Lawn Edgers vs. String Trimmers, What the Difference?

Lawn Edgers vs. String Trimmers

There are many tools that can be used for lawn maintenance—among them are lawn edgers and string trimmers. These tools have similar but have different functions. Learn how and when to use them to get your lawn looking its best. With some proper lawn maintenance, you can have your lawn looking professional in no time!

Lawn Edgers

A lawn edger, also referred to as an edge trimmer, is a tool that trims and defines boundary lines in a yard. It is usually used along the edges to create division between your lawn and the surrounding sidewalk, driveway, or flowerbeds. Without edging, grass tends to grow over those boundaries, giving your lawn an unkempt and overgrown look.

Lawn edgers use a vertical spinning blade to cut cleanly for sharp and clean borders. These tools can be motorized or manual. Motorized edgers usually have a guiding wheel and a rotating blade that allows you to easily roll along the borders of your lawn. While manual edgers are often made of variations of spade tools.

Manual edgers are cheaper than motorized. But they can take more effort from the user—if you have a lot of ground to cover, it may be a good idea to invest in a motorized edger. Motorized edgers can be powered by grass or gas. Usually, gas powered is the most powerful. They are also usually heavier and noisier. Both manual and motorized edgers can give a clean edge and leave your lawn looking sharp.

String Trimmers

A string trimmer, also known as a weed whacker, is a tool used for trimming grasses and remove weeds in tough to reach places. Because of their mobile nature, trimmers can easily reach grass around trees, houses, building, and other obstructions. These tools are made with a flexible mon-filament line allowing it to cut grass in difficult places.

String trimmers can be powered by gasoline or electricity. If they are electric, they can be cordless, with a cord, or battery powered. If you have a large lawn and a lot of ground to cover, it may be wise to invest in a cordless electric trimmer—electric trimmers tend to be more powerful and convenient.

There are some other variations among string trimmers. You can have guards, guiding wheels, or choose an angled or straight rod.

What is the Difference?

 Lawn edgers are designed to cut edges and create boundary lines, whereas a string trimmer is designed to maintain those boundary lines. They make a great team! Both can help your lawn to look sharper. Avoid those shaggy, untrimmed edges.

There are some tools that can be used to both edge and trim. You can invest in an edger/trimmer to get both jobs done, though these tools come with their own challenges.

If you are tired of doing your lawn care, but what your lawn to look its best, reach out to All Green Lawn Care and Pest Control. Our experts will have your lawn looking fresh and thriving!