One of the most attractive aspects of a well-cared-for lawn is the crisp clean edges around the walkways. It is very expensive to purchase a motorized edger to create this sharp look. It is easy to achieve this look by using your weed whacker or weed eater to trim the grass that grows along the concrete walkways of your garden. Read on to learn more.
Mow the lawn with your mower and use the weed eater to clean up the grass that is growing around the posts or fences that you may have in your yard.
Rotate the weed eater 90 degrees so that the rotation of the string is perpendicular to the ground.
Move along the pathway of your walkway and use the string on the weed eater to trim the edge of the grass that overgrows the walkway. This will create clean crisp edges along your walkway.
Walk along the edge of your flower beds and use the string to cut and trim the border of the grass.
Use the broom to sweep the grass off the walkway once you have finished edging.
Mowing grass to short creates the risk of scalping the ground and leaving dead spots, while also not allowing the grass to develop strong roots. As a safe measure, cutting grass at about 2 1/2 to 3 inches is safe. If there are uneven mounds and drainage trenches, you should consider cutting as high as possible to avoid scalping.
Mow the grass before using the weed eater or trimmer, so you don't have to go over the lawn twice. Mowing makes using the weed eater easier, as those corner spots will stick out like a sore thumb, and you will be able to do a more professional job and not miss anything.
Choose a weed killer and be sure you mix it properly by reading the label instructions. Do not spray on a windy day. Do not spray around young shrubs and flowers. Large trees can handle weed killers but take precautions anyway. Spray around your home and barns or storage sheds. Try to avoid spraying weed killer in drainage areas on your property.
Use an edger for your sidewalks and walkways. Do not spray these areas or use the weed eater over them, as this would only cause the edge of the grass to get wider and will not look professional. Edging these areas gives them a neat, straight look.
Determine what gauge of trimmer line your weed eater uses. Do this by looking in the owner’s manual or looking up the machine’s model online.
Remove the line spool from the weed eater head by twisting it off.
Measure and cut about 10 feet of line from your supply. Fold the line in half and loop it around the notch in the spool at the folded halfway point. The notch is located between the two tracks on the spool.
Guide one half of line onto one track, and the other half of line onto the other track. Begin turning the spool in the direction indicated by the arrows while feeding the two halves of line into the tracks.
Turn the spool, guiding the line until there is 6 inches of line remaining on both halves.
Locate the two eyelets on the other part of the weed eater head. Feed each end of line through each eyelet, then gently snap the spool back into place.
Disconnect the Weed Eater spark plug boot from the spark plug. Put on a pair of work gloves prior to removing the blade. Bent blades can have sharp edges just like new blades.
Locate the locking lever under the edger gearbox beside the adjustment lever. Push in on the locking lever and hold the lever down with one hand while rotating the edger blade with your other hand. The locking lever will fall into one of the grooves in the dust cup. This will lock the shaft but you need to keep holding the lever down.
Remove the retaining blade nut from the shaft with a socket wrench. Pull the washer away from the blade and pull the blade off the shaft.
If your weed eaters not starting first check to make sure you haven't flooded it, this can be caused by over cranking it and pouring to much fuel into the engine. If flooded put choke in run position and pull cord to clear fuel from engine , you may have to pull it several times. If still not starting Make sure your fuel tank isn't empty. Also to make sure fuel is reaching carburetor, if not your fuel filter may be clogged.
If engine runs but doesn't idle properly your carburetor probably needs adjusting. Most weed eaters have an idle speed screw that can be used to make adjustments, turn screw clockwise until idle speed increases. If this is not the problem you may have a worn crankshaft seal in which case you may want to consult a repair shop.
If engine smokes excessively you have an incorrect fuel mixture, empty the tank and fill with correct fuel mixture. You could also have a dirty air filter, replace if dirty. Also again check carburetor adjustment.
Weed Eater trimmers are made by Poulan, a company that has been in business since 1944. Poulan's headquarters are in Charlotte, North Carolina and the company makes string trimmers, gasoline blowers, hedge trimmers, edgers and chain saws.