By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Nothing does more to define a landscape than a finely edged lawn that outlines flower beds, trees, clusters of shrubs and walkways. Edging is like a good manicure and creates a fine line landscaping your property. Lawn edging is a staple service of landscapers, who make short work of the job.
If you invest in a string trimmer and do the edging yourself you could save enough to pay for the trimmer in a single summer. String trimmers range in price from $70 to $100 for cordless, up to $140 for a 12-amp electric tool, and $200 and upwards for one that is gas-powered. Electric units are environmentally friendly; 2-cycle gas units are not, but there's another option. Craftsman introduced a new propane-powered string trimmer that uses a standard 16.4-ounce propane canister that costs about $250. In addition to clean operation, the unit doesn't have a carburetor to gum up with stale gas when it's not in use.
To edge trim 600 feet of lawn a landscape service will charge $45. To have it edged 8 times in a typical growing season you would pay $361. Investing in a propane-powered string trimmer and your time is easy on the planet and will save you money in the long run. An alternative: Spend $25 on a hand edger and do it by hand.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to edge trim a lawn lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020