How to edge with a reel mower



What about edging?

Edging with a reel mower can be tricky. The wheels on either side of the blades will press grass down, but they don’t cut. For the best results along fence lines, curbs, or tree trunks, you may want to mow with your lawnmower, then use a string trimmer to put on the finishing touches.

A string timmer isn’t necessary if your yard is unfenced – if you ask your neighbor, they’ll probably be happy if you cut slightly over the edge of the property line (after all, that means less grass for them to mow).

If you have trees, fountains, lawn ornaments, or other obstacles in your yard, then those are going to be a pain to edge. On the bright side, you can use your reel mower as an excuse to get rid of anything unsightly in your yard. Like that creepy garden gnome. Umm… isn’t it time he traveled the world?

What’s the deal with short people, anyway…

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shari 07.06.10 at 9:38 pm

We have a long sidewalk with grass on both sides. Can we put one wheel on the sidewalk and the other on the grass to get the edge of the grass by the sidewalk cut? The mower would be at an angle, which means the grass would probably be cut at an angle, but would it work?



2 steve 07.09.10 at 3:05 pm

@Shari, Yes, it will work, and as you mentioned it will likely just have an angle to the cut.

3 Becky 05.02.15 at 6:21 pm

My husband mows forward and pulls backward to mow the same space. Will this damage the reel mower. He does this all the way down each row.

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