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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Lawn Mower

Choosing the Right Lawn Mower

When choosing the right mower, there are many factors that must be considered. One of those factors is the type of grass that your lawn has and what other landscape challenges are in your yard.

The first thing to do to find which kind of lawnmower you should get would be to figure out what type of yard you have and what kind of grass it has.

Low Maintenance Lawns

For low-maintenance yards, a push-style mower, also known as rotary mowers, is recommended because they’re typically smaller and easier to use for most people. Most push mowers don’t need gasoline to power them so less money is spent on gas over time when using one.

When choosing a push-style lawn mower it is best to choose one with mulching capabilities because after you’ve mowed the lawn you can use the debris to fertilize your grass and mulch other landscaped areas.

This is a great system and doesn’t cost that much because most mulching mowers are cheaper than other types of lawnmowers. Benefits include being able to adjust the height of your grass and save money on gas.

High Maintenance Lawns

For a high-maintenance yard, choosing a riding lawnmower is recommended because they usually cut larger swaths at one time, therefore, completing the job faster.

Riding mowers have features such as an adjustable speed control which depending on how large your yard is could be beneficial or not. Having an adjustable speed control allows you to go as fast or slow as you need it to based on where you’re located in your yard.

What Size Lawnmower Do I Need?

Depending on how large your yard is choosing a lawnmower that has the right size engine, and choosing one that can handle various kinds of jobs such as if your yard requires you to bag grass or mulch it.

Push mowers, or a walk behind mower, are best suited for small yards with flat surfaces. These types of mowers are typically smaller in size and lighter than other types of lawnmowers. Benefits include being able to adjust the height of your grass and save money on gas. They also tend to be easier to maneuver through tight spaces and won’t tear up smaller areas if you accidentally hit them with your mower.

If you have a larger lawn or a good piece of land that needs mowing a rear engine riding mower, lawn tractor, or zero turn mowers are ideas. Garden tractors give you a lot of bang for the buck.

Electric mowers are more suited for a standard size lawn.

What Horsepower Do I Need for a Lawn Mower?

Higher horsepower means larger and tougher grass can be cut.

Lawnmower engines typically range from about 2 HP up in the 6-7 HP range. The size that you choose will depend on what your needs are and how large your lawn is.

If you’re going to be doing large yards with lots of space, then choosing a higher horsepower engine might be best for you. However, if you only have small yards then choosing something that’s not as powerful won’t matter too much because you’ll never use the higher-powered settings anyway.

Whatever you choose make sure it’s a mulching mower to make cleanup easier. Here are some more considerations with choosing a new lawn mower.

Different Lawn Mowers and Their Unique Features    

You would be surprised about the number of different types of lawnmowers on the market. Here are some of the different types of lawnmowers and which works best where.

All-Electric Lawn Mower

Is your yard in a hard-to-reach location? If so, choosing an all-electric lawnmower would be the best because they are self-propelled and you won’t have to hand-crank them. This makes them the easiest type of lawnmower to use if you have a larger yard or a lot of hills.

The only drawback is that they do require that you plug it into an outlet for power which can cut down on how long you can use it in one mowing session.

The best thing about choosing a battery-powered mower over gasoline is the fact that all you have to do is charge it up and you are ready to go! That means no trips to the gas station since the charger provides direct power straight from your house electricity.

Pros

Self-propelled and easy to use

Cons

Needs an outlet for power which limits large of a space it can cover      

Gasoline-powered

With a gasoline-powered mower, you will need to purchase gas from time to time but what this does allow for is more power to get tougher jobs done like cutting tall grass. Gasoline-powered mowers are best suited for lawns with many types of grass or heavily wooded areas that need to be mowed.

Pros

More power for tall grass and tough jobs

Cons

Need to purchase gas from time to time

Riding Mowers

As with choosing a riding lawnmower, choosing the right features is extremely important.

Being able to easily adjust the cutting height allows you to cut at different lengths creating a clean look for your front yard and backyard.

The option of whether or not you want to bag your grass clippings or mulch them is also a feature that should be looked into before choosing a model because depending on how large your yard is could make it impractical for one over another. Being able to choose between two features means that it will save you money, in the long run, allowing you not to have to purchase an additional part but instead just switch out blades.

Pros

More powerful engine to cut through rougher terrain

Cons

Need a trailer to carry it   

Final Thoughts on Choosing the Right Lawn Mower for Your Property

A gasoline-powered lawn mower is best suited for those with tough jobs and lots of grass to cut. A self-propelled lawnmower allows you to simply push a button and walk behind the machine instead of having to pull a cord to start the machine. An electric or rechargeable lawnmower is perfect for those that do not want gas added into their lifestyle and are limited on space as it needs an outlet for power.

Deciding which type of lawnmower suits your property can be made easier by choosing one based on the amount of time, energy, money, storage space, available power sockets, etc…

I hope this article will help you choose the right lawnmower!      

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