Hello, my name’s Andrew with Hoffman Lawn Fertilization. Today I wanted to talk to you about just some basic patterns for edging the sidewalk. This is a service that we provide for each client every time that we come out to mow their lawn. With the string trimmer, in a previous video we talked about how you’re always going to start on the park strip on the left side of the property. With a sidewalk edger, you’re always going to start on the park strip next to the curb on the right side. As far as in the steps, when this service or when this part of mowing the lawn is performed, this would be done last, right before you blow off.
There’s some key reasons why we do that. This has a tendency to turn up some dirt onto the concrete and if we were to perform this service first what would happen is the mower would ultimately run that mud over and it would smash into the ground and make it so we couldn’t clean it off well. That’s why we do this last. I’m going to give you a quick demonstration of how that works.
All right, so as you see we’ve finished this edge that goes along the street gutter. What we would then do is jump across the park strip and hit where the sidewalk is. Let’s do that real quick.
All right, so as you’ve noticed that we’ve got the park strip pretty much completed. We went up one side of the sidewalk and then one side of the driveway. As we move throughout this stick edging, I guess you could say, we go from one section to the next. One section as it ends leads us into another. One thing that we also do is we always edge the sidewalks that lead up to the front door. It’s not just the sidewalks out front or the driveway, if there’s a sidewalk leading to the front door, let’s make sure that we get that covered as well.
One key thing when you are edging a sidewalk, something to always look out for is often you’re going to see sprinkler heads, irrigation heads that are running right along the border, so when you do come across one just be sure to pay attention, lift your stick edger up and over, around that obstacle and then you can continue down your path. Another little tip is while you are using this stick edger, the idea is, it’s got this blade that might measure about three to four inches. You really don’t have to drive that all the way down into the crack.
Really if you just keep it and hover right along the surface, that is good enough. What we’re really looking to do is just have that clean edge where the grass is not hanging over the sidewalk. As you’ve noticed, with stick edging and in a previous video where we talked about the most efficient way to run through a property while you’re string trimming, we always start on the curb side, so it would be in the park strip on the curbside.
Once this part of the service is done, the stick edging, which is right before the blower, you’re going to lead right into that process and the blower will naturally be able to start on the street because that section is already taken care of, people aren’t stepping on each other’s toes and overlapping.