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Choosing the Right Weed Eater for Your Lawn

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Last week, we looked at choosing the right lawn mower for your yard. This week, let's discuss selecting the right weed eater for you lawn. While your lawn mower may do most of the cutting, it's your weed eater that gives your lawn that manicured look.

Choosing the right weed eater for your tastes is a complex decision. There are several factors to consider, including the edging situation of your lawn, as well as your own personal preferences. The weed eater has grown up with the times and offers a wide range of features that you are sure to love.

Weed Eater Types:

  • Electric-powered. If you are interested in a non gas-powered weed eater, there are several models that are electric. You'll need to purchase an extension cord to ensure that you have enough range.
  • Battery-powered. Some of the more recent weed eaters have a rechargeable battery pack that allows you to operate without the confines of an extension cord. It's always a good idea to buy extra batteries so that you have an ample supply of power for larger lawns
  • Gas-powered. For the traditionalist, you still have an impressive selection of gas and gas/oil hybrid weed eaters. The gas/oil hybrid uses less gas, if you don't mind creating the mixture when needed.

How would you like to improve your lawn?
  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Determining Your Weed Eater Needs

You should choose your weed eater with the features of your yard in mind. If your grass in thin and manageable, then you could settle for a weed eater with a lower horse power.

When choosing your weed eater blades, you have a choice between nylon cord and plastic blades. Both are effective and fairly inexpensive. The drawback to nylon cord is that it needs frequent replacement during each use. The plastic blades can break easily if they are ground up against a driveway.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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