Makes, Models, Types, Prices, Where To Buy

If having a great looking lawn is important to you, one tool you will not want to be without is a lawn edger. Regularly mowed lawns, trimmed hedges and shrubs, weedless flower beds--these are all important, of course. But nothing finishes off the look of your landscape like a neatly edged lawn. And nothing does the job of edging your lawn like a lawn edger. A lawn edger will get rid of the lawn which hangs over your sidewalk, driveway, pathways, and flower beds, easily and efficiently. Sure, you can just mow it, or even use a string edger if you already have one. But for a truly neat edge, the lawn edger is recommended. As you begin to shop for your new tool, you should be aware of the types of edgers: manual, gas, electric, and cordless. And you should be aware of what will work best for your lawn based on its size, how much edging you'll be doing, and your budget. We offer information on the available types, top-rated models for each type, approximate pricing, and some places where you can buy one. Come with us as we explore the wonderful world of lawn edgers.

Gas, Electric, Cordless, Manual

These are the basic types of lawn edgers on the market today. Each has it's place, and your selection should be based on how large your edging job is and your budget. Here are the basics for each type. In the following paragraphs we will give information about the top rated models for each type and some basic price information.

As with other types of lawn equipment, gas edgers are the workhorses of lawn edgers, too. They are heavy-duty, do best with larger edging jobs, and cost more money than the other types. But if you have a large job ahead of you, a gas edger will get the job done quickly. Electric edgers work well, are less money, and light weight so that most everyone can handle them. The big drawback is the cord, but most come with about a 100 foot long cord. Cordless edgers work best for smaller lawns. They are economical to buy, and they run about 45 minutes on each charge. That should be sufficient for most any edging job. And you can still buy the manual edgers at most any hardware store. If your lawn is small or if you are interested in an environmentally-friendly edger, this type is for you.

Best Models

  • Gas Lawn Edgers
    Gas lawn edgers range from $150 to $300 in price. The Troy-Bilt TB-15 is highly regarded in this category. Weighing 22 pounds, it has a 4-cycle engine and burns gas, not an oil-gas mixture. Has two wheels, making it an easy and quick job to edge your sidewalks and driveways. Priced around $200. Also priced around $200, the MTD Products 9 In., 148cc Gas Edger takes care of edging your sidewalks and driveway, as well as beautifying your flower beds. If you find yourself in need of a tiller, too, the Troy-Bilt Walk-Behind Tiller/Edger 26cc, Model# 21AT144R766 may be just what you need. Gas-powered, this one tills your garden or makes a nice, crisp edge to your sidewalks and driveway. This sells for about $300.
  • Electric Lawn Edgers
    For under $70 you can own the POWERGLIDE Power Glide Electric Grass Edger. Has 3 wheels for ease in handling. Black & Decker's LE750 Heavy-Duty Edge Hog Landscape Edger is a two-in-one edger and trencher, selling for about $90.
  • Cordless Lawn Edgers
    The handy thing about a cordless edger is not dragging a cord behind you, worrying about coming to the end of the cord with more lawn to edge, or running out of gas in the middle of a job. The Gardeners Supply Company Cordless Trimmer/Edger is two tools in one--a string trimmer as well as an edger. When you want to use it as an edger, just rotate the head--no tools required. Has a powerful 24 volt motor and runs about 45 minutes on a single charge. It's lightweight, weighing about 10 1/2 pounds. Costs about $90. The American Gardener YardStick 10-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Edger and Trimmer also runs about $90 is another one to consider, with a 45-minute run on each charge of the battery.
  • Manual Lawn Edgers
    If you have a small area to edge, don't mind the manual labor, want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment, you may want a manual lawn edger. The Steppin' Edger is easier to use than most manual edgers and costs a mere $40. Instead of pushing it along, you walk along your border and step on the platform with your foot, to push the blade into the ground and trim around your sidewalks. Not much more difficult than a leisurely walk around your yard.

Places To Go For More Information, To Purchase

If you have a Lowe's, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, or other garden supply dealer in your area, you should find these and other models available. Before you buy, consider looking at some of the reviews we read while researching this article. Ace Hardware's web site has an excellent tutorial on lawn edgers. Extreme How-To's web site offeres reviews on many lawn edgers, as well as other tools. If you want to buy online, recommended sites include and Nextag. There's plenty of information out there to help you make the decision as to the best lawn edger for your job, and your pocketbook.

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