Pure, relaxing beauty and the perfect accent to a great home, I’m talking about your lawn. Having a great lawn means regular feeding, watering and lawn mowing. To accomplish that last task requires having a good lawn mower for the job.
Buying a lawn mower can be a particularly daunting task, particularly if you have never bought one before. Getting the right kind of lawn mower makes all the difference in how enjoyable the task of lawn mowing can be. There are different types of lawn mowers and the best choice depends on several factors. This article will help you choose the lawn mower that best fits your own personal needs so that you can find the Zen of lawn mowing and feel at one with your yard.
Types of Lawn Mowers
When looking for a lawn mower, there are three general types of lawn mowers that you can buy. These are the push reel mower, a powered rotary lawnmower and a riding lawn mower. Each one has its own benefits and these benefits are dependent upon your needs.
Classic Reel Mower
The most classic type of lawnmower is the push reel mover. These are the old style with the cylindrical reel. As you push the mower, the reel spins and the grass is cut. The main benefits are its cheap cost, quiet noise, and low environmental impact. While they were common in the past, they fell out of favor because of the strenuous work involved in mowing your lawn with one. Memories of mowing a large yard with one are usually not very fond memories. Recently they have started to come back in favor for those concerned about the environmental impact of gas powered lawnmowers. With a small lawn a reel mower can be a good choice.
The Common Rotary Mower
The most common type of home lawn mower is the . They work using a motor to spin the grass cutting blade. The motor can either be gas powered or electric. Many models have a self-propelled mode that helps move the mower across the lawn making the task less physically demanding. This makes mowing a lawn more of an exercise in walking than a physically strenuous exercise. The engines usually have plenty of power to tackle a tough lawn. Since these are the most common type of mowers, they are also the cheapest and most widely available. The main benefits of the rotary mower are its ubiquity, its ease of use and its cost.
The Riding Lawn Mower
The best type of lawnmower is the riding lawn mower. They combine the cutting power of a rotary mower with a seat for riding. They have four fat wheels to take on yard terrain and if equipped with an add-on cup holder, you can enjoy your favorite beverage while mowing the lawn. These are usually the most expensive, not only to buy but also to use. Even though they are expensive, they are sometimes the best choice for large lawns because they allow the lawn to be quickly cut in the time it takes to drive over the lawn while a rotary mower might take hours and a reel mower might take days. Probably the biggest benefit of the riding lawn mower is that anyone, even those less physically capable, can enjoy mowing their lawn.
Tips to Choose Your Lawn Mower
In choosing which lawn mower is the best choice for you, you need to really take a look at your needs and budget. For example, if you have a small lawn and are physically capable of moderate exercise then buying a riding lawnmower might not make sense. In this case, a rotary or reel mower might be a better choice. On medium sized lawns, a self-propelled lawn mower might be the best choice to make. Take a look at your lawn, estimate your desire for physical exertion and then you should be able to narrow your choice down between the reel mower, the rotary mower or the riding lawn mower.
Your choice isn’t complete when you finish narrowing your choice down. If you choose a rotary mower, you still need to choose between an electric and a gas powered lawn mower. Gas mowers are more powerful than their electric counterparts and don’t require extension cords. You can take them far from an outlet. Likewise with electric mowers, you don’t need to worry about gas cans and they start up with a switch, no pulling on a cord and hoping they start. Moreover, electric mowers have a smaller environmental footprint and generally are less noisy. The size of your yard and accessibility to power will be the deciding factor when choosing between an electric and a gas powered lawnmower.
Enjoying the Mow
Whichever lawn mower you choose to go with, you will experience the Zen that comes from being one with nature as you mow your lawn. You’ll be in touch with nature and feel that special feeling that you are taking care of your own piece of heaven. Moreover, you will have a lawn that is the envy of your neighbors and is a welcome sight to come home to every day.Continue reading →