Spring has officially started, which means that your lawn will definitely need a little care in a short time.
In fact, this is the right time to reseed the grass where it has thinned out, fertilize and water if the drought gets too long.
But above all it is also the time when you start cutting the grass again, which will certainly have grown quite a bit with the impetus of the summer season! If you have doubts about choosing the most suitable lawn mower for your needs, but even if you are simply trying to justify the cost of the upgrade, keep reading.
THE CHOICE OF LAWNMOWER
Your personal preferences and the budget you can draw on play a key role when it comes to buying a lawnmower.
Mowing the lawn is considered by some people as a kind of training or therapeutic pastime… but while for some people pushing a lawnmower for two hours may not be a problem, for others it is a thankless task to complete as quickly as possible.
In any case, whether you like it or not, the grass has to be mowed, so let’s see together which one is the type that best suits your needs and your degree of enthusiasm in this homely task. First of all, we must focus on the fact that lawn mowers differ from each other mainly based on three different factors: the size of the lawn, the level of the ground (flat or hilly) and the number and type of obstacles (trees, hedges, flowerbeds, walls, etc.). Before you venture into any purchase, you will need to carefully assess the condition of your lawn or garden and choose accordingly.
Here is a guide on the various types of lawn mowers that you can find on the market and some tips that will help you to carry out this activity in the best possible way.
PUSH MOWERS: IDEAL FOR SMALL LAWNS
Cutting the grass of a small plot of land, let’s say less than 50 square meters, can be easily managed even using a simple manual mower. Of course, you’ll have to move a bit faster to activate the blades correctly, since it is a device without a motor, but it certainly has the advantage of requiring very low maintenance and the highest level of eco-compatibility. In addition, a manual lawnmower also allows vertical storage against the wall with a considerable saving of space. The motorized push mowers are usually the type that goes for the most. They are certainly the most widespread in the world because they combine the push mode with the help of the motor.
With proper maintenance, these two-stroke mowers can run for years and cut kilometers of lawn. But in addition to the width of the lawn in question, there are also a couple of other important features that you should certainly take into account if you want to buy the ideal lawnmower, such as the feeding mode and the type of mowing done.
PETROL OR ELECTRIC LAWNMOWER?
A not at all marginal choice that you will have to face when choosing the lawnmower is the type of power you want to use. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both. Petrol mowers certainly offer a longer life span and are characterized by greater grit than those that run on electricity, but they can be messy and require more maintenance than their electric counterparts. On the other hand, electric mowers can be corded or cordless.
They are much cleaner and easier to use than gasoline mowers, but unless they have two batteries, there is always the possibility that the range will run out too soon, preventing you from finishing the job. Also, with a rope model you will obviously be limited by the length of the cable, which can be a big hassle in addition to the fatigue of mowing.
THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CUTTING
It may seem trivial to you, but know that lawnmowers do not all follow the exact same cutting method. In fact, they can be designed with three different types of mowing: side discharge, mulching and bagging.
The side discharge is designed to distribute the cuttings on the lawn; the mulch cuts the grass into very fine pieces, which when chopped up release their very useful nutrients into the soil; while finally the bagging collects the mown grass in an attached bag, which can easily be emptied and disposed of with construction waste. Most lawn mowers you can find on the market are equipped with only one of the three modes, but there are also some models that offer all three mowing options in one.
CHOOSING A LAWN TRACTOR
If what you’re looking for is a quality, high-performance product, the mowers represent a big step forward and offer more powerful motors and wider cutting bridges.
Some offer power take-off (PTO) features that allow you to attach attach attachments such as spreaders, aerators or snowploughs to your tractor. Advanced features to look for include four-wheel steering, front headlights, high-back seats, 12-volt power take-offs and cruise control. This is a high-end item, which is worth buying to handle large extensions, parks, but is also suitable for gardens of a certain size.
THE ROBOT LAWNMOWER
If you don’t have time to dedicate yourself to grass cutting, you can always rely on the efficiency of a robot lawn mower, modern automatic devices programmed to keep the grass of your garden well mown and cared for, giving you more free time for your leisure activities. I don’t want to dwell too long, we all know them, because these robots have now entered the homes of many Italians, becoming valid allies in carrying out all kinds of domestic tasks both indoors and outdoors. There are many types of robots, some of them also equipped with grass clipping features on slopes, as well as latest generation sensors for overcoming obstacles and programming of predetermined routes.
Have you cleared your mind? In conclusion, before buying a mower, you have to think carefully about the characteristics of the terrain in question and check carefully which is the most suitable for your needs, so as to buy the perfect product, able to make you do a job that will give you excellent results and a lot of satisfaction.