A new lawnmower can seem like a daunting prospect if you’re not the most green-fingered of individuals, but we’ve put together this quick guide to help make the process that little bit easier.
Know Your Lawn
Length of Grass
First of all, we need to think about what type of grass you’re going to be dealing with. If it’s a lawn that you never let get too long, you’ll probably be ok with a cylinder mower, which has a cylinder of revolving blades which cut against a fixed bottom blade.
However, if you’re going to be dealing with longer grass and need something a little more versatile, then you’ll want to turn to something such as a rotary mower.
These mowers have a bit more force, but they aren’t as precise, although if your grass if a little bit longer and more uneven, then this probably won’t be an issue.
Size of Lawn
You’ll also want to consider the size of the lawn that you’ll be mowing. Tennis courts are often used as a reference point for gardens, with a garden the size of about half a court being considered small, ones up to three-quarters of a court being medium and ones up to one and a half courts being large.
For smaller lawns, you’ll probably just want a lightweight, electric mower that’s easy to use, but as you start to get toward larger lawns, a more powerful petrol engine mower is more suitable, especially as it isn’t restricted by a cable either.
In terms of powering your mower, you’ve got two main options, electric or petrol.
Electric mowers are usually much more lightweight and a lot more eco-friendly too. If you’re using one which is plugged into the mains then you’re still restricted by a cable, but you can also get battery-powered versions, which you can use with no cable, which is a huge advantage.
Blaupunkt Tools specialise in electric garden equipment and they say: “Electric lawn mowers are more popular than ever, as they’re not only extremely easy to use, the electric motor is also really quiet too, and best of all, they’re cheap to buy and run.”
The obvious advantage of petrol mowers is that they are much more powerful than their electric equivalents, so they’re ideal for tackling bigger and more challenging gardens.
However, they’re also a lot bigger, making them harder to store and they also take a bit more maintenance too.
A wider cutting width means that you’ll get your grass cut quicker, as not only will you cover more ground, but you’ll have to stop less often to empty the grass collector. On the other hand, a larger mower will be harder work to push around the garden and will also be more expensive.
Some mowers will also have a grass collector fixed to their rear which can cut and recut the mowings and drop them to the ground to return nutrients to the soil, which also saves you the time and effort of emptying the collector.
There are even mowers which take all of the hard work out of mowing your grass for you, with self-propelled models which push themselves along and require much less effort to use. This is obviously ideal for larger gardens or those with slopes. Find out how self-propelled mowers work in this article from The Spruce.
Now that you’ve got a bit of a better idea of the different types of lawnmower, check out this roundup of ten of the best from the Independent.