String trimmers can be used in several ways for landscaping. However, safety and care for the rest of the property must be maintained.
1. Correct Height
The head if the string trimmer needs to be held approximately 2-3 inches from the ground and sweeping should be in done in steady, sideways back and forth motions. Holding the head too close to the ground will result in bald spots on the lawn.
2. Overgrown Grass
When trimming tall weeds or grass, start from the top of the growth and work down to the desired height. This prevents stalling due to long stems tangling your trimmer head. There are heads made for cutting large amounts of tall grass which can be switched onto the trimmer. This special head has 3 blades made of plastic that are made to flatten stems of tall growth to prevent tangling.
Edges along flower beds, driveways and walks can be easily maintained with a trimmer. Simply shift the way you hold it so that the cutting string is rotating vertically and can cut away any protruding growth in the edge trench.
4. Trimming around Objects
Trimmers can cut very close to tree trunks, fence posts, shrubs and steps. However, you don’t want the string to hit these fixtures because it can cause damage. Chunks can be cut out of wood and concrete. The string could strip the bark off of a tree causing its death. Approach fixtures carefully and immediately pull back when you feel or hear the string hitting a stationary object. It is recommended that mulch beds be made around such fixtures to protect them.
5. Brush Cutting
After switching to the metal blade designed to cut saplings and brush, be sure to see toyour safety. Operating a trimmer under these circumstances requires that you wear a face mask or goggles, long durable pants, a helmet and boots. You may also want to outfit yourself with a shoulder strap to help with the slower motion and weight. Always keepblade guards in place for your protection as well as any stationary objects.