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How to Buy a Lawn Mower

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By Paul Walshe, Gardening Enthusiast
Petrol Cordless Mower Mowing Grass

So, you need something to mow your lawn and you’ve just realised that there are hundreds of different mowers that will trim your grass?!

There are so many models of lawn mower, and it would be easy to think that it wouldn’t matter which variety you get, as they all serve the same basic function! But there are some things you will need to think about when picking a lawn mower for your garden.

So don’t get just go to the store, or online, and pick the first mower you see. If you’re wondering where to start with your search, fear not, as the right lawn mower is out there. You just need to know what you’re looking for!

We have put together a quick guide to the process of buying a lawn mower, so that you are clued up and ready to tackle your lawn this summer! Fear not, your perfect lawn is just round the corner. 

Man Mowing Lawn on Sit Down Mower
Image Credit: Telegraph

Doing Your Research

The easiest conclusion you can come to, is that each lawn is different! Which, in most cases, they are. So you need to view your lawn space, and ask yourself a few questions;

- What Size is Your Lawn?

Do you have a smaller lawn, and only need to easily maintain your grassy space? Or perhaps, you need something that is going to power through thick grass in a large area?

- How Tall, and Strong Are You, or the Person Who Will Be Mowing the Grass?

Is the lawn mower easy to manoeuvre? Can you adjust the handle? Do you need a heavier model or sit on mower for a large surface area?

- Where Do You Want to Use Your Lawnmower?

Do you have any obstacles on your lawn such as a tree stump or a pond that you need to manoeuvre around?

- How Smart Do You Want Your Lawn to Look?

Would you like your lawn space to be striped or mowed into a pattern? Perhaps you just want to provide a functional cut?

- How Much Space Do You Have to Store Your Mower?

Do you only have a tight spot for your mower? You may need something that adjust or partly collapses down.

Lush Grassy Lawn
Image Credit: Pro Lawn Care

What Are the Options?

So what are the categories of mower available, I hear you ask. Well here is a rundown of the different types of grass-cutter in the market today;

Rotary Lawnmower

These mowers simply cut the grass with a rapidly spinning blade. These types of mowers are the most common and typically very heavy in weight. If you have a larger lawn space, then a rotary mower would be the preferred choice as it would be able to make lighter work of cutting than say a cylinder mower.

These types of mower are available in electric and petrol driven models, and are perfect for your typically classic family lawn.

Cylinder Lawnmower

This type of mower tends to cut the grass in a scissor like fashion. Cylinder mowers use a barrel base of with a fixed blade. The barrel will rotate as the mower moves, therefore trapping blades of grass and then cutting.

The cylinder cutter tends to be used to perfect a lawn surface or cut a small space of lawn. The mower is not regularly powerful and tends to struggle with longer, bumpier areas of grass, and do struggle with collecting grass.

However, cylinder mowers really do leave your lawn looking pristine, and really are perfect for providing the finishing touches on a summer lawn.

They are available in electric, petrol powered and hand powered models. These types of lawn tend to need more maintenance than others.

Hover Lawnmower

As the name suggests, this type of mower does literally, hover just above the grass surface. Hover mowers are a type of rotary mower that floats on a cushion of air. This makes for an easy to manoeuvre mower that is very lightweight. Perfect for borders and flower beds.

Cordless Lawnmower

These are starting to gain real popularity with most due to the improvement in lithium batteries. As well as being battery powered. This type of mower does come in a petrol powered variety and are self-propelled, which again, makes them particularly easy to work around the lawn.

Cordless Lawnmower on a Well Kept Lawn
Image Credit: G tech

Which Mower Would Suit Your Garden

Of course this really depends on the size of your garden, but here are some general rules to abide by with small, medium and large gardens.

Small Sized Lawn

For a small garden, you should be looking at an electric, cylinder mower, or even a hover mower. These types of mowers are relatively inexpensive and are perfect for those smaller grass spaces. The cheapest mower you would be able pick up will cost you from £30.00 upwards.

Medium Sized Lawn

Perhaps an electric, or petrol powered rotary mower, would be ideal as an all-purpose generic cutting option. The price of this kind of mower will be a little more, ast the price range starts from £100.00 upwards.

Larger Sized Lawn

You will want a mower that can cut vast areas with relative ease. So a cordless, petrol, or battery powered mower will most certainly do the job. These mowers are easy to use and will build their own momentum once you move forward.

Cordless Lawnmower Cutting Through Thick Grass
Image Credit: Lawnmowers Direct

Other Things to Consider

Look to purchase a mower which is fairly good with grass collection. Some may perform well but may not be able to collect as much grass as the other models. Meaning that you will back and forth to the garden waste bin, making your job that much harder.

When buying, look to the cutting range of your mower. This will regularly range from 12-70 mms. If you want a very short lawn, you will want your lawn to be cut to between 12 and 20 mms in height.

If you have a pristine lawn, or perhaps you have some lawn tips or advice you want to share, or just generally want to put acroos your point of view?! Then get in touch with us via our social media sites, or alternatively, leave a comment below!

 

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