Regularly mowing and strimming your lawn will help keep your grass under control, but making sure your borders stay neat and tidy involves a little extra effort. Happily, there are plenty of effective edging tools to help you get the job done quickly.
We’ve gathered our favourite lawn edging tools to use in the garden, from knives and shears to electrical gadgets.
Our favourite lawn edging tools
Spear and Jackson edging shears and knife
If you’ve got a sizeable garden with a decent amount of paving or pathways, this edging set would be a sensible choice. It includes shears and a knife, both fitted with long handles to make the job easier.
These are durable tools designed to stand up to years of use. The edging knife has a heat-treated carbon steel head with a hammer-finished epoxy coating, and the handle is made from lacquered ash wood to survive rain showers.
The shears have strong, tubular steel handles with soft grips, and the 23cm chrome-plated blade is rust resistant, so it should stand the test of time. If you don’t need the edging knife, you can buy the shears on their own through Amazon.
Coopers of Stortford Step Lawn Edger
If it’s innovative design you’re after, look no further than this lawn edging tool. The stainless steel blade is mounted onto a flat wooden platform, so you can press down with your foot and use your own weight to easily slice through turf. Thanks to the long handle, you won’t have to crouch; you can operate the edger while standing.
With centuries of experience behind it, Coopers of Stortford is a knowledgeable brand when it comes to garden equipment. In fact, it has occupied the same premises on the Hertfordshire/Essex border for over 300 years.
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CK Classic Legend Adjustable Lawn Edging Shears
The standout feature of these edging shears is their telescopic handles, allowing you to extend them to reach the ground or border. You can choose from seven positions along the handles to increase the 64cm tool to a maximum length of 105cm, and pack them down again for easy storage.
Despite the telescopic mechanism, these are lightweight shears and they come with hand grips, so they should be comfortable to use for long periods of time.
As for the head, you’ll get drop-forged blades with armour chrome plating for extra durability.
Fiskars Servo-System grass shears
For smaller jobs, you could get away with using a hand edging tool like these grass shears. They have an adjustable 360-degree cutting angle to help you get a smart finish on areas in need of attention to detail.
There’s also a ‘servo-system’ mechanism to stop the blade getting clogged with grass, as well as a lock setting, which you can turn on with just your thumb.
Rechargeable Hedge & Grass Trimmers
If you’ve got a large lawn or lots of edging to manicure, it might be worth investing in an electric trimmer like this one. It’s specifically designed for cutting grass and hedges, and comes with two interchangeable blades: one for lawns (8cm) and one for shrubs and bushes (11cm).
A compact tool with a removable 60cm handle, this edger is light enough to be used with one hand; you won’t have to bend over and risk hurting your back.
After charging the trimmer for four to five hours, you can expect to get 35 minutes of continuous power.
Kent and Stowe Edging Iron
Kent and Stowe is another great brand to turn to if you’re in need of some new garden gear. This edger is an example of the brand’s high-quality products. With its sharp serrated blade, it can cut through tough ground to create neat edges along garden borders.
The head is made from strong stainless steel for durability, and the design also includes a T-handle, which should make it easy to push the blade into the earth.
Stihl Compact Battery Brush Cutter Set
For narrow strips of turf or hard-to-access areas, an electric trimmer can come in handy. This one is from trusted brand Stihl and is ideal for cutting lawn around trees, shrubs and borders.
Choose this electric trimmer for its 28cm cutting circle, adjustable shaft and soft-grip handle. As an added bonus, the tool is battery powered, so you won’t need to worry about topping up a petrol tank.
Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Steel Edging Iron
- Buy now from Tooled Up (£26.95)
You can always rely on Spear and Jackson to create durable gardening tools designed to stand up to many years of use.
While many brands give their edging knives traditional wooden handles, this one features a strong aluminium shaft to save on weight. It also comes with a T-shaped handlebar to provide plenty of grip.
The head itself is crafted from rust-resistant stainless steel, which is mirror polished to help it slice cleanly through earth.
Homebase Lawn Edging Knife
- Buy now from Homebase (£17.95)
For everyday edging tasks, you can’t go wrong with this simple yet robust lawn knife, complete with a pointed head to easily slice through turf and soil.
This lawn edging tool comes with a tempered carbon steel blade with a handy footplate to help you cut through dense ground.
A smart wooden handle finishes the design and gives it a traditional look to complement any set of gardening tools.
Alice is a digital writer with a knack for tracking down the most innovative and exciting products to hit the market. Working across several of Our Media's special interest brands, she's written for publications including Countryfile, Gardens Illustrated and Science Focus. Outside of work - and lusting over homeware and gardening products - you’ll find her rambling in the great outdoors or watching an old film.
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