These tips will help you use your string trimmer (or you might call it a weed wacker) like a professional landscaper. You’ll learn how to avoid scalping the grass and your favorite clematis, or scar valuable trees and shrubs.
Type of String Trimmer
In this article we used a straight-shaft string trimmer which we like better than a curved-shaft type. Why? Because it’s easier to control when you’re using it under smaller trees and shrubs or other hard to reach areas.
The biggest question is what direction to use a string trimmer. The answer depends on which way the debris goes when you’re cutting.
. If debris ejects from the left side and cuts best from the right, the line spins counter clockwise. So keep your right side closer to the work as you move along a fence or curb. That way the weeds and grass you’re cutting will eject out of the cutting path instead of into it.
. If debris ejects from the right side and cuts best from the left, the line spins clockwise. So you’d keep your left side closer to the work.
. A clockwise spin tends to be better for left-handed people; a counter-clockwise rotation is best if you’re right-handed.
You don’t want to scalp the grass, so don’t just hover the string trimmer over the grass and let it cut.
Tip: The ends of the string is where the cutting power is.
When using the string trimmer, always start by positioning the string trimmer a few inches above the grass level and slowly lower it to the desired length. This ensures an even, controlled cut.
. Trimming is best for cutting or trimming grass. Hold the string trimmer so the strings hit the grass at a slight (5-10 degree) angle. Move side to side.
. Edging is a great way to accentuate the borders of the lawn to make it look cleaner. To do this, hold the tool vertically to the ground (90-degree angle) and move along the edges to remove the top layers of turf.
. Tapering is cutting the edge of the grass at a 45-degree angle to blend the edge with the mowed height of the grass for a nice, clean look.
. Scything is handy when in tall grass or against an obstruction. Move the string trimmer in a “U” motion into and out of the work.
Additional Grass and Weed Trimmer Tips and Tricks:
• The tip of the string does the bulk of the cutting
• Be aware of what’s around you. Flip the guard down to avoid damage to trees, plants, bushes, fences, sprinkler heads and decorative rocks or stones.
• Always have extra trimmer string/line on hand.
• The Mantis Cordless String Trimmer is a fast, easy way to do the grass trimming and edging.