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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Pacocha

String-Trimmer Contact vs Delicate Exterior Surfaces

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

String-trimmers are a very important piece of equipment for the professional landscape service provider. Often times they are used over 4-6 hours per day during the growing season, helping create a beautiful, well manicured lawn and landscape.

As great as the string trimmer is for the professional groundskeeper, it has a operational "dark side" as well. The string trimmer (aka Weed Wacker, weed eater, etc.) can cause irreversible damage to items and soft materials that are allowed to make direct contact with it's spinning line (as it cuts adjacent growing grass).

The following items or structures are commonly exposed to accidental string-trimmer related damage.

  1. Wood Stairs, Fencing and Gates

  2. Deck, Fence and Mail Box Posts

  3. Tree Bark/Exposed Roots

  4. Wooden or Plastic Children Playground Sets

  5. Low-Voltage Light Fixtures

  6. Exposed Utility Cables

  7. Outdoor Furniture

  8. Vinyl, Wood or Aluminum Siding

  9. Air Conditioner Condensers

  10. Low-Growing Annual and/or Perennial Foliage

  11. Aluminum Downspout Extensions

Unless improved landscape design or protective strategies are employed (targeted wood mulch placement, expanded plant bed areas, use of sacrificial contact materials, simple grass removal, etc.), contact damage is very likely.

Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions or if our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. can be of help in the creation of a beautiful, maintenance-friendly landscape at your property. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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