“When to edge the sidewalk” seems like a question that should have an easy answer.
It does have an easy answer for me.
And also “every time.”
Before I mow, I get out my string trimmer and edge along the sidewalks and driveway and all around. This way, any trimmings will get sucked up and chopped up by the mulching mower. They’ll be less to clean up after mowing.
But you might answer “after mowing” and still be a fine, respectable person!
I assume people who trim after mowing do this because after mowing you can go back and trim only those bits of grass that need to be trimmed, which presumably takes less time. Or maybe you might not even need to trim because it looks good enough.
Another easy answer for some people is “never or seldom.”
Okay. Sure. Live and let live. I won’t judge you, much. As long as I can walk down your sidewalk without getting tickled by long blades of grass, I don’t care if the edges are fuzzy.
I used to also answer “occasionally,” by the way, before I got a battery-powered trimmer/edger that is easy for me to use. I bought it based on a recommendation from a neighbor around the corner who had the best sidewalk edges in the neighborhood. Now it is “before” and “every time” because…
Oh, wait. This might be a boring topic for some people! Sorry about that. Maybe, though, you’d like to see the reel I put on Instagram yesterday? When you see that reel, the picture above might seem a bit funny because of that leaf lying on top of the grass. Did I or did I not pick it up after snapping the picture?
Or maybe you’d like to see that the zinnias in the little bed around the mailbox are starting to bloom?
Remember, I grew them from seed so there wasn’t that instant pop of color when I first planted them.
Until they started blooming, all there was to admire was that nice edge…
Enough! Before you know it, I’ll be outside taking pictures of everything and anything to show you that my garden isn’t really all lawn.
But where there is lawn, the edges are nice and sharp!