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How To Use A Weed Eater Properly

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A weed eater, also known as a string trimmer is one of the tools that a garden or a farm owner can use to get rid of all the weeds in his/her garden, giving it a more refined and attractive look. The tool is also effective according to since it is easy to handle and you can use it to get rid of weeds under small trees and shrubs. However, you should be careful while using these tool as you might end up injuring yourself or even trimming your garden the wrong way, giving it an undesirable look.

Preparing for weed eating

As you get ready for weed eating, it is essential to take all the precautionary measures to ensure that you don’t get injured while trimming. This includes wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes against sticks, dust particles and small stones that may be thrown at your face by the weed eater while trimming. You may also need to have a long sleeved shirt or an apron and some gloves on to protect your hands.

While preparing to start weed eating, you should also ensure that the area that you are planning to trim is not rocky to protect yourself and also this tool as stones can cause a great damage on it. Small stones also need to be taken out before you start to trim to ensure that you don’t get hurt by them as they can be thrown right at you by the weed eater. Your tool also needs to have the right size of a string as many people tend to trim the wrong way, as a result of having a big string on their weed eaters.

The trimming technique

Trimming using a weed eater is a very simple process but doing it like a pro to have the desired output, is harder than it may seem and requires the best weed eaters. This is because it requires an in-depth understanding of how a trimmer works and hence enabling you to do it very easily. With a trimmer that goes in the anti-clockwise direction, the materials will be ejected on the left side, enabling you to have a nice cut from the right side. You positioning while using this tool should, therefore, be on the right side of your work to ensure that you don’t get waste thrown on the trimmed area. This is because if you throw unnecessary materials in the area that you are trimming, your machine might become ineffective due to being overworked.

Trimming also requires a tight grip over the machine using both hands to ensure that you can easily control the machine. This also helps you to angle the weed eater in a way that does not brush off the ground while trimming to avoid destroying your garden or tool. This is mostly very important while trimming your grass to achieve an even look. It is also god to concentrate on cutting the tips of weeds as it is easier and fast using an electric or a gas trimmer. Additionally, climbers require being approached in an edge angle using your weed eater as they can get tied up on the machine, causing it to break down.

10 Lawn Care Tips to Keep Grass Healthy and Green

Most homeowners invest a lot of sweat equity into developing a healthy and green lawn. It takes years of blood, sweat and tears to get the lawn thick, full and bright green, but it only takes one small mistake, like watering at the wrong time, to undo all that hard work. Make lawn care a little easier and your grass healthier with these 10 lawn care tips.


Water Time

All plants, including grass, have the ability to uptake water best in the early morning hours just before the sun shines on them. Watering the lawn between 5am and 8am are the prime hours when grass can uptake water best.

Mowing Time

Watering is best done early and mowing is best done late. Grass naturally slows down its growth just before sunset and mowing late in the evening will cause less trauma to the lawn.

Shape Blades

Always keep zero turn lawn mower blades sharp to prevent tearing the tender grass. A dull mower blade can also rip grass up by the roots instead of cut the tops off.

Mulch Blade

Use a mulch blade or rake up and remove grass clippings after every other mowing. If clippings are always left on the lawn they will build-up over time and create a thick layer of thatch which will smoother grass.

Diagonal Line

Change the mowing direction with every pass across your lawn to create an attractive pattern across your lawn. With each pass turning around and coming back beside the previous pass in the opposite direction. Cutting like this will leave a dark stripe, than a lighter stripe alternating stripes throughout the lawn. Than the next time you cut the lawn do the same thing in the opposite direction. When you cut your lawn like this it not only looks professional, creating a checkerboard pattern but it also prevents the grass from lying flat along the ground, resulting in a healthier upright blades of grass.

Wash Mower

Give the underside of the mower a quick wash down with a water hose after each use. This will prevent the spread of disease and weed seeds in the lawn.


Seeding a new lawn or re-seeding barren spots or over-seeding to thicken an existing lawn should all be done in fall when grass is dormant. The cooler temperatures in fall and winter will allow the newly sown grass seed ample time to germinate and develop a strong root system before the weather warms up in spring.


The easy way to prevent soil compaction (that smoothers grass roots) is to wear golf shoes or aerator sandals when walking on your lawn. This will keep the soil aerated and prevent thatch build-up.

Weed Control

When needed, apply chemical weed control to lawn on a bright day when the sun is shining directly on the lawn area where the weed control chemicals are needed.

Disease Control

Apply disease control chemicals after 7pm in the evening when no rain has been predicted. The nightly dew fall will help the disease control chemicals remain in place and will aid in soil absorption so the product can get to the grass roots quicker.