming is easy to do with the right tools.  Take your time and enjoy how crisp and clean your lawn looks when the job is completed.