Brushcutters and grass trimmers are among the most useful and frequently used garden tools, especially at this time of year. Lawns have a habit of growing profusely during the spring and summer months can be a challenge to keep presentable. Grass trimmers are light, portable and easy to use – the perfect lawn mower companion to keep your lawn looking neat and trim in all seasons! For those with larger gardens or areas of land to maintain, brush cutters are just the thing to keep denser areas of grass and thicket under control.
We’ve put together our top 5 tips, to help you get the most out of your grass trimmer or brushcutter this spring:
1 Basic technique
Once you’ve mastered the basic technique, the rest will come easy. Holding your brush cutter in front of you, simply swing it from right to left to maximise the anti-clockwise rotation of the blades and encourage the cuttings to drop onto the cut area. For very long grass, make the first movement to trim the top left to right, then swing back right to left to take the grass down to the level required.
2 Overcoming obstacles
Use the mowing line rather than blades to get close to trees, bushes, fences or decking without damaging them. If you’re working around several plants growing close together then be sure to clear around them before mowing. Simply place the guard of your brush cutter against the trunk of the tree or bush and use it to guide you around the tree.
3 Mowing lines
To keep your mowing line flexible and make it last longer it should absorb moisture before use. Place it in water for a minimum of 24 hours before use, and if your spool hasn’t been used for an extended period, remove it from the mowing head and soak in water for two days before using it. It’s also worth having a spare mowing line to hand at all times, as they do require regular replacement.
4 Large flat areas versus slopes
Adopt the square method to tackle large expanses by dividing the area into squares and then tackling each square by working around the outside and moving gradually into the centre. When working on a slope the strip method is most effective. Start off by cutting a strip along the bottom width of the slope and working your way up to the top. This way the cuttings always fall onto the cut area.
5 Look after your machine
Make sure you follow the safety and care guidelines in your brushcutter or grass trimmer manual and get it serviced regularly. If replacement parts are needed then ensure they are STIHL original parts to ensure you continue to get the best out of your machine. Make sure metal cutting attachments are regularly and evenly sharpened to reduce the risk of breakage as unevenly sharpened blades can throw the machine out-of-balance.
Our advice should leave you with an efficient machine and an effective way of working, so that your garden is in tip top shape with minimum effort.
Don’t forget to wear the correct PPE when using your grass trimmer or brushcutter and enjoy getting your garden looking pristine this spring!
If you have more questions, or want some help choosing the best machine for your needs, pay a visit to your local expert STIHL dealer.