Tips on Choosing a Weed Trimmer

Use this advice from DIY experts to choose the best weed trimmer for your lawn.
different attachments make trimmers versatile

different attachments make trimmers versatile

Figure A

Efficient Cutters

Gas-powered trimmers: These trimmers have powerful motors and are efficient cutters. Different attachments for different applications, such as edging and cultivating, make these trimmers versatile tools. Each attachment has a handle for hanging when not in use, and the trimmer attachment has a blade inside to cut the string it if gets too long. When first using the trimmer, keep the string long so you get the longest cutting path available.

battery powered mower good choice for small yard

battery powered mower good choice for small yard

Figure B

Mower and Trimmer

Battery-powered lawn mower with trimmer attachment: A switch on the handle allows the user to change tools easily. This is a good choice for a smaller yard.

Plugged in

trimmer is good choice for small yard

trimmer is good choice for small yard

Figure C

Lightweight electric weed trimmer: The cord loops around the back to prevent this tool from becoming disconnected. A hook conveniently allows a shoulder strap to be attached. This trimmer is also a good choice for a small yard.

Tips for using a trimmer:

  • Remove yard debris before trimming.
  • Move the tool in a side-to-side motion. With taller weeds, start trimming at the top of the plant and work your way downward (this prevents weeds from wrapping around the head of the tool and causing it to overheat).

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