Proper and regular care is required for all lawns in order to keep them in good condition. In this regard, one of the critically important activities is trimming the grass in the lawn usually performed by machines called lawn mowers. People normally face lots of problems in choosing the perfect lawn mower for their lawn according to their requirements.
The main idea is to choose a lawn mower that can efficiently work with less effort/energy and gives maximum output.
A lawn mower is a machine that is used to cut/trim the excessive grass in the lawns and yards. It has rolling blades technology that works effectively in grass trimming. Five different kinds of lawn mowers are; push reel mowers, walk-behind mowers, ride-on lawn mowers, hover lawn mowers, and robot lawn mowers.
How to Choose a Lawn Mower?
It is really important to trim the grass on your lawn regularly but, you need to have the best equipment for this. The equipment should be according to the specific requirements for specific lawns.
Choosing the perfect lawn mower can be a tricky and difficult task as there are many types and models available in the market. Few factors when kept in mind while choosing the lawn mower can make this decision very easy. After a lot of research and surveys, we have identified few important considerations and in this article, we will guide you to focus on those while selecting the right lawn mower.
These factors/considerations are discussed as follows:
Size of your Lawn
The first thing to consider while choosing a lawn mower is how big your lawn is. The size of the lawn is the main factor to decide the best lawn mower for lawn care.
If your overall lawn is less than 2,000 square feet, you could get away with a simple manual reel mower as long as your grass is overly thick or tall.
If you can reach the entire surface of your lawn or use a 100-foot extension cord, an electric mower can be a great option for you.
Cordless mowers work well on lawns up to 7,500 square feet in size while gas mowers or the cordless continuous run time mowers are ideal for lawns up to 15,000 square feet.
The material of a Mower Deck
As we look at the deck of the mower, we have three options; steel, plastic, and composite. Steel is the standard option but over time this deck is going to rust out causing you to buy a new mower or replace the deck for an expensive cost. Plastic is nice as well as it makes a mower light weighted and in case of an electric motor, it makes it light enough to be hanged with the wall since there is no gas leakage involved. The composite deck will increase your cost but you are not going to see the deck rust over time. It will be a much sturdier and lighter deck than the steel.
Size of a Mower Deck
You should also consider the size of the mower deck. Keeping in mind that a large mower deck will mow wider sections making the work go faster. Although a smaller deck might be a better choice if you have a lot of grass curves to cut or trim.
While choosing a lawn mower, we must consider the lawn mower which is easy to store. Some mowers come with foldable handles making them easy to store and portable.
You need to consider the drive type of your lawn. If your lawn is hilly or has a lot of curves, a self-propelled gas-powered lawn mower will come in handy. Look for one with the front-wheel-drive which will give you good traction if you are dealing with uneven terrain and an all-wheel-drive self-propelled gas-powered motor works well for thick grass. A rear-wheel-drive is useful if you have a lot of trees, shrubs, and gardens to cut around. Always look for a compact mower if you have a surface like this.
You can always hear the noise of a gas-powered mower while it’s being operated, sometimes from a couple of streets away. If you are looking for noise reduction of lawn mowers, electric and cordless lawn mowers are about fifty percent less noisy than gas. Manual reel lawn mowers are even quieter.
Consider benefits for soil
Grass clippings also known as mulch can add organic matter to the soil as they decompose which helps to suppress weeds and conserve moisture in your lawn. A mulching lawn mower will do the work for you by distributing fine clippings across the lawn as you mow. Some mulching lawn mowers have a side discharge, this works well on lawns with few obstacles and high grass.
If you like to collect your lawn clippings for composting or just prefer the appearance of a manicured lawn, a rear bag mower is narrower and easier to maneuver than a side bag mower.
Hopefully, the above-discussed factors would be helpful for you to choose a compatible and efficient lawn mower for the maintenance of your lawn. Always remember to read the manual guide before using any product, and follow the safety measures.
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!