While you might know Brian Latimer for his professional bass fishing skills (which he shows off here, too), he honed his landscaping skills in the family business long before becoming fishing famous. Join Latimer in this Backyard Life video as he cleans up his own backyard, sharing useful lawn-edging tips in the process. If you’re looking for ways to better landscape and maintain your yard, you’ll want to consider his veteran advice.
Because he’s on the water so much during tournament season, Latimer admits there’s a lot of property work to tend to when he’s home. “The grass needs to be cut and my shrubs need trimming. I’ve got weeds growing in my plant beds,” he says. Latimer’s all about being efficient, so he sets to work handling those tasks. But, he says there’s one final piece to making your yard look extremely crisp. “Every single edge has to be edged perfectly. Pro-level perfectly,” he adds.
In order to edge perfectly, Latimer says you’ve got to start with the proper equipment. Whether he’s maintaining grass, ground cover, mulch or concrete hardscape edges, Latimer always uses a good old-fashioned string trimmer. “I feel like it’s the most versatile. You can do more things with a string trimmer than you can anything else. And, it’s fairly cheap to operate,” he explains.
Latimer points out that metal edgers can be used, although you’ll need to be more aware of what lays underground. Although as precise as string trimmers, they can oftentimes damage landscape lighting and irrigation systems. For that reason, Latimer opts to not use them.
A string trimmer allows you to not only “catch up” the edges, but also cut any grass missed while mowing. Simply put, Latimer feels it’s the most versatile, economical way to keep your yard edged and looking perfect.
When Latimer talks about edging, he’s referring to anywhere lawn grass meets a driveway, patio, hard edge or even mulch. Maintaining those edges, he says, takes the level of your landscaping up a notch, giving it a professionally maintained look.
Although a string trimmer advocate, Latimer points out that edging can also be accomplished with physical objects/products, too. For instance, when you’re wanting to draw more attention to, or accentuate a plant bed. In this case, Latimer typically uses natural edging materials like river rocks. But, he notes that brick, metal, plastic or concrete edging can be used, as well. Opting for an edging product that best matches, or complements, your home and existing landscape elements is key, he says.
In keeping with his Craftsman-style home, Latimer uses river rock to enhance his plant beds. “It’s really important to know the characteristics and style of your house and property. You want to match your landscape with it,” he says. If you have more of a formal house, go with either brick or metal edging. Brick, however, might look out of place on Latimer’s property. “It’s like wearing sneakers with a suit. Some people can do it, but most of the time people don’t pull it off that well.”