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Hmm... there is a nearby pawn shop that carries a lot of that kind of equipment. That's an idea.

If you're short of funds, be careful shopping at the pawnshops. Sometimes their stuff is marked at nearly retail.
A better bet would be to check out the thrifts, and take somebody with you that knows string trimmers. A thrift shop ought to let you plug in an electric
trimmer to see if it runs.
Otherwise, how 'bout some hand=powered grass shears? Cut the grass real short, then cover with newspaper and/or cardboard and mulch as suggested by another poster. Voila, problems over.
If mulch is too high-priced, see if there's a lumber mill around, or get a couple bags of leaves off
somebody's driveway, set out for the trash.
flick 100785
One of mine is great, "Toro" I think. Very light weight and only cost $39.99. I wouldn't consider that too much.

Right now, that could make the difference between whether I can afford gas to get to work next week.

( I am sorry to hear that, but I do understand.
Maybe you could put aside $1.00 per week and by
next spring you would have it saved up?
And yes garage sales, pawn shops, etc would be a place to find one for really cheap.

Hmm... there is a nearby pawn shop that carries a lot of that kind of equipment. That's an idea. Canine Action Dog Trainer

As another poster mentioned be careful or beware of Pawn shops. Sometimes you can get good deals but
often enough it is close to retail, without
any warranty.
Maybe a neighbor would let you borrow theirs?
Gwen
Hmm... there is a nearby pawn shop that carries a lot of that kind of equipment. That's an idea. Canine Action Dog Trainer

Here is a link to an one on ebay.

Although I don't know what shipping cost would be.

Gwen
And a "Toro" from Home Depot for $29.98
http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN US/diy main/pg diy.jsp?BV SessionID=@@0513385100.1100107767@@&BV EngineID=cccladdkmifjcgelceffdfgidgnj.0&CNTTYPE=PROD META&CNTKEY=Super%20Categories/Outdoor%20Living&MID=9876&pos=p05
$10.00 less than the one I mentioned.
At least at $1.00 per week you could have one in about 32 weeks, new with a 1 year warranty. The gas ones are better but way too heavy for me.
Gwen
Maybe you could put aside $1.00 per week and by next spring you would have it saved up?

By next spring, I should be able to buy what I need outright. Remember the building that was supposed to open in October? Now, remember the three hurricanes? Yep, we're a little behind schedule. :}

The good news is that I just found out what my insurance settlement is going to be and, if I stick to repairing the damage that has to be repaired (i.e., roof), I won't have to consider bankruptcy. I'm deeply in debt, but not so deep that a full-time income won't provide me with an adequate shovel, and the insurance money will be padding so that I don't have to dive too much deeper before February-ish when we expect to be up and running.

I love my insurance agent. When she called me with the settlement amount yesterday, I mentioned something that I had noticed since her visit. She had me go searching the house for evidence of other damage (water spots on ceilings), and added them to my claim without requiring another visit. Whee! Made me wish I could find more damage than I did. :}

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Put down sheets of black plastic, and leave it for a couple of weeks. It'll cook pretty much everything under the plastic, including weeds and weed seeds.

This is also a great way to chase an ant community over to your neighbour's yard.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Whee!
Made me wish I could find more damage than I did. :} Canine Action Dog Trainer

My advice to that is you better double check and check again. You might have overlooked something.
Been there done that.
I am glad things will be much better come the beginning of next year.
What about borrowing a string trimmer for a day from a friend?
What about your church members? My GF who goes to
church regular and is very devout gets all kinds
of things from church members who have it to
give to those that aren't doing so well. Of course I am speaking of a church in a very tight nit community. But the members sound as though they are always willing to lend a hand and or money.
Gwen
I have two problems. (1) There is a neighborhood cat who loves to tease my animals. He will purposely come ... first try some cat-repellent stuff and try to train him to avoid my yard before I do the weed-killing thing.

Lawn chemicals are a bad way to go. Start with a string trimmer, and put a chain cutter head on it if you have to. Then get in there and dig stuff out by the roots. You will get a better result.

And why discourage the cat from coming around? It's good entertainment for the dogs.
Charlie
Hmm... there is a nearby pawn shop that carries a lot of that kind of equipment. That's an idea. Canine Action Dog Trainer

Here is a link to an one on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=79673&item=4335704006&rd=1 Although I don't know what shipping cost would be. Gwen

The guy is in Quebec, so that suggests the shipping might be high. Also he is offering no refund even for DOA.
Leah, if you can't afford a string trimmer, you can't afford a bottle of Roundup and the moral repercussions that attend its use. Get out there with a pair of gloves and a trowel, or bare hands and a flat rock, whatever your budget will allow.
Charlie
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