There are a number of accessories that you can use as attachments for a weed eater to accomplish certain landscaping tasks. Putting attachments on string trimmer heads make them useful as multipurpose and versatile tools rather than simple weed eaters. However, just because you have the attachments connected does not mean you will be able to intuitively know how to use them best.
Below you'll get some helpful advice about how to use some of the most common weed eater attachments: the edger, blower, and brush. These are all basic blade attachments that can be connected to most weed eaters. Here's a few tips about how to make the best of these attachments:
- How to Use a Brush Blade
A Brush blade can be used as an attachment for cutting stubborn or thick grasses that cannot be cut with a spinning string. Some brush is simply too thick for your tool, making this attachment a useful addition to your arsenal. These attachments are available in different sizes ranging from 6 to 10 inches. Metal or plastic materials can be used to make the brush blade.
If you want to use a brush blade on your weed eater, here's some advice:
Begin by sharpening the blade. Each attachment is put on in a different way so fit it to the weed eater following the instructions given by the weed eater manufacturer. Put on the blade shields, if included, to prevent debris and pebbles from flying off. Put on all the required safety gear and start clearing the grass.
If you have ever cut with a string trimmer you will be able to cut with a brush blade attachment as they use the same mechanism except that the blade is more powerful and sharper. It should be handled with care to avoid any injury. If the weed eater gets entangled in the brush you need to first turn off the engine before checking on it.
- How to Use an Edger
In many cities across the globe, homeowners with gardens and lawns (especially those at the front of their houses) are required to trim them and keep them neat on a regular basis. To keep a lawn, sidewalks and driveways clean you need to do more than trimming. You should learn how to edge these areas.
Although you can do edging with a special type of shovel, the task is difficult and time-consuming and it does not guarantee a great result. But, with an edger you will get a perfect looking garden with only a little bit of practice. You don’t have to purchase an edger if you already own a weed eater, as you will be able to use an edging attachment on your weed eater.
Here are a few tips on how to use an edging attachment on your weed eater:
- First, get your edging attachment and make sure that the one you have is compatible with your weed eater.
- Start by attaching the edging blade. Make sure that the edger is at a right angle with the ground. It might look a little funny compared to the normal weed eater line but trust us it will work well! Now that the edging blade has been fitted into the weed whacker, it's time to start edging.
- Start the engine of your trimmer. Before you pull on the trigger to set the edger on the motion use the blade to find the edge of the concrete.
- From the trigger, you will be able to control the wheel blade’s speed. To be able to cut a clean line that is parallel with the sidewalk, you have to walk slowly forwards and backwards. You will find the backwards and forwards movement difficult initially but with time, you will master the act and you become a professional.
- How to Use a Blower Attachment
The blower attachment will help you to clean your lawn or garden after cutting grass with your weed eater.
- First, get the attachment and fit it to your weed eater as directed by the manufacturer.
- It's recommended that you lay a tarp for trapping the particles and debris that will be blown away by the attachment head.
- Start your weed eater with the blower fitted on it.
- Pull on the throttle to check how it is working and to get familiarized with the mechanism of the machine.
- Now start blowing debris, moving towards the location of the tarp. You should be very careful at this point so that you don't end up wasting your effort and giving yourself more work to do by spreading grass clippings all around the yard again.
- Blow all the clippings onto the tarp and remove the waste to a mulch ground or green waste can. You may also use some of the waste to fertilize your garden.
Sarah Eberle qualified and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1980. Over the last 26 years she has practised landscape architecture and garden design, running her own business in Devon.
During the 1990s, Sarah joined Hillier Landscapes as Design Director, where she is still a shareholder but also runs her own practice in Hampshire.
Sarah has an esteemed record in RHS shows, having won eight Gold medals, Best in Show and the George Cook award for innovation twice at Hampton Court. Sarah has also exhibited at Tatton Park and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.