One of the greatest inventions we have for our lawn care is the line trimmer. This string trimmer is often called a “weed-eater” or “weed-whacker”. This device has a string of plastic that whips the weeds and edges our lawns, driveways and fence rows so that they look neat and tidy.

Did you know, that not only are these trimmers a danger to the user and bystanders, they are also notorious for damaging your property, trees and plants. You should be aware of all the problems associated with this tool before you trim again.



Nylon line trimmers should never be used without safety glasses. There are reported cases of eye trauma associated with their use since they became popular in the early to mid 1970’s. These injuries can occur from flying debris such as stone, bark and wood splinters. There are also cases where bystanders or passerby’s received injuries as a result. When you are using the trimmer it is advisable to ensure that the children are indoors and that you pause your trimming when people walk by.


The line trimmer is often seen as the most damaging of your lawn care tools.  Regular use of the trimmer can cause damage to your fence, garden edging and any stucco surface. You must make sure that you spend the necessary time, when trimming around these items to work slow and easy.


You should also be extra careful when trimming around plants, shrubs and trees. No matter how large the tree is, it will die if continuous slashes are made in the bark. It is important that you never let the line touch any shrub or tree you are trimming. It is better to leave a few blades of grass around the trees, especially small ones, than to lose a tree that has taken years to grow. If you want to provide extra protection for trees, you can consider edging them and using stone or mulch around the tree trunk so that your trimmer is not required in those areas. Trees and bushes with open bark are more susceptible to diseases and insects.


Lawn trimmers are a must for homeowners today. If used smartly and safely they can make a huge difference in the look of your home. Trim slowly and carefully for the most success.


Contributed By: Jim McLachlin, Broker 


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