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How To Use a String Trimmer Properly

Did you know that it is important to know how you can properly use  a string trimmer?

If this is your first time using the string trimmer or if you are unsure if you are doing it right, then the information below on how to use a string trimmer correctly will help you.

A string trimmer is being used to help provide the finishing touches in your lawn since its use is to whisks the grass away from flower beds and trees. It can also assist in straightening edges that are even and trim the patches of the lawn that your tractor or your lawnmower can't reach.

The problem is, not everyone knows how to use a string trimmer properly and this can be dangerous for you and can cause problems with your lawn. This is why the information below will surely be useful for you.

Tips on How to Use a String Trimmer Properly

Before Working on Your Lawn

Sweep the lawn

Checking the weather and your grass are the first two things that you need to do. If it is going to rain or if the grass is wet then you may reconsider trimming some other day.

Working when the grass is wet or when it is going to can cause for you to slip on your lawn. As you all know, falling or sliding on a wet lawn can cause injuries or can also damage the string trimmer that you have.

You also need to ensure that the area where you are going to work is free from fence posts, metal objects or wire since these things can be thrown accidentally by your trimmer. If you are unsure, then you may sweep the lawn to get rid of any debris that may get in the way of your lawn.

Also read: How to choose the best lawn sweeper

Wearing the Right Gears

Wearing right gears

When working on your lawn with a trimmer, it would be best to wear clothing that will help protect you from flying debris or dirt. You can wear long sleeve shirts and pants to help protect your arms and legs.

Face masks and safety goggles can help your face and eyes from objects that might ricochet to your face. You can also reduce the noise by wearing an ear protection while you are working on your trimmer.

Adjusting the Trimmer According to Your Height

Adjusting the Trimmer According to Your Height

The next thing that you need to do is to set the trimmer according to your size. Some trimmers have shoulder harnesses, which can help you in supporting the weight of the trimmer while ensuring that it is keeping a distance that is safe for your body.

There are also trimmers that have handles that are adjustable. Both designs have manuals where you can check the right adjustments depending on your height.

Using the Right Line for the Trimmer

Grass trimmer nylon line

You always need to ensure that you are using a line that is specifically used for your trimmer. There are distinct lines for a particular trim and following the right size and type is essential.

The reason behind this is because it can cause problems with your trimmer. You can again check the manual of your trimmer for you to ensure that you are going to use the right line.

Following the Right Direction

Due to the reason that trimmers are spinning in a counterclockwise position, you will be able to get the best results when you start sweeping the head of the trimmer from right to left. You will know how you can follow the right direction by watching the line of the trimmer at a low speed.

Trimming the Grass in the Right Way

Trimming grass right ways

Once you start cutting your grass that are more than 8 inches in length, you need to use strokes that are short for you to be able to cut the top parts of the plants and make sure to work your way down to the grass’ base. Avoid cutting the plant in just one pass.

Using the Right Blade for Trimming

If you are going to do heavy trimming, you need to make sure that you are using the right blade. Cutting grass that is thick requires at least half an inch blade in diameter.

You also need to ensure that the blade is sharp and that you are using the full throttle for you to be able to get the results that you are aiming.

Also when cutting, you need to ensure that your feet are comfortably apart for you to avoid losing your balance when you start cutting and when the blade gets to strike at a certain object.

These are the tips on how to use a string trimmer properly for you to ensure that you will be safe when trimming your grass. Avoid putting yourself at risk or your trimmer by following the tips above.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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