Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation
A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!

Weed eating. Proper technique.


Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-20-2012, 06:40 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Talking Weed eating. Proper technique.

In an affort to try and do the best job I possibly can being a newbie and all, I was wondering if you guys could share some useful tips on weed eating. What are some common practices to avoid burning or scalping the edges? what direction do you go in? do you drag the head along the ground or let it float along as you go?

I've got my way of doing things but i'm trying to train a new guy and he feels his way is better but it obviously isn't. He does some in the back, some in the front then back to the back, then he'll do a tree then back to the front. he's all over the place and misses a ton of stuff. Including areas that he hit. I tend to do everything as I go along, so i'm not going back and forth wasting time. I also just replaced a spool on a brand new trimmer and i feel it wore out way too soon (machine is 2 months old) so i feel he's dragging it to much.

Some customers might not care if their edges start to retreat from being wacked to low but when you get to higher end customers that are looking for that perfect look i'm sure these tips will help alot of people. Thanks guys.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 06-20-2012, 08:37 PM
PineHillLawn PineHillLawn is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nixa, MO
Posts: 117
Rep Power: 0
PineHillLawn is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
First of all, in my opinion, start in the front and do EVERYTHING there is to trim there then move to the back. If you have a yard that, that doesn't work as well, work either the entire fence or around the house first then move your way in or out. Know where you've been and what still need to be done. It's not rocket science but for some guys it can be I guess. I'd tell him to keep the trimmer off the ground unless you need to bump the line out. Thats the only time the trimmer should hit the ground. If you have a worn out head in 2 months, its either junk or hes abusing it. I've had the trimmer I have now for over two years and its not even close to being worn out. I'd light a fire under his *** and tell him to buy his own trimmer or head at the very least.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-20-2012, 09:17 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

thanks for the info man. I appreciate it. Yeah that's what I thought. He's definitly abusing the thing. My last trimmer (echo) i got used and used it for 3 seasons before i had to replace the head. This is a new commerical grade stihl i bought this year and the spool head was worn so bad it wouldn't advance anymore.

As far as the way he goes through yards goes, he's definitly not getting it. I start from one point work the perimitter, hit any tree, landscape area, rocks, whatever the f**k and then follow that line and work the inside around the house. I also work to the left, keeping grass out of beds. He goes to the right kicking it in. I don't know maybe i'm the one thats doing it wrong.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-20-2012, 10:10 PM
Apex Lawn & Landscape Apex Lawn & Landscape is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh suburbs
Posts: 384
Rep Power: 0
Apex Lawn & Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

how long has he been working for you? ****s not rocket science...seems like hes slowin you down
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-20-2012, 10:19 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

If trimmers spun in the correct direction he wouldn't be kicking grass into the beds.

That said, they all spin the wrong way, so you have to adapt by walking the OTHER direction!




I use a Stihl with the factory bump head and I just replaced it after two and a half years.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-20-2012, 11:06 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

I'm a one man operation but i have him come with me for a once a week. Just to help with a busier day. But my customers know me for not missing stuff and for always leaving the yard clean and debri free. So I find myself having to touch things up cause it's quicker then explaining it to him. I'm just trying to figure out some tips to help him understand.

Hedge, yeah i was pretty surprised when i went to use the trimmer and noticed it didn't advance at all. I was like "this thing is f**king 2 months old", "how can this thing be worn so bad already". Yeah he's dragging it.

Thanks for the help guys, being new to this whole thing is tough so it's nice to have a place to talk to people about issues. I was thinking I was doing something wrong but it seems just dealing with this kid is what i'm doing wrong. It's tough to find good help thats willing to only work a few hrs a week. haha
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-21-2012, 07:24 AM
PineHillLawn PineHillLawn is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nixa, MO
Posts: 117
Rep Power: 0
PineHillLawn is on a distinguished road
Default

Get rid of him and get someone with a brain, or someone that will listen to you, the boss. There are always people out there willing to work even if its just one day a week. Try craiglist, try your local newspaper. Just get someone that isnt going to tear up your tools and will work like they're suppose to. Give then a week or two and if they are'nt listening dump em and go again.

