If you have a lawn, you need a mower, unless you have someone else with a mower who is going to be mowing your lawn for you. This necessitates a well-thought out decision since the mower you buy will probably be yours for quite some time. In addition to the facet of cost, one also has to consider several other options including type of mower, size of mower, and functionality of mower.
Push mowers are useful for smaller yards and acreage, typically less than an acre. Plus, if you are concerned with physical fitness, a push mower will help keep you in shape. Several manufacturers produce out push mowers, so you have a wide selection to choose from if you decide to purchase a push mower.
Each manufacturer also includes a variety of features with their mowers. Your decision as to which mower to purchase will involve looking at the different features of the mowers including mower size, blade size, the number of wheels, the presence of rollers, and more. The basic push mower utilizes a reel that is known to cut the grass uniformly.
Whether you select an electric mower over a gas-powered mower is a matter of personal preference in most cases. Although electric mowers may be better for the environment in the long run, they have a limited range of motion. You need to have a ready supply of power that you can easily tap into when using an electric mower. This may become a problem if you have limited access.
Gas powered mowers, on the other hand, require a source of energy that is easy to run out of without much notice. This may necessitate a trip to the store in the middle of your mowing.
Within this category of powered mowers, one also has the option to select a mower that simply mows the lawn, a mower that gathers the lawn clippings, a mower that mulches the clippings as it goes, and more. Power mowers use a spinning blade that cuts the tops of the grass off as it passes over it.
A mulching mower does away with the need to gather or distribute the clippings. A scythe or field mower has heavier than usual blades and is very useful for cutting thick areas, heavier grass, and brush.
Riding mowers are useful for large open areas. Using a riding mower is typically less strenuous than a walking mower. Moreover, riding mowers utilize larger blades so the lawn can be cut in a shorter amount of time.
Since riding mowers come in a variety of sizes with a variety of price tags, it's important to select a model based on the size of your lawn. If you are unsure of the size that you should get, the store personnel should be able to assist you.
Although not readily available at all locations, robotic mowers can cut back on the amount of time that you actually have to be involved in the mowing. The mower can be programmed to mow your lawn. Like robotic vacuums, they can easily change paths if they encounter obstacles. Better yet, if the robotic mower does happen to become stuck, its blades will stop moving.
Zero Turn Mowers
Zero turn mowers are useful for large commercial properties since they are very powerful. Additionally, their turning radius allows close cuts near objects that are typically considered annoying obstacles such as trees, tool sheds, etc.