Troy-Bilt lawn edger

Posted by on July 4, 2013

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Curved or linear beds with echoing color and dazzling rhythm often fall short on presence when they are frayed at the edges. Freshening up the edges of a garden bed is like adding the perfect pair of earrings to your favorite little back dress.

Garden bed edging can be as simple as a cut where turf shifts to hard-scape materials, temporarily or permanently, tidying up an edge. The addition of edging is often overlooked, but it adds value to the overall garden design. Without a crisp transition, a garden bed can look unfinished. Even a country garden, where a casual aloofness reigns, benefits from a finished edge.

Adding an edge can help contain the patio paving material and serves to visually unify other landscape and architectural features. The area where a bed ends and  turf begins needs a transition for aesthetic reasons, and it performs a function as well. A bed’s edge helps keep your garden tidy at the same time as it holds back soil, defines lines, keeps mulch from migrating into the lawn, and prevents weeds from creeping into the bed.

In the past, my bed edges were created with a hand-dug, V-notch edge. To accomplish this, I took a flat-bladed spade into the abutting turf to dig an edge.  Each year right before I mulch, I re-dig the lines, taking the dirt along the edge and heaping it about six inches back, tapering towards the freshly dug area. The area then gets a top-dressing of mulch. I can’t stop the edges from collapsing, but I did find a better way to make a crisp edge.

As Troy-Bilt  Saturday6 blogger, I get to do a giveaway! Because I’m crazy about a good looking, crisp, bed edge, I’m offering the 158cc 4-cycle lawn edger.

I’ve used mine a couple of times now, and it works great. I would use it more, but the beds don’t need it. The crispness holds nicely. The edger is easy to start, has adjustable depth, and get this, the blades don’t ever need sharpening. They ‘re actually designed as a dull edge. And if I ever need it, I can also double up on the blades to make a wider cut, perfect if I need to dig a trench for something like an invisible dog fence.

If I could make one improvement, I would make it with an auto advance. Yes, I know that is a tall order for a lazy gardener, but to be fair, it did occur to me. Mind you, I can push it just fine, but if anyone every needed to spoil me, that is a good way to start– auto advance.

 

 

Click on the photos to better see the before and after.

To enter to win this Troy-Bilt lawn edger, just leave me a comment and tell me your favorite garden edge–brick, stone, binder-board, crisp lawn edge, and where you saw it– Chanticleer, The Denver Botanical Garden, Helen’s Haven, or whatever and wherever it was!

For bonus points, follow Gardening with Confidence® on Facebook, more points to follow me on Twitter, and for double points, tell a friend about this giveaway. Because it’s a holiday today, which means it is, no doubt, a holiday weekend, as it should be, this giveaway ends in 2 weeks. Get you entries in! Good luck. And thank you for stopping by.

Sadly, the entry is limited to United States only.

GIVEAWAY ENDS, THURSDAY JULY 11, 2013

Imagine the possibilities!

Imagine the possibilities!

This is a paid review for Troy-Bilt, who provided the edger to me at no charge as a Saturday 6 blogger. They have encouraged me to write an honest review of their product, be it negative or positive. 

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67 responses to “Troy-Bilt lawn edger”

  1. Lynda says:

    Thanks for the info. I love a clean look and this looks so easy!

  2. HelenYoest says:

    I really is, Lynda. Good Luck!

  3. Meghan says:

    My favorite is a crisp lawn edge as seen at Helen’s Haven. Brick runs a close second. This edger looks really nice!

  4. HelenYoest says:

    Oh man, did I set you up for that compliment? Hee-hee. I really do love a crips edge, and agree with you, running brick would be my second. I’ve often thought that when the kids are gone, I would encircle the “soccer field” with a brick path/edge.

  5. HelenYoest says:

    Oh man, did I set you up for that compliment? Hee-hee. I really do love a crisp edge, and agree with you, running brick would be my second. I’ve often thought that when the kids are gone, I would encircle the “soccer field” with a brick path/edge.

  6. My first choice is a sharp lawn “landscaper’s edge”. After that I love to go with natural materials. Stacked stone, small tree trunks that have been sawed to size, and I especially love wattling.

    p.s.: LOVE the red bench!

  7. HelenYoest says:

    Thank you, Michael! I LoVe wattling too. Wishing you luck! H.

  8. Jen jahnke says:

    All the lawns in my mother in laws neighborhood have that crisp line and I’ve wondered how they do it! I follow you in Facebook and twitter and shared this post with my friends!

  9. HelenYoest says:

    Thanks, Jen!

  10. I really need an edger because I’m having troubles with weeds around my rock edging in my front garden. If I had a crisp line it would make such a difference.

