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 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.