Malene S. Lund Riding Mowers June 05th, 2018 - 13:22:18
Not too long ago I was at a local hardware store and overheard another customer talking to an employee about buying a new lawnmower for her husband. That is when it hit me not everyone knows how to buy a lawn mower. So I decided I was going to write a simple-to-read buying guide that was easy to follow but still informative enough that almost anyone can buy a mower that meets their needs. The first thing that needs to be told in this buying guide is not all lawn mowers are created equal. With this being said you need to understand that a cheap model is likely going to have a hard time cutting grass in a terrain that is not flat.
The easiest way to mulch your lawn is to use the very grass clippings produced when you mow. As the clippings decompose they return valuable nutrients to the soil including nitrogen which contributes to a bright green color. The clippings need to be small enough so that they break down quickly and they must be spread evenly throughout your lawn. Mulching will also save you time as you will not need to water or fertilize as often and you will no longer need to rake clippings after mowing. Because the clippings need to be of a small size to mulch your lawn with its own clippings you will need to either mow very frequently or invest in a mulching lawn mower.
Most home owners with electric lawn mowers say the primary reason for choosing electric was environmental consciousness. Experts say that mowing your lawn for about an hour with a regular gas powered mower causes more air pollution than driving a car for 150 miles. Electric mowers use substantially less energy to operate so there is much less drain on the environment. Another benefit to having an electric lawn mower versus gas run is that you wont have to worry about pulling away on a cord to get it started. Electric mowers are turned on with the push of a button.
The starting mechanism varies but normally requires no more than the pulling of a handle to start. There are none of the reliability problems that have come to be associated with starting gas mowers. Another issue relates to emissions. Although the engines of gas powered lawn mowers may be relatively small compared with those of cars they are responsible for significant pollution. In fact some studies suggest that using a gas powered mower for an hour is equivalent to driving for 100 miles in terms of the emissions produced. Cordless lawn mowers do not produce any emissions directly but of course cannot be considered to emission free as the power station producing the electricity to charge it will produce some emissions. Overall however the net contribution to pollution is smaller. Overall unless you have a very large area to mow I think that cordless lawn mowers offer considerable advantages over their gas powered counterparts and should be a consideration for anyone in the market for a new mower.