One of the most common queries we get is what to wear when you are using your weed eater.
Today, we will run down exactly what you should and shouldn’t do to make sure that trimming your garden is a safe experience.
Some of these hints may appear obvious but it’s often the simple things that we overlook.
Working in the Yard
Generally, the starting point is to use your lawn mower and deal with the task of cutting the grass. You can get the vast bulk of the job done but, as with anything in life, it’s the finishing touches which make all the difference.
That’s where your weed eater emerges as a secret weapon.
Prime it up and prepare to do battle with all the hard-to-reach areas. While a mower is wonderful for quickly dealing with large areas of grass, when it comes to weeds and all those tricky corners, there’s simply no substitute for a weed eater.
But, before you do so…
What Should I Wear When Using My Weed Eater?
One thing to bear firmly in mind is that string trimmers are powerful pieces of kit. Some are heavier than others but even the most lightweight of models can be highly dangerous if you don’t take proper precautions. Why take the chance?
This machinery can tear through thick grass and dense weeds like a knife through butter. Just think what it could do to human skin. Equally, weed eaters can cause debris to come flying up through the air so safety concerns cannot be emphasized strongly enough. You don’t want to be dressed in shorts and sandals if rocks or pieces of wood come flicking up in your direction.
- Make sure you wear long pants. You can buy protective pants if your budget stretches to it but if not then choose some nice sturdy regular pants. You’re operating close to the ground so even if it’s a sunny day, don’t take the chance and risk wearing shorts.
- Shoes are another critical flashpoint. Forget about sandals or anything with an open toe. Dedicated work boots are the perfect choice. If you do not have any boots then go for some strong leather shoes or sneakers. Think about soles with good traction so you do not slip while cutting away. Make a sensible footwear choice as your feet will be in close proximity to the business end of the weed eater!
- Avoid excessively loose clothing. The last thing you want is to get your sleeves or pant legs caught in the string trimmer while mid-flow.
- Think about how badly grass can stain clothing. Don’t take a chance and wear a brand new outfit. Choose something old or clothes that you don’t mind picking up a few green marks. Gardening is no time for a fashion show.
- Wear some gloves. As well as being more comfortable when operating machinery and protecting your hands against any flying objects, they’ll also serve you well against the problems caused by vibration.
Protect Your Eyes
- Wear safety glasses. Bear in mind the above advice and think about what can fly up towards you when you are edging your lawn. One-third of all injuries incurred with weed eaters involve the eyes. Don’t cut corner when for just a few dollars you can protect one of your most valuable assets: your eyesight.
Safeguard Your Ears
- Weed eaters can be extremely noisy, the electric models in particular. Whatever variety you have, it’s well worth investing in some safety ear plugs. The tighter they are the more protection you will have against your ears being damaged. These are not expensive so don’t take any chances and buy yourself a set.
Note: If you are not able to hear well due to wearing ear plugs, exercise even more caution than usual and pay very close attention to everything around you. It’s said that when we lose one sense the others become more acute to compensate. Take advantage of this and use your eyes like a hawk!
Look After Your Skin
- We mostly tend to take care of gardening duties in the warmer weather. Break out the sunblock and look after your skin. Use the SPF which is best suited to your complexion and consider how long you will be out in the sunlight working.
- If your garden is prone to lots of insects then slather on some insect repellent too. Better safe than sorry. Some insects can carry diseases so don’t take any chances.
General Safety Tips
Now that you have the correct clothing in place and have protected your eyes, ears and skin, take the time to think about what else you need to do in order to avoid any accidents…
- Remove any loose debris like sticks and stones before you get started. This will minimize the chance of anything zooming upwards as you work.
- When you start up the weed eater, do so on firm and flat ground.
- Warn people away if they are too close to you as you trim the grass and weeds. Let them know what is a safe zone – surprisingly up to 60 feet – and remain vigilant. This is especially important if you have children. Think also of your pets and keep them well away from the action.
- Just as you should sidestep loose clothes, tie back your hair if it is especially long. Hair can easily become caught up in the moving parts with potentially horrific consequences.
- Do not rush and overwork the weed eater. Accidents happen in this way.
- They say that prevention is the best cure. This is particularly true with intricate machinery like weed eaters. Don’t let this tool fall into a state of disrepair. With proper maintenance you can stop things like loose nuts and bolts from becoming a possible danger.
So, take note of the above tips and you should have no problems at all with your weed eater. Like any mechanical equipment, you simply need to take sensible precautions and remain watchful at all times and you should have very little chance indeed of anything going wrong.