As soon as spring sets in your lawn maintenance needs attention. Once you have nice and trimmed edges of your lawn or flower beds it will just need timely maintenance. Weed eaters or weed whackers whatever you call them are quiet suitable for the purpose of edging your lawn. Few tips for selecting the correct model include plug in or battery powered models as these are not powerful enough to ruin the edges but are designed to trim them neatly.
Next comes the “ergonomics” factor, so select a machine that is light to carry and has a straight body. Next comes your own safety so wear proper shoes and glasses because the edges of the lawn normally have stones, gravel, twigs and many other small objects that can shoot off easily from ground and hit you as weed eaters are deviously powerful.
A powered weed eater is best to be used for straight lines like along a defined path whereas for undefined paths and irregular angles a manual weed eater comes in handy for edging. It is always better to clear off potential harmful stuff from the edges of the lawn yourself prior to edging otherwise the weed eater will do it for you in ways that might surprise you. Apart from your own safety this also helps in extending the life of the weed eater’s string.
Depending upon the model being used either plug in or insert a new battery or turn on the choke in case of gas powered weed eater, pull the cord and switch off the choke when the engine starts up.
Set the handle in a relaxed position and secure it by tightening the nut. Your one hand will be used to support the trimmer and other will be used to operate the trigger. To adjust the string automatically trimmer head is tapped on the lawn. Standing on the side path rather than the grass can lead to your own ease and convenience.
The weed eater should be held at your waist height and its head should be at the edge of the lawn. Then pull the trigger and angle the head of the weed eater at 60 degrees from ground this will enable the ends of the strings to trim.
Now simply move the weed eater’s head back and forth with continuously reducing the angle to make the slanting edge of your lawn. Move your body rather than your arms as it will help in getting the line straighter. Continuing the same motion move around the boundary of the lawn till you again reach where you starting from. After you are done turn off the weed eater.
Hover the weed eater’s head about an inch above the ground so that the grass doesn’t get completely cut which can also lead to massacring the grass. Also the string of the weed eater can destroy edging strips, sprinklers or any other marking obstructions, so the edging should be done carefully.
Edging definitely improves the look of your lawn aesthetically and once done properly needs little maintenance.