What’s the best lawn edger?
Edging the lawn is the final touch to the mowing regime and gives you a neat, manicured finish.
For small lawns, a pair of long-handled edging shears are the simple choice. Carbon steel blades are strong and can be sharpened regularly for a neat clipped edge but should be coated to ensure rust resistance. Telescopic handles will help you get the length right for you so you can do the job standing up straight and not put pressure on your back.
For larger lawns, or to speed up the job, look for an electric edger or a grass trimmer with an edging mode.
Try before you buy if you can, testing the weight of the edger and how easy it is to use. Many have depth control, a wheel to ensure a straight line and telescopic handles to ease back strain.
Grass trimmers with an edging option perform two jobs for the price of one but check that switching between jobs is simple. Some also have a wheel to help you achieve that neat edge.
There’s also the option of plug in or cordless – the latter is more expensive but there’s no cable to worry about and machines are quieter and less of a drain on your electricity in the long run.