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3 Great Uses For String Trimmers

Wondering what else you can use string trimmers for?

This post explores 3 great used for string trimmers that you may not know about.

Lots of people believe that string trimmers are fairly one dimensional tools. They’re associated more often than not with just cutting long and thick areas of grass. However, contrary to these views, strimmer’s can be used for a variety of gardening jobs that you might not even think of.

So, in order to help you get the best value for money out of your string trimmer, we’ve brought you this guide on 3 great uses for string trimmers.

3 Great Uses For String Trimmers

So, we’re assuming that you guys already know you can trim long grass and weeds with your strimmer. Below is a list of 3 great tasks you can utilise your strimmer for to ensure you get the best value for money out of your purchase.

Stopping Climbers

This ones fairly self explanatory, but strimmers can actually be a really good way to cut the growth of climbing plants such as ivy. Whether it’s crawling up the side of your shed, or even your garden wall.

This can be a great way to remove most climbers providing they haven’t gotten too thick.

We do however recommend that you restrict yourself from using your string trimmer over head height. This is purely from a health and safety point of view. Should you trip of fall, you wouldn’t want your strimmer coming down on top of you from a great height.


Your string trimmer is a great tool to give your garden that sharp edged smart look. You can use this on a variety of areas including things such as flowerbeds. As the title suggests, you literally just need to follow around the edge of the area and touch it very lightly. Make sure not to get too close to the ground, and just brush the edges every so slightly to give the edge of the plants that sharp streamlined look.

Removing Weeds from Stonework

Whether you have weeds on your driveway, or on the patio that’s your pride and joy, they can be a real nuisance. Especially considering how time consuming going around on your hands and knees can be to get rid of them. If you’ve got a string trimmer, this is no longer a problem for you.

You can get rid of these in just minutes using a strimmer.

Just be cautious of any gravel or rocks lying around on your path or patio, as this is likely to be flung as soon as it comes into contact with the string trimmer line.

Safety First

Remember, the most important thing to consider before operating any potentially dangerous machinery is safety.

Check for hazardous objects

If for example, you’re strimming over a bit of grass that hasn’t been touched for a few years be careful. It’s very possible there could be dangerous objects like bits of rock or metal that could be flung once your string trimmer touches them.

Safety Equipment

This is a fairly obvious one, but make sure you wear protective equipment. This includes your safety visor with goggles, gloves and depending on how loud your strimmer is, ear muffs probably need to be worn.

Safety of Others

It’s not just your safety that matters. Make sure that before you start you consider the safety of others including people and animals.

For example, if your kids are playing in the garden, we advise that you ask them to vacate the area while you work. Also be cautious of pets, especially if they roam free. Finally, it’s worth checking the area you’re about to trim for any wildlife that would get harmed during your trimming session such as grass snakes and mice.

Don’t Overdo It

This sounds pretty Cliché, but don’t take on more than you can handle. Make sure you take reg breaks during use, and if you tired of weak it’s definitely time to stop.

Final Thoughts

So, we hope this article has opened your eyes a little and given you some creative ideas on different uses for string trimmers. These can often be expensive pieces of kit, so it’s definitely worth making the most of your money if you do decide to buy one.

We actually wrote a buyers guide for string trimmers, along with a list of some of the best commercial string trimmers If you’re considering buying one make sure you read the article as there are some great options to suit any budget.

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