How to Choose a Lawn Mower. Choosing the right lawn mower can simplify lawn mowing and keep the grass looking healthy. Compare features and cost, but also be sure you understand what type of mower is best for your yard. If you have a very big yard or if you're just a very lazy person, a motor driven lawn mower is probably the way to go.
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- Electric Mulching Mowers
- Riding Mowers
- Gas-powered Mowers
- Push Reel Mowers
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Compare weight, power, cost, safety features, ease of starting, handling and maneuverability, and ease of clipping disposal.
Select a push reel mower (cuts with a scissor-like action of rotating blades passing over a stationary knife) if you have a small lawn.
Choose a gas- or electric-powered rotary mower (cuts with a circular blade that rotates under a protective housing) if you have a large lawn made of grasses such as bluegrass and fescue that don't need to be cut shorter than 2 inches high.
Choose a mulching mower if you don't want to deal with clippings. Mulching mowers cut clippings very small so that they disappear into the lawn.
Choose a gas-powered reel mower if you have a large lawn made of grasses such as Bermuda or bent grass that need to be cut shorter than 2 inches high.
Select a self-propelled mower if you have a hilly yard or a large lawn.
Choose a riding lawn mower if you have a really big lawn.