There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh-cut grass in the summertime – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Behind every freshly cut lawn is a lawn mower, and they don’t pick themselves. That job is up to you! Before you start shopping, you need to take a good look at your yard. Once you know what you’re working with, picking the right mower will come naturally. You should take note of your yard’s size, any mowing obstacles – tight corners, landscaping, etc. – your grass’s thickness, and if your yard is flat or hilly.
Reel mowers are as basic as it gets. The only source of energy operating these mowing machines is you. Unless you’re up for an intense workout, reel mowers are best for small, flat yards that don’t have any obstacles. Small yards are generally categorized as being less than 10,000 square feet – about a quarter of an acre. Although reel mowers are environmentally friendly and run quietly, they only make sense for small green spaces.
Walk-behind mowers, also called push mowers, are the most common type of mower out there. There’re a variety of walk-behind mowers, so once you decide a walk behind mower is right for you, it’ll be time to explore the different energy source options and blade sizes to see what best suits your yard. Walk-behind lawn mowers are ideal for yards under the 1/2 or 3/4-acre mark.
Riding Lawn Mower
Riding lawn mowers are the best option for any yard over 3/4 of an acre. These easy-to-operate mowers require minimum effort from you. They handle hills and rough terrain without a hitch. Like walk-behind mowers, there’re riding mowers with different size blades available. Blade width depends on your lawn size and how many obstacles you’ll have to mow around.
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