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Something to protect wooden posts from trimmers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Aaron's Lawn Care, May 22, 2006.

  1. Aaron's Lawn Care

    Aaron's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    A customer called me and told me that they would like me to install something to protect the bottom of their wooden lamp post from being torn up at the bottom from my string trimmer. Do they make anything to protect something like that?
  2. Lawns By Randy

    Lawns By Randy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    hey I have had the same problem but with no complaints although I suspect I amy start to hear something good luck I will want to see if anyone had an answer!
  3. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    Yep go to the Home Crapper and get a some sheet metal.
    Cut out a enough to go around post and nail it in with some small nail tacks.

    Cutomer of mine did that 4 years ago and its still there.
  4. Frosty03

    Frosty03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171


    It's called dont hit the post with the trimmer and if you have to, use just enough throttle to do the job. Like maybe 1/4 and no more than 1/2 throttle.

    I have gotten a couple of accounts from others where you could see where they trimmed. The LCO killed a couple of fruit trees by whacking it too close with the trimmer.
  5. Aaron's Lawn Care

    Aaron's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    The type of wood that this post is made out of is really soft for some reason and is easily chipped away. Also, most of the damage was done by someone who was working for towards the end of last year.
  6. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    I would use the opportuinity to spray round up along his entire fence. Then you protect it and you don't have to trim it.
  7. JClawncare

    JClawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Try using 4" or 6" black corrugated drain pipe. Cut it to length then split it down the side and it will wrap it around.
  8. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    We just explain to our customers that their expectations aren't reasonable if they expect someone to run a line trimmer at a thousand RPM close enough to trim grass growing around a fence post and never actually make contact with the fence post. Scuffing of the fence post is unavoidable.

    This explanation seems to work with everyone as long as you are polite about it.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  9. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 346

  10. ZaK18

    ZaK18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Thats what I do...If done right it doesnt look bad, and it cuts trimming time WAY down

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