Landscapersare considered Pros when it comes to the use of string trimmers. This is due to the fact that they understand simple techniques that help them get the maximum out of them by minimizing scarring, scalping and lawn shredding. It is therefore vital to understand the following important simple techniques to consequently attain desired results like a pro when “weed eating”.
First Technique: Understand the type of Trimmer you are using
Firstly, depending on choice and preference, different trimmers are best suited to different persons. Some people find Curved-Shaft String Trimmers best to use while others find Straight-Shaft Tools more effective and easier to control since it can easily be moved under small trees and shrubs compared to the curved tool.
Second Technique: Understand spinning direction
Secondly, understanding the spinning direction is another important technique that you need to muster. Most people struggle with spin direction when using a string trimmer. It is as simple as a circular saw cutting and ejecting saw dust. In the same way, your trimmer should eject material and debris from its path as it cuts.
A counter clockwise spin cuts best with the right side and ejects debris from the left side. Therefore, if your movement is along the low fence or curb, it is advisable to keep your right side of the body very close to the work so as to allow the head of the trimmer to cut and eject debris to the left. Movement in the opposite direction means material or debris ejection into the cut path, pile up along the cut line, trimmer bogging and finally scalping (too much cutting of grass blades).
Third Technique: Cutting
The third technique involves cutting. Just hovering your string trimmer above grass for an even cut seems very simple. This is actually what most people do not knowing that it is not one of the best approaches as it sometimes leads to serious scalping.
For your trimmer to produce the desired cutting results, it is important to understand that the string ends have the most cutting power and the faster they move, the better the results. Tapering, Edging, Scything and Screeding is some of the cutting techniques that you should take into consideration:
- Tapering: tapering, same as edging is used in edge treatment along walls, fence line, curb or even tree. To taper is simply to hold your weed eater in such a way that its string strikes at a slight angle.
If tapering is not done, or if the trimmer is not held in such a way that the string is parallel to the surface, the entire string diameter will cut a full grass swath. A good sign that one did not taper is when the cut grass clearly appears shorter when compared to the mowed grass. Consequently, when the trimmer string tips are pitched towards the object to be trimmed against, less grass is cut thus resulting to a tapered, tight edge thereby blending the mowed grass height with the edge for that pristine look.
- Edging: Edging is best considered on parallel surfaces e.g. between grass and walkway or driveway. The Electric Weed Eater is turned so the string is vertical then directed to the cut path for easy debris ejection. When edging yards that have not been edged for a long time, you should expect to pull up rocks, dirt and other debris, but after all these; maintenance should be as easy as a snap.
- Scything: a scythe is an obstruction. When scything, the electric weed eater should be brought in and out of work. This should be done in a shallow U motion so as to overlap the scythe while at the same time making an even cut.
- Screeding: Screeding is fast and most effective on weeds and grass that grow in sidewalk cracks, paths or sideways. The weed eater is tipped in such a way that the strings just glance of the pavement. Then move it onto the weed’s base and cut. When screeding, care must be taken, this is because, if the trimmer is angled too shallow, it will not cut but eat into the string. Again, if angled too sharp, the string cannot effectively hit the weed base.
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