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Video:How to Weed Eat Your Yard

with Isaac Stephens

Want to make your yard look as beautiful as a golf course? Weed eat the edges of your lawn to get a clean, crisp look.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Weed Eat Your Yard

Hi, I'm Isaac Stephens with About.com Garden. Today I'm going to show you how to properly use your weed eater.

Benefits of Weed Eating

The edges of a lawn, where grass meets planting beds, paved areas, or fences, can have a big impact. Letting them grow shaggy gives the whole lawn a messy appearance.

It takes little effort to keep edges looking good, and weed eaters can help you get that well-manicured appearance you desire.

Supplies Needed to Weed Eat Your Lawn

Here are a couple of items you need before you start:
  • eye protection - a weed eater can throw small objects at a high rate of speed and damage eyes
  • weed eater, either gas powered or electric
Remember to always trim before mowing your grass. That way, the mower will chop up the trimmings, reducing the need for raking and bagging later.

Check the Weed Eater's Direction Arrow

First, check the bottom of the weed eater before starting to see what direction to trim in. Most weed eaters usually have a direction arrow.

Start the Weed Eater

Start up the weed eater after putting on eye protection. Cut going in the direction the weed eater shows to keep from throwing the trimmings back toward you.

Hold the Weed Eater Properly

Tilt the trimmer approximately 30 degrees to the left for trimming along walkways, driveways, and curbs.

A weed eater can strip a lawn bald if held too close to the surface. Keep the string head about 2 to 3 inches off the ground, and sweep the machine side to side in a steady motion parallel to the ground.

Start From the Top of the Weeds

Now, if it's been a while since you have done your trimming, always start to cut from the top of the weeds down.

It may take you repeating the process if the weeds are overgrown. But if you maintain it, you should be able to do it in one pass.

These are just a few tips to give your lawn that finishing touch. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at homegarden.about.com.
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