Do you own a string trimmer in your house and have you ever used any type of string trimmer for your gardening projects? Well, probably you might say that it is only simple or easy to use. However, there are some people too who might say that utilizing string trimmer is not an easy task for them. In fact, they find it difficult to use due to lack of knowledge on how to successfully manipulate the machine.
If you are a beginner who would like to know more about the string trimmer, then you need to explore on how it works based on its functions and uses. For your reference, you may take a glimpse on the succeeding topics and discussions so as to have a vivid idea about its special functions, uses and importance as well.
Try to study the following guide for special functions and uses of the string trimmer:
First and foremost, the head of the device must be first strung. Nowadays, newer types or models of string trimmer only require cartridge replacement. However, there are still some older types that needs for stringing.
So, you may use any of the types available depending on your needs and desires. Also, string trimmers may work either on electric power or gasoline. It’s up to you to choose the right one for you based on your taste and preferences.
In terms of electric models, you may choose either cordless or corded type. Cordless type of string trimmer requires battery that is rechargeable so as to function up to its maximum extent. Also it is portable and can be used anywhere in your garden.
A gas-powered type of string trimmer is heavier than those electric types since it has tank that is loaded with gasoline. Though it is quite heavy, this machine can last longer until you finish your gardening works.
The string of it is designed in order to revolve it at the different speed. Your string trimmer may have variable speed up to 10,000 RPM. The cutting swath’s diameter may usually from 8 to 22; though most of the types and models of string trimmer today have 6 inches of spinning diameter.
Usually, it has a weight of 15 to 20 pounds, which depends according to the tool’s purpose. There are also some special features which the manufacturers designed on the product so as to ensure safety, comfort and great convenience.
Utilizing a high quality type of string trimmer can make your garden more beautiful and attractive. This can very beneficial in getting rid of the grasses and weeds inside your premises. However, you have to know some techniques and tricks so that you can utilize it more effectively.
If you will use this tool, see to it that it is parallel to the lawn lots or ground so that it can trim the vertically-growing grasses or weeds. Also, you can point the tool perpendicular to the lawn lots or ground so that you can trim grasses and plants along edges of your garden.
Always choose the right tool for you so that you can have a comfortable working experience. If you only have small yard or garden, then you can make use of the electric versions or models of string trimmer. However, if you have more spacious garden or lawn lots, then it is advisable to use gas-powered type of gardening tool.
It is because it has great impact and power that can get rid of tough grasses and plants. Also, you can make sure that your tool will function in a longer period of time since there is a huge tank where you will put the gasoline.
If you are still in doubt and quite puzzled on how it really works, then you may explore how it functions well through visiting some online sites. You may also watch a video related to the functions and uses of string trimmer by clicking this video site:
There, you can have an assurance that you will grasp new ideas and proper procedures on how it works based on the user’s needs and purposes.
Now that we are well into the lawn growing season, I’m sure you’ve got your turfgrass properly fertilized properly and looking super thick and pretty. You’ve toiled to foil the onslaught of invading dandelions, clover and other weeds; and you are on a regular watering and irrigation schedule to keep your investment alive and growing.
The final basic element involved is the cutting. This is my favorite part of the maintenance process.
The positives are not only for the turf grass, but for the homeowner as well.
Mowing benefits to the homeowner include:
First off, cutting the lawn involves a power tool, namely, your mower.
Secondly, it involves some form of exercise (for which my wife is appreciative).
Finally, it affords the operator a chance to get some real thinking done.
Let’s explore each of these benefits.
(1) The power mower: I use a variable speed, self-propelled 21″ Lawn Boy ‘sense-a-speed’ mower, rear wheel drive. (Oh that sounds hot just to say out-loud!)
My lawn is only 8,000 square feet, so I am not in need of anything larger; besides, I run that puppy wide open!
(2) The exercise: It takes about an hour to mow my lawn including edging, weed-whacking and cleanup. That’s not bad really. I suppose if I wanted to increase the aerobic benefits in this process, I could lose the “self-propelled” mower option and push the thing, but I’m not really that fat! Ha!
However, one thing I am in favor of to increase the benefit in exercise is mow the lawn 2 or 3 times per week! This helps #3 come more into focus as well as benefits the turf itself: it’s a venerable cornucopia of benefaction!
(3) The thinking time: (this is a great one!) Ponder this: you are out for 1-hour doing a job that only requires one person to do, that no one else in your household really wants to do anyway (especially if you have teenagers like I do). This means it’s all yours; you own it … completely!
On top of that, your wife can’t bark or nag at you during this time because the mower engine noise drowns her out completely and she knows it! It’s just plain quiet time for you inside your head! That’s better than a hammock under a tree and a cold lemonade as far as I’m concerned.
Now let’s get down to the tips that benefit the lawn itself.
(1) Mowing height
(2) Mowing frequency
(3) Mowing direction
(4) Mulch or Catch
(1) The height: This one varies according to the type of grass you have. But who *really* knows their grass type? Chances are you have a mix of Kentucky BlueGrass and some sort of fescue or rye. With that in mind, I tell folks to set their mower on the highest or second-highest setting. You just don’t want to remove much more than 25% of the grass blade in any single cutting.
It’s like this: If I lose a finger-nail, I’m going to be just fine, but if I lose my entire arm, I’m in a world of hurt, …got it?
And on a side note, ya gotta have a sharp blade. A dull blade rips the grass blades instead of cutting them. Rips turn brown and rob the lawn of it’s color.
(2) Assuming proper irrigation year-round, the lawn needs cutting weekly. I’ve had people call me to complain that after cutting their lawns, they turned yellow. Upon further investigation, I found that they had not cut the lawn prior for a month! Now we’re back to the finger-nail vs the arm analogy. Please folks, be responsible and keep your turf trimmed regularly.
As mentioned above, I actually try and get people to mow twice per week, but that’s over-the-top for most.
(3) The mowing direction isn’t the biggest deal here, but you certainly don’t want to mow the exact same way all the time or you take a chance on developing ruts in the lawn. You also will literally push lines of turf down, and “train” them to lay down all the time … like people “train” their hair to lay a certain direction…this is not a good situation for turf-grass.
(4) Mulch or catch? Ford or Chevy?
Yeah, it’s like that. I do both depending on my mood. Catching has benefits in the end because you don’t have to use a leaf blower to get the clippings off the driveway. If you do mulch, make sure you have a quality mulching blade installed to grind up the cuttings into super-fine bits!
So next time you head outside to cut that lawn, be sure to review the benefits to you, as well as your nice patch of green grass.