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Trimming/ Weedeating

Weedeating, aka trimming is cutting grass in hard to reach places as well as chopping down tall weeds. The following gives an introduction to trimmers and tips for using them. 

They are machines made of an engine, pole, and spinning head.  Unlike edgers, they do not have wheels and no need for attachments.  They work by rotating nylon cord and only nylon cord in a circle at high rates of speed.  They cut horizontally to the ground on the same plane as the grass.  It’s like taking a stick and hitting a dandelion with it and lopping it off.  It’s the same concept.  Old trimmers were handheld with one large blade on the end, like sickles.  They were used more for weeds and crops rather than ornamental lawns. 

There are a few different types of trimmers: regular, homeowner, straight/curved shaft, electric.  First off, a regular weedeater has a metal pole and very little plastic.  These are made for the pros and homeowners too.  They have been around the longest.  The older they are the more heavy and less powerful.  They come with straight and curved shafts giving varied operation.  As for the homeowner kind, these usually have large plastic triangle-like ends and can be electric.  Of course these aren’t nearly as powerful and will break more easily.  Lastly, some varieties have different attachments available (hybrid trimmer, edger, bush cutter, blower).  These are mainly for homeowners as well and are actually the most expensive.

Where/ When:
After mowing, grass will be noticeably taller around mailboxes, electrical boxes, and anything that a lawn mower can’t reach.  Oftentimes, people only have enough time to mow and leave tall blades and weeds uncut in areas.  These unsightly nuisance areas are in need of a weedeatin’.

Trimming isn’t necessary, but adds a great deal of value.  It’s what really sets a lawn apart from others… the small subtle details.  If some relatives or guests need to be impressed, get out there and sweat!  Nobody likes weeds and tall grass blades.

This is where the easy edger attachment comes into play.  The goal is to get your lawn an even length.  First mow.  Second, walk around and look for missed spots and areas a lawn mower can’t travel.  Trim the area and make it the same length as the surround area.  Only cut 1/3 of the grass blade at a time (general rule).  Also, cutting unwanted foliage in islands and/or gardens is good too.    
In operating, position the handle in a good position.  Keep the nylon string new and unworn (hitting hard surfaces wears it down and makes cutting harder).  The tips of the string rotate the fastest and are the most powerful.  The longer the string the faster they spin.

Trimming with Easy Edger
It’s the same concept except weedeating is made easier with a wheel.  Attach to the pole as close as possible to the rotating head and roll it around after mowing.  The important part is setting the height.  At what height is your grass?  Lifting the engine higher or dropping it lower actually changes the cutting height on-the-fly.  If there is a big field with weeds too tall for mowing (as there might be rocks that hit the blades), roll the device back and forth in a line.

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