Choosing the right mower for your lawn is key to getting it looking great. With so many different options, it can be tricky to figure out which one will work best for you.
There are some things for you to consider when choosing your mower. Once you have answered the following questions, you can proceed to deciding which type of mower will work best for your lawn.
- What sort of access do you have to your garden?
- Do you have flower beds or other obstacles to cut around?
- How often does your lawn require cutting?
- Do you fancy a striped effect in your grass?
- How big is your lawn?
- Is your lawn flat or sloped?
- Does your lawn have an uneven surface, hollows or any sharp bumps?
Rotary mowers are a popular choice for domestic use. They are simple in design, using only one blade which cuts horizontally. If you’ve got an uneven lawn with long grass a rotary mower will work best. The grass clippings can be collected in a removable box or left to fly if they are dry.
For a striping effect a rotary mower with a rear roller will work.
Rotary mowers also come in ride-on versions for cutting larger areas.
Unlike rotary mowers, cylinder mowers cut grass in a scissor like way. There is one fixed blade whilst a cylinder of 5-10 blades rotate at high speed and the grass is cut between the two.
Cylinder mowers are ideal for fine grass that needs to be cut frequently. They are not suitable for rough or uneven lawns with longer grass.
A rear roller attachment will allow for cylinder mowers to create the striped effect.
Cylinder mowers also tend to be self-propelled which can make the process a bit easier.
A hover mower is a variation on the rotary. Its rotating blade produces a cushion of air, which the mower rides on versus wheels.
A hover mower will prove useful if you’ve got an uneven lawn with difficult corners or angles.
Keep in mind that once a hoover mower is off it will need to be carried, rather than rolled to be stored.
So, depending on what type of lawn you have, this should help you decide which mower will work best for you this summer. You can also take a look at our how-to video where Matt offers tips for a healthy looking lawn and our 5 steps to a vibrant Garden and Home Exterior article for some extra guidance. After all, a happy lawn is the key to a happy home (Or at least it's a good start)
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