I don’t love lawns. In fact, I rationalize that grass is a crop I grow only to use as a mulch. Luckily, we live in a town where the socially-imposed lawn maintenance standard is “tidy but not fastidious.” Aesthetically speaking, I certainly enjoy how a well edged lawn looks but honestly, I have better things to do with my precious garden time. When our neighbor to the north had the front lawn nicely edged by the sidewalk, I was curious (and vain enough) to see how much effort would be required to replicate the effect on our lawn. Quick answer? Too much work. The neighbor employed a professional lawn service with a powerful machine driven edger. I had to make do with the tools I had on hand. They included a spade and an arm-powered edger (shown in the second photo.) This is what it looked before:
And this is what it looked like after just 10 minutes of rather intense work. I am tempted to include a difficulty rating for these articles about what 20 minutes of work looks like. This sod-busting was more similar to double-digging a bed than weeding. After clearing three sidewalk blocks, I was too tired to continue. I scooped up the sod scraps and used it to fill in a low spot left in the back yard where we’d removed a stump. I swept and fiddled to round out my 20 minutes. I will likely continue edging sometime later in the year, during those lazy days of full summer, once the seedlings are in and the beds are mulched.