How To Properly Use a Weed Eater

Have you grown tired of developing an aching back due to the long hours of pulling out those overgrown weeds? A weed eater is the simple solution to a lawn that looks crisp and clean, just like a golf course.

A weed eater or string trimmer is probably one of the easiest gardening tools that have been invented. It is handheld and uses a string of nylon that moves in high speed to snip grass or weeds. Knowing how to properly use your weed eater can give your lawn a well-manicured look that you have always wanted. 

In using any gardening tools, there are always safety precautions that need to be adhered to.  Before using your weed eater, make sure you wear the following safety gears:

  • Gloves  They will protect your hands from developing calluses, especially if you will be working it for long hours.  This gear will also help you to firmly hold your weed eater and prevent slips.
  • Ear plugs  You may find this less important, but constant exposure to loud noise of the weed eater’s motor may impair your hearing in the long run. So make sure your ears are protected.
  • Dust mask  You will be working with grass and dirt; the mask will prevent you from inhaling all those dust.
  • Safety glasses  This tool works at high speed, weeds and other small objects may be thrown back at you. Your glasses are your eyes protection.
  • Clothing  Make sure to wear close-toed shoes and long pants to avoid your bare skin from being scratched or bruised.

Now that you are properly geared, you may now start to trim to shaggy weeds.

  1. Before you start your weed eater, check the direction of your weed eaters. Most weed eaters have a directional arrow for your guide. Make sure that when you start your weed eater, it is not lying on the ground. Hold it away from the grass and from you. You wouldn’t want to have a bald spot on your lawn or worse, cause injury to you or anyone.
  2. In a steady motion, swift the weed eater side to side. Do not hold the weed eater to close to the ground.  Keep the string head 2 to 3 inches of the ground to avoid stripping too much.
  3. Make sure to cut following the direction of the weed eater to prevent it from throwing the weeds back at you.
  4. When trimming around walkways, pathways, driveways or curbs, tilt the weed eater approximately 30 degrees to the left.
  5. If your weeds are over grown, you may have to do the trimming in more than one pass. Simply go back to the same area and repeat step #2.
  6. In storing your weed eater, make sure to keep it away from children. Providing a wall bracket is definitely an advantage. If you are using gas powered weed eater, make sure you empty out the fuel tank to avoid it from accidentally flaming up.
  7. Now that you know how easy it is to properly use a weed eater, you can now enjoy the beauty of your lawn.


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