Choosing a Mower

It is often a confusing process when it comes down to selecting the right mower to fit you. There are many factors to take into account and many options for you to choose from. A well maintained lawn can be a beautiful relaxing place, but the key to proper lawn care is choosing the right equipment. The following guide will help you choose the mower that is right for you.

Lawn Mowers (Walk-Behind)

You know you need to get your grass cut but there are some things you should take into account before you pick your equipment. The size of your lawn is one of the largest factors to take into account. A large lawn would dictate more time needed to cut the grass. What is your environment like? It is important to decide weather or not noise or air pollution is a concern to you or your neighbors. Children in a neighborhood should be a concern as it is never safe to mow around kids.

Features such as 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 bagging mulching and discharge systems should be considered. Mulching your grass puts the clippings back in the soil as tiny pieces. Not only does this offer a free fertilizer, but it is easier and quicker than bagging. However using a bagging system is often a good option when your grass gets too long, or you don’t want any clippings left on your lawn. Having the option after you purchase is practical and convenient.

If your yard is large or hilly, a self propelled mower may be for you. Choose a self propelled that is right for your lawn by picking the proper horse power, deck size, and features such as speed control. Although push mowers have become increasingly easy to operate, a large or slopped yard could require an excessive workout. Push mowers have fewer parts to break down, are easier to use, and less expensive which make good solutions for fairly level and small lawns. If your yard is an acre or bigger, it is time for you to start considering a ride on lawn mower or garden tractor.

Riding Mowers or Tractors

Lawn and Garden tractors come with a wide array of features and specifications. Before you buy, you need to decide all of the features you may want to do with it besides cut grass such as accept attachments like power tillers or post-hole diggers making it more functional. Features such as cup holders, seat size, and transmission controls are little things that may make a large difference in the enjoyment of cutting the lawn.

The engine is the power behind every tractor. Engines on lawn and garden tractors can run up to 26 Horse Power; the larger the engine, the more power behind the tractor. A front cast iron axle is another feature to look for when selecting for strength and durability. Stamped steel axels work but are vulnerable to rust in the future. Wheel size and mower-deck size are two other big factors that should play into your decision. A larger deck will cut your grass faster while larger wheels with give you more range of use. Make sure the tractor you are selecting is equipped with all of the current safety needs. A seat shutoff switch and ROS system are two common things to look for.