    And my favorite border is a wine bottle border. Ya gotta love that you can have friends come over and help you make leftover wine bottles so you can have a border. ::chuckle::

    Here’s a link to what it looks like – http://shawnacoronado.com/2011/07/the-recycle-wine-bottle-initiative-how-to-build-a-wine-bottle-path-2/.

    LOVE YOUR WORK – keep it up lady!

    Shawna

  11. HelenYoest says:

    Thanks, Shawna, and backacha, babe!

  12. Vivian says:

    I love a clean edge but many of my beds also have a natural limestone stacked wall. It depends on where and what is planted.

  13. HelenYoest says:

    Wishing you luck in winning, Vivian!

  14. Gary Church says:

    I edge every year with a spade. Since I’m getting quite old, it would be nice to use an edger.

  15. HelenYoest says:

    Gary, I remember edging every year with one of those wheel edges. I thought I was going to grow old faster. I’m much happier now.

  16. I’m not entering, since as a Saturday 6 blogger last year, I received a Troy-bilt edger. I LOVE IT. I too love a crisp edge.

    I don’t remember where I first saw edging done like that – probably in a magazine, but I was attracted to it and feel the same about it as you do, Helen. It’s a little thing that yields huge returns in appearance.

  17. HelenYoest says:

    You are right, Kylee, it is the little things that yields huge returns. H.

  18. Helen, I love the beautiful edges in your garden. Goodness knows, our garden could certainly benefit from a Troy-Bilt edger! I think the most interesting edging/border I’ve seen recently was during the SF Fling–I love how so many gardens, like Rebecca Sweet’s lovely paradise, use succulents as borders. Just gorgeous! I’ve also like the upside-down wine bottle edging used in some gardens I’ve seen in NC–very cool. Thanks for the fun giveaway, and Happy 4th!

  19. HelenYoest says:

    Good luck, Julie. Thanks for entering. I hated missing Fling, and seeing Rebecca Sweet’s garden, in particular.

  20. Ann Rein says:

    I have mostly brick edges, but I’d love this edger for the parts that don’t have the bricks. I wonder if it would work right up next to the brick walks??

  21. HelenYoest says:

    It should do fine, Ann. I use it against pavers, and they are only set in sand.

  22. Lona says:

    I like the lawn a lawn edge myself, maybe because for me it is cheaper.LOL! Looks like a great tool to have for my garden.

  23. Anne Larson says:

    I’m about half way through my beds–natural edging is the perfect touch to a woodland shade garden, which is what I have. I’ve been doing a hybrid method–using a half moon “sidewalk” edger (step on) to do the vertical cut against the grass, and my favorite sheet flat edge space for the bevel. The difference in look between what has been edged and not edged is incredible. I dream of having the power of a little beauty like the Troy-Bilt keeping me on top of my edges (so to speak!:)) throughout the season! thanks for the review!

  24. HelenYoest says:

    It really can make or break the good looks of the garden. This Troy-Bilt is da-bomb. Good luck, Anne. H.

  25. Nancy Rench says:

    This looks like a really great tool. Would love to have it. I prefer a nice clean edge in my garden

  26. HelenYoest says:

    Yes, Nancy, I agree, a nice clean edge. It’s funny really, it’s also the cheapest edge you can have, so it isn’t always about the money. H.

  27. JP says:

    While I love to see clean edges on other people’s lawns and gardens, it makes me feel best when it’s mine!

    I had a landscaper do my yard last year after being hurt. One of the first things he did was to edge all of the beds. Even that alone makes a big difference.

    I’m back to doing the yard myself and would love to have the help of answer edger.

  28. HelenYoest says:

    JP, I’m glad you are back in the saddle, sorry to hear about your injury. This would be just the ticket. Wishing you good luck! H.

  29. I love an edged lawn. It’s just a beautiful detail, even in a country setting like ours.

  30. HelenYoest says:

    Garden is all in the details. H.

  31. I like a crisp lawn edge, and while I don’t mind doing it, I seldom have time! This would be a great tool to own!

  32. HelenYoest says:

    This will save you time, Jenny! Good luck!

  33. Brad Karels says:

    I love repurposed, century old brick. I often wonder what building it might have been a part of and who the bricklayer might have been. My garden is just the page on the history of those bricks. They will likely stand agin elsewhere.

  34. HelenYoest says:

    Gosh, that sounds nice, Brad. H.

  35. Linda S. says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, how I long for crisp edges! Currently I do it the old-fashioned way, using a spade. In some areas, my husband is repurposing some old brick, laying it side by side, not end to end and that is looking quite nice. The fancy edge would make the beds in my nearly 3 acre yard so much easier on the eyes (not to mention the back and knees)!!

