A lawn mower is an investment. It is an important equipment that you can use to maintain and have your lawn clean and well kept. To get the best value for your money when buying a lawn mower, you first need to determine which type of lawn mower is best to use for your garden and not just choose any lawn mower that looks good on display.
Choose a hover mower if you have a little space to mow. This type of mower is pretty easy to push and propel. The blade can glide over the turf and the edges move sideways, backwards and forwards. You can quickly finish mowing as you will probably not find it difficult to work on borders and beds with a hover. In addition, a hover can be used with ease on lawns that are bumpy, on grass that are rough and overgrown. Compared to other mowers, hover will require only a little space for storage. Some hovers have no collection box for clippings. So if you are mowing overgrown turf, you need to rake up the clippings immediately or mow regularly to avoid piling of too much clippings on the ground.
Choose a rotary mower if you have a large lawn area free of obstruction. It is also ideal for use on lawns with fescue, bluegrass and similar types of grass. You can use this type of mower efficiently on longer grasses with the easily adjustable blades. However, you may find that the wheels of the rotary mower is not easy to use on lawn edges. Rotary mowers that are run on petrol fuels are the most powerful models. Bigger models of Rotary mowers may be more affordable than cylinder counterparts.
Choose cylinder mower if you have a vast lawn to mow. Also if you want to attain the cleanest cut of grass, the cylinder mower is what you should choose. If your garden has bent or Bermuda grass, a gas-fueled cylinder mower is best to use. It can cut closely to the surface so a totally manicured lawn is achieved. Cylinder mowers are however expensive and would not satisfactory work on too long turfs. Yet cylinder mowers are safer than rotary and hover mowers.
Other useful tips when purchasing lawn mowers are:
- Determine the contours of your lawn and also the types of grass that are on your lawn. There are many lawn mowers that are specifically needed for certain grass types and lawn conditions. If the lawn is shady, the grass may be of wet variety so you need a lawn mower with blades designed to be used on wet turfs.
- If there are trees, plants and bushes in the lawn where you need to move around, choose a lawn mower with good maneuverability.
- If you do not wish to rake your grass clippings, a good choice for a mower is the mulching type of mower. It cuts the grass into very fine particles that you can just allow them to stay on the soil for composting.