Weed eaters help get rid of weeds and keep them to a minimum with regular use. They help you trim hard to reach areas like edges and around garden beds.

Learning how to use your weed eater effectively will pay off with well-sculpted and pristine surroundings.

#1: Safety Checks

Before you switch the motor on or pull that string, make sure you are aware of the safety features and controls.

  • Check that all safety guards and accessories are securely in place.
  • Plan ahead by scoping the area for any obstacles such as tree roots, fences, pipelines or gas meters.
  • Remove any rocks or other objects that can obstruct the weeder or cause it to malfunction. Trying to navigate around rocks and other objects may cause the string to snap or wear away quickly.
  • Make sure there are no people or pets in the immediate area you plan to trim

#2: Protect Yourself

Protect yourself from excess noise, flying objects, and poisonous plants while trimming. Wear protective gear:

  • Eye goggles
  • Gloves
  • Enclosed shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Dust mask
  • Earplugs

#3: Know Your Trimmer

String trimmers work best on smaller portions of land or for light trimming. Before you pull the string, make sure that everything is securely in place. Follow all safety guidelines and operating instructions.

Cordless trimmers let you move around a lot more freely and can cover more areas overall.

Gas and electric trimmers give more power and are more suitable for large areas  and more heavy trimming. Check the level of gas in the tank to ensure you have enough power to whack for some time.

Use gas that is no older than 30 days. Old gas can corrode your engine parts. Approved additives can help keep your gas fresher over long periods of storage.

Some gas trimmers can be cranked using electrically powered starters. You will need a drill bit that can start your specific trimmer with a power drill.

For Electric weeders, use the correct length of cord and plug into the outlet.

#4: Ready, Set, Go!

Before you start up the weeder, hold it as close to the ground as allowable, and make sure it sits comfortably in place.

Turn the motor on and start to trim. As you go, trim in a consistent, side-to-side movement. Level the weeds as you move forward.

For precise trims, cut slowly and extend more string when needed to cover difficult areas. Allow at least 6 inches of line out to cover each section.

Some models allow you to pull the string out manually while others may have a convenient button for easy access.

#5: Know Your Cuts

Knowing how your trimmer spins will determine your cutting technique. If your weeder spins anti-clockwise, the blade will cut to the right and release the debris to the left. In case of clock-wise configuring, it will operate in the reverse.

The cleanest cuts are made outside of the sting on your weeder; It’s also the fastest moving part of the line.

Parallel and Tapering cuts are ideal for clearing around walkways and fences. Hold the weeder at an angle to cut the grass on the leading edge of the weeder. It often gives a cleaner cut, especially round fenced edges.

 Edging makes vertical cuts with the trimmer. It is used mostly around pavers and concrete.

Scything is perfect for large areas. It involves swinging parallel cuts in a U-motion around you by swiveling the hips as you cut.