Summer is on the way, and that means it’s lawn and garden season! Do you have the right equipment to take care of your lawn? It’s important to make sure you have the right equipment for your lawn, whether big or small.
There are a few things, other than size, that are important when lawn mower shopping. We’re here to simplify the process so you can spend less time shopping and more time mowing and enjoying your lawn.
In addition to size, you should consider the shape and topography of your lawn, the price of your mower, your budget, and how much work you want to do versus how much work you want automated in your mower.
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Little Lawn: Tiny Trimmer
The smallest of lawns might not even require a lawnmower -- in fact, if you are in an urban area with a small front yard and little or no storage space, you might consider using a trimmer. Trimmers are great for uneven terrain too, because the height depends on you rather than the machine.
More Space: Manual Mower
If you have a small lawn, a trimmer might not quite do the trick. If you have a small, flat lawn, consider this: Old fashioned push lawn mowers without an engine are a great option for low maintenance, affordable, quiet, and environmentally-friendly lawn care. These mowers require strength and a brisk walker to cut most effectively, but they won’t ever run out of gas!
Personal Space: Push Mowers
When your yard gets too big to push a heavy manual mower or to carry a tiny trimmer, you might need a push mower. When it comes to push mowers, you have a lot of options.
For yards on the smaller side, and those that have all of the grass near a power source, you can purchase a corded electric mower. Remember though, that you can only mow as far as your cord will let you.
If you need to go beyond the length of your extension cord, a cordless electric mower with a rechargeable battery is a great option. You can go farther and mow a more uneven terrain, but you may be limited by the battery charge, so it’s not a good option for large lawns.
For a lawn that can’t be mowed in one charge of a lawn mower battery, a gas powered lawn mower may work better. Many push mowers are self-propelled, which can help for steep inclines or long stretches. Gas mowers are also great for mowing down tall, tough to get weeds.
Medium to Large Yards: Riding Mowers
For large yards, a walk behind or push mower might not be enough, but a commercial mower or a ride-on mower should do the trick! Mini riding mowers are great for personal yards, and they’ll do the job quickly and efficiently. These mowers are best for flat yards and small inclines.
Large Yards: Lawn Tractors
If you have a large lawn, consider a lawn tractor. They often have wider blades than mini riding mowers, and they allow you to cover a lot of ground quickly, and they can handle a more uneven terrain than a mini riding mower.
If you need something tougher than a lawn tractor, consider the heavy duty version: a garden tractor. If you have a large yard, this option is bigger, more powerful, and has tougher wheels than a lawn tractor. As a bonus, you can often use accessories like a tiller or a snow blower with a garden tractor, so it’s not just for mowing lawns.
We hope this helps you choose the right lawn mower for your needs this spring!