  36. HelenYoest says:

    Linda, I’ll be the old brick will look wonderful, and even with a material edge, a crisp edge is still needed. It just MAKES the garden. H.

  37. Jason Best says:

    My favorite edging material is reclaimed vintage brick. The combination of practicality and beauty of old bricks is a winner every time.

  38. HelenYoest says:

    I love that look too, Jason!

  39. Sleepyheadedmom says:

    Our new house is in the woods so I prefer a natural stone around the beds. Even though it’s “natural” looking and there are no straight lines you really do need to edge it. Weeds, and grass creep in between the stones. I’ve been doing it with a manual edger and it’s getting old quick.

  40. HelenYoest says:

    You are too right, Sleepyheadedmom, it’s hard to look natural, in a garden and in appearance! lol. H.

  41. LaJuana Dunn says:

    Nothing beats the crisp edge of lawn against the garden soil. I love river rock or stacked stone for retaining walls but still need the border in front of it. And you know I love my bottle border but that’s between pea gravel and soil. :) I follow you and Pepper on FB! And you on twitter! And I’ll recommend this to my other gardening friends!

  42. HelenYoest says:

    Thanks for entering, LaJuana! Good luck, and thanks for spreading the word. H.

  43. Patty Williams says:

    A nice border edge is something we always struggle with ! As of right now, there is no type of structured edging on any of our beds. –except for where there are walkways and that is done in pavers . (or the concrete driveway) Thank for the chance to win and thanks to LaJuana for alerting me to your blog . I will follow you on FB.

  44. HelenYoest says:

    Thanks for entering, Patty! I agree, no matter what your edge, it looks better with a fresh cut. Good luck. H.

  45. Lisa says:

    I am missing an edger from my tool arsenal. My largest bed alongside my driveway is edged with firewood that was cut too long for my insert stove. I wish I had dug a trench before I put it in because it’s still hard to mow right up along side it. The edger will come in handy for the rest of the front yard beds where the mulch bleeds into the lawn and the weeds creep into the borders of the beds. Thank you!

  46. HelenYoest says:

    Hi Lisa, I have a list of wishes I had done in the garden. Live and LEARN. Good luck! H.

  47. I have aluminum edging on part of my beds, and I like the look, but since I tend to mow less often grass just grows right over it and I lose the edge. Might as well just occasionally use an edger! :)

  48. HelenYoest says:

    Might as well is right, Benjamin! H.

  49. Patricia C says:

    My favorite garden edging is brick. I can’t recall where I first saw brick edging but I’ve seen it lots of places over the years. We live in a centuries old home that had an unused fireplace chimney. The chimney was leaning big time. So we took it down from the roof into the attic and repurposed the brick as edging

  50. Carol Yemola says:

    My favorite garden edge is the crust lawn edge. Very easy to low around the islands without obstruction.

  51. Carol Yemola says:

    I follow Gardening With Confidence on Twitter.

  52. Carol Yemola says:

    I follow Gardening With Confidence on Facebook.

  53. Carol Yemola says:

    I have this type of edging around my islands, but it isn’t as neat as yours!

  54. Carol Yemola says:

    I am telling my daughter to enter this!

  55. Patricia C says:

    oops I forgot to add that I’m a follower on twitter and like on facebook

  56. Jim Lipscomb says:

    The stone edged gardens in Spring Mill Sate Park, Indiana are very attractive

  57. Jim Lipscomb says:

    I follow Gardening with Confidence on FB

  58. Jim Lipscomb says:

    I follow you on twitter @limproved

  59. Debbie S says:

    Would love to win

  60. I follow you on Facebook, too!

  61. I follow you on Twitter, too @garden_delights.

  62. Sandy S says:

    Fav stone edging was around a planter at a shopping center in the fingerlakes region of New York. Wanted to take it home.

  63. Kathryn D says:

    I am following you on FB and Twitter.
    I love a crisp lawn edge! I saw it about a year ago in my own garden. Hence, the garden edger would be great! I do love Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI too!!

  64. Claire Jones says:

    The croquet garden at Ladew Topiary Gardens right here in Monkton, MD has a crisp defined edge that gives this area a clean look. I love this look for my garden as well as clients too.
    Follow you on facebook and twitter.

  65. HelenYoest says:

    I’ve not seen that garden, Claire. I’m taking notes…. H>

  66. Carol Yemola says:

    I follow you on Twitter @CarolYemola

  67. HelenYoest says:

    DING, DING, DING….we have winner! Lisa with MyNJGarden.com won the lawn edger. I’ll be in touch soon. Congratulations.

    Thanks to all of you for entering. Helen

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