I have slightly over an acre of yard with 125 large trees, 700+ feet
of fence-line, numerous bushes, flowerbeds, out buildings and 400 feet
of drainage ditch that I have to weed eat around. I checked with a
landscaping company and they said they wouldn't touch it for just the
weed eating for less than $75 per/cut. I'm not paying that much. I'll
pay for a high quality one and do it myself. I need one that has the
back-pack feature because I'm getting older and I can't hold the
regular ones very long.
Needless to say, it's a bit much for your standard weed eater. I've
worked several of them to death.
I'm looking for a high quality, electric start, "back-pack" type
commercial weed eater to purchase.
I thought I would check here first to see if any of you good people
could tell me of any that you've personally used and had great
Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
I have a simple Weedeater. Bought it in 1993 at the BORG for about
$60. I use it weekly on a 3/4 acre lot with over 180 trees. It still
runs good, lightweight, and I tip it 90% for edging. If it died
today, I'd buy another just like it.
It is bad practice to strike a tree trunk with a string trimmer (or
anything else), as this will damage the bark and can introduce all
kinds of disease.
First, thank you all for answering my question. You're a great help to
I have further questions that have occurred to me:
If I sprayed an area around a tree with roundup, wouldn't that affect
Or a bush?
Also, how could I control the spray along a 200 ft ditch so that it
was straight and appealing to the eye like I can with a trimmer?
I'm all for making my life easier, but I don't want it to look like
Also, as I said, my arms aren't what they used to be. I was
considering one of the back pack units so the part I'm holding would
be lighter. Is this practical?
As long as the roots are below grade or heavily barked, no. Roundup is
not a systemic as the active ingredient (glyphosate) is readily bound in
Same thing although if the bush is "droopy" applying it underneath is
more problematical w/o getting it on the foliage.
And if both cases, of course, overspray and misting and bounceback are
issues to be careful of.
That would be quite difficult w/o a physical border of some sort imo.
Seems like but I've not used one so can't personally comment on how
effectively it might be to accomplish the goal.
At least you don't have the half-mile of cedar windbreak that needs the
weeds taken out of at least a couple of times per year that can't get to
w/ the weedeater owing to branches coming to the ground (which, of
course, is not fixable if one wants an effective windbreak). So, I
still use the scythe. Makes for good exercise if nothing else, I tell
The problem with RoundUp is that the spray can travel to plants you
don't want to kill. It won't hurt a tree unless you get it on the
leaves. Your best solution is to mulch the tree---controls weeds and
provides some nutrients.
On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 18:43:30 +0000, Phisherman wrote:
I use Roundup around flowers in the flower beds all the time. I do use it
in a good 2 gallon sprayer with a nozzle I can aim precisely and apply it
in the morning when the wind is calm and when I know it's not going to
rain for 24 hours or so. It isn't very often I get any bleed-over to
plants that I want to keep. From his description of his property I would
suggest the OP purchases a sprayer and concentrated Roundup. That will
save him a ton of trimming as it does here around all the trees and
landscaping features I have.
Thanks man. A friend suggested that I use a cut out piece of cardboard
as a backing to spray against. That would also keep the line very
That's a real good idea. I have a sprayer that I use for bug spray
also, and it has a good spray pattern that I can adjust to about 6
inches. That will give me a good boarder to mow to.
Thanks to all of you for your advice!
I did my area which has 70 trees and hundreds of perennials, I also
convinced a guy who owns a nice farm to do it and he now saves 250 a
month all summer from reduced weedwacking labor and gas. Around trees
are no issue, I go out about a foot, near plants or gardens first you
want no wind, I found a piece of 1/4" paneling about 4x4 that had a
hole cut in it I use as a shield, For some areas I cover a group of
plants with buckets or plastic. After abouit 2 weeks I get out my
handheld propane weed burner and burn everything black, it looks good.
Maybe twice a year I do it, I used to spend hours weedwacking with a
Sthil, now no more. If you get it on a plant it can be removed by
hoseing with water if you do it right away. Get a good garden sprayer
with adjustable patterns and try it slowly when you have no wind. The
Propane weed burner takes a small tank , the wand or burner head is
long enough where you stand and burn out the dead stuff. A 200 ft
ditch, I cant really picture but it might look better killed and
burnt. Wait till its dead from the spray before you burn.
Most commercial landscapers around here use Stihl. I don't see a need for
a backpack unit. A straight shaft 32cc Stihl or Echo with a shoulder
harness will do fine and cost half as much. My big Echo starts in one pull
and carries plenty of fuel. I also removed the tap and go dispenser and
replaced it with a dual line head where you just replace each line with 6"
new piece. This allow you to use the big gauge (.24?) serrated line that
lasts seemingly forever.
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