by April Reinhardt
(last updated October 21, 2019)
We have a fairly large lawn, and it is surrounded on three sides by two different types of fencing. While I can get my lawn mower fairly close to the fence, I need to use my weed whacker to trim the grass away from the fence entirely, or risk the wrath of my neighbor and the home owner's association. I used to have an electric weed whacker, but got tired of pulling what seemed like miles of cord around the yard.
Two summers ago I foolishly traded in my trusty electric model for a gas-powered model, and now I don't even bother using it since I cannot hold it still in the air long enough to pull the cord to start it. My husband feels enterprising enough every now and then to use it, but I've given up long ago. I now wish that I still had the electric model, because I'd gladly pull the electric cords around the yard now just to be able to cut down the tall grass along the fence line. And I'm pretty sure that my neighbor would like me better if I did.
No matter whether you use an electric-powered, gas-powered, or the new battery-powered variety, here are some great tips for properly using a weed whacker:
My current weed whacker requires that I use strips of nylon and plug them into each of three holes on the head, instead of twining the nylon around the head. My old electric model required me to wind nylon string around the head and then twist the head cap into place to secure it. My gas-powered model is more convenient to use with its nylon plugs. Still, it's highly inconvenient to continually insert plugs of nylon string when I run up against a fence or a weed that has a large base. Always try to maintain a good distance from fences, buildings, sidewalks, and tree trunks when using your weed whacker.
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