5 reasons every homestead needs a walk-behind weed eater.
I debated for a long time over buying a walk-behind weed eater. I wondered if spending the money was worth it. Would even work the way I needed it to? My yard got so overgrown that my options boiled down to three things:
- Spend 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 chose option #3 and it was definitely the right one.
You’ll work smarter, not harder, with a walk-behind weed eater
This walk-behind weed eater 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. They said 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. I was taken aback at how easily it tore the large stalks to shreds.
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. The weed-eater lays all the tall grass/weeds down on the ground without chopping it all up into little pieces. I weed-eat a large area, rake up multiple piles of the greenery, and let the piles sit for a day or two. Once it all has turned to brown and died, I add them to my compost pile.
I’l. also rake up the newly slashed grass and weeds and throw them in the chicken lot! Alternatively, you can put the dried grass/weeds in the hen house to get mixed in with all that nitrogen-rich chicken poop. The result will be a great compost mixture! The chickens also loved the easy pickin’.
Easy to maneuver, a great size
The walk-behind weed-eater super easier to maneuver and small enough to get between fences and fruit trees, something I couldn’t do with a riding mower. The walk-behind weed eater is far cheaper than a riding lawnmower and I even bought it off of Amazon and had it shipped to my house. Win-win.
Gas, setup and maintenance
- The gas has lasted a long time. With a lawnmower, I always refill the tank at least twice when mowing our whole lawn.
- Setup was super easy. After taking the weed-eater out of the bag, I 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.
- I feel confident I’ll be able to perform any future maintenance thanks to the user’s manual/instruction booklet. It’s also very easy to change the heavy-duty trimmer line.
I’ve never been happier about spending the amount of money I did on a piece of equipment for the yard. 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, take the leap and invest in a walk-behind-weed eater.
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