Or do it all yourself. At least thats a good way of getting it done right.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-21-2012, 07:56 AM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

A new head costs $30.

Divide that by the limited number of days he's working with you and see how much it's costing YOU every time he trims.

Don't forget to factor in the time you spend doing what he didn't do right.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-21-2012, 10:29 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

1. Always go left.
2. Always keep the head parallel to whatever you cut, even when going in circles.
3. Hop the trimmer up and down to get grass growing on fences.
4. Trim from the top of a hill, never from below.

5. You have more control sidestepping-back or moving backwards when trimming large amounts of grass - you will lose control when moving forward.

Your body wants to lower the trimmer every time you go forward, but move backward and your body will maintain the height of cut or go upward which avoids cutting too short. - safe.

-

If I'm trimming a property, I may always trim the perimeter of the lawn first, then I trim around obstacles such as trees. Over time, you can do both at the same time in order to save time.

Let's say you are mowing the perimeter but there is a nearby tree coming up, go and trim around the tree and head right back to continue trimming around the perimeter, this makes it so that you aren't back tracking.

-

If you need to release more trimmer cord but you are nowhere near the street, turn the trimmer sideways and tap it against a fence, or the home itself.

-

For the love of god, I am going to make another video. I am an excellent trimmer and I have soooo much advice to share but I think we are all visual learners here. I'll see what I can do today.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-21-2012, 04:54 PM
Lopes Lawn Care's Avatar
Lopes Lawn Care Lopes Lawn Care is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 4
Lopes Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

All good points guys. I'm gonna get on him next week when i see him again and go over this **** again. He's definitly gotten better but he's still moving in the f***ing wrong direction. It's just pissing me off that he's ruining my equipment and still doing a bad job. He's a friend in need of work so i'm trying to be patient but i'm too anal with my properties to just over look it.

I'm having a feeling he'll be gone soon.

Cheese, I pretty much trim the same way you do. I start at a point and hit any obsticiles out in the lawn (tree, pool, rocks, dildos whatev)while always returning to the perimeter to where i left off. Makes things easy to remember and alot quicker so it kills me to see him go back and forth.

A video of this might definitley help alot of people. Although it's not rock science by any means, to someone that has never picked up a trimmer it will be gold.

Again thanks for the advice guys. This site is awesome!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
line trimming, string trimming, weed eating

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Becareful of catching flesh eating bacteria while working the lawns... WorkForMySelf Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 1 05-22-2012 11:23 PM
Proper linking Technique The Cleaning Doctor Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 16 11-15-2010 06:21 PM
What would be the proper way to landscape a Circle and Gazebo?? jimmyjamescwb Community Assistance 4 06-20-2010 12:32 PM
Congratulations! Simple technique to get new customers justin_time Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 3 10-23-2009 02:02 AM
weed-eating the curb & driveway landonkade Starting a lawn care business. 2 07-05-2007 09:34 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
Yesterday 03:57 PM
Today 01:16 PM
by Bradcook21
6 112
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Today 12:31 PM
by Steve
9 353
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 12:29 PM
by Steve
1,227 401,214
Hello Everybody
budspop
Yesterday 11:42 AM
Today 12:28 PM
by Steve
1 44
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
Today 11:34 AM
by googus
9 568
Hello!
brandycarlton
07-29-2015 12:31 PM
07-29-2015 03:54 PM
by Steve
1 125
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
07-28-2015 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 232
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
07-28-2015 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 211
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:17 PM
07-28-2015 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 215
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
07-28-2015 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 370
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
07-28-2015 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 213
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 755
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,932
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 368
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,424
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,402
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,469
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 309
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 432
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 325
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 345
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,725
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,676
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,485
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 350
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 297
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 471
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,473
» Popular Tags
accounting ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook financials flyers foreman free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hardscapes hiring husqvarna hydro invoicing jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge per hour service plowing profit on employee quickbooks roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair snow plowing solo backpack sprayer sq ft swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website winterization www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:57 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:57 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy