Reasons Every Homestead Needs a Walk-Behind Weed Eater
I posted before and after pictures on social media of the results of the first-ever piece of brand new ‘large’ piece of equipment I bought on our homestead – a walk-behind weed eater. I debated for a long time over 1. Spending the money and 2. If it would even work the way I needed it to. I live in Florida and we have some serious Frankenstein weeds down here. I mean, seriously, I have brand new weeds popping up in our yard this year that I have never seen in my life! My yard got so overgrown that my options boiled down to three things:
- Spending WAY too much money on a riding lawn mower that would only be useful for certain parts of the yard
- Hiring a lawn service to come and attempt to fix things for me
- Buying this walk-behind weed eater and putting in the work myself.
I would bet money that if you’re a homesteader or a farmer or frugal at all like I am, you would also choose option #3. BEST DECISION EVER.
WALK-BEHIND WEED EATER WORKHORSE
When I say this walk-behind weed eater is a workhorse, I mean it works until it can’t anymore, and it takes everything down with it in the process. I read reviews that mentioned being careful when getting too close to fruit trees because the weed-eater will pull the whole tree down with it and they weren’t lying! Thankfully, that hasn’t happened, but I have pulled down some SERIOUS sized pokeweed and been truly taken aback at how easily it tore the large stalks to shreds. I feel super powerful when I used it…not going to lie it’s pretty damn fun.
AMAZING CARBON MATERIAL FOR COMPOST
Another huge perk of having a walk-behind weed eater in my case was producing carbon material for my compost bin. We often have an abundance of nitrogen-rich material, but not enough carbon. With the weed-eater, it lays all the really tall grass and weeds down on the ground without chopping it all up into little pieces like a lawnmower does so they’re much easier to rake up. My process is that I’ll weed-eat a large area, rake up multiple piles of the greenery I’ve slashed down and then let the piles sit for a day or two. Once all the weeds and grass have turned to brown and died, I’ll either add them directly to my composting pile or put them aside and add them slowly.
When I have stocked up enough tall weeds to put aside for a while to use on compost, I’ll rake up the newly slashed grass and weeds and throw them in the chicken lot! Sometimes I’ll stick the greenery right in their hen house so it gets mixed in with all that nitrogen-rich chicken poop because you guessed it, BETTER COMPOSTING MATERIAL! Brilliant, eh? The chickens also loved the easy pickin’. I’ll also give some of this to my rabbits who absolutely love eating the grass and weeds. Just be aware of what you have in your yard since rabbits can be sensitive to certain plants.
EASY TO MANEUVER & SIZE
The walk-behind weed eater I purchase is super easier to maneuver and small enough to get between fences and fruit trees or whatever else I might have put next to a fence that I shouldn’t have! With a riding lawn mower, I knew there would be too many areas in the yard that I wouldn’t be able to get to. Also, I really don’t like using a handheld weed-eater…. that only increased once I use a walk-behind for the first time! I don’t feel like my hands and body are vibrating an hour after weed-whacking with a walk-behind as I do with a handheld weed eater. Also, the walk-behind weed eater is far cheaper than a riding lawnmower. I think that, eventually, my mother-in-law and I might split the cost of a riding mower to share but until then I’m pleased with my walk-behind weed eater.
GAS; SETUP; MAINTENANCE
- Gas. I was surprised at all how long the gas has lasted me while walk-behind weed-eating the lawn! With a lawnmower, I always must refill the tank at least twice when mowing our hole lawn.
- Setup was super easy. I lifted the weed-eater out of the bag, attached the handle, and filled up the oil tank with the oil they provided. The instruction booklet was extremely detailed and put everything into lamens terms, thankfully.
- I also feel confident that I will be able to perform any future maintenance the piece of equipment might need since the user’s manual/instruction booklet was so detailed and informational. Oh, and you know how changing the string on a hand-held weed eater can be a real pain in the neck? This walk-behind-weed eater is SUPER easy to change the strings on and the strings are so heavy duty that they don’t disappear nearly as quickly as a regular weed-eater.
I’ve really never been more happy about spending the amount of money I did on something like a piece of equipment for the yard. I’ve told a lot of people about it and I’m realizing that they’re more common than I thought they were. If your yard is completely out of control and you don’t want to pay a lawn service company to come help, I strongly suggest you take the leap and invest in a walk-behind-weed eater. I really don’t think you’ll be sorry! I love it so much I have to add it to my post “Four Tools for the New Homestead You Need Today“!