If you’ve never held a weed whacker before, there are a few things you need to know before you fire up that destructive baby.

Dress Smart

Weed whackers can be dangerous if used improperly.  Wear long pants, close-toed shoes, goggles, and other protective gear you think you might need.  You don’t need to dress up like you’re going to a joust or anything, but don’t go running around in shorts and flip-flops!

Clear the PathWeed Whacking

Before you attack those weeds, go through your yard and get rid of any big rocks, sticks, garbage, or any other obstruction that could damage the nylon cutting thread.  The weed whacker was built to whack weeds, not rocks.  Extend the life of your weed whacker by using it to chop what it was meant to chop.

Keep it Low

Make sure that before you even turn it on your weed whacker is close to the ground.  That little nylon whip will chop you good if you flail it around.  Stay safe and low to the ground away from you or anyone else.  Of course, don’t hold it so low that it tries to tear up the dirt.  Hover it about two inches from the ground and you should end up with a beautifully whacked bed of weeds.

Move it Slow

Make sure you keep a slow, steady pace as you whack.  Move it gently from side to side and move forward slowly.  If you lose control…well, you don’t want that to happen!

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