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Free Ride: Upgrading to a Riding Lawn Mower

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Riding lawn mowers have become commonplace for professional landscaping organizations. They also help homeowners reduce effort and time spent in keeping their lawns manicured. If you want to make your life and landscaping a lot easier with a riding lawn mower, here's a quick guide to your options.

Riding lawn mowers have kept pace with the automobile as far as options and styles. From sun shades to push-button ignition, Riding lawn mowers have benefited from advances in technology that make the laborious job of lawn maintenance a bit easier to deal with.

It's important to keep in mind that not all lawn mowers are the same. When it comes to prices and options, you can get just about anything, from basic models to the top of the line. Here are some of the essential features you should consider when you go shopping for riding lawn mowers.
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Riding Lawn Mowers: The Basics


  • Engine. The engines of riding lawn mowers are measured in horsepower. A 20-horsepower riding lawn mower should provide you with plenty of engine muscle for your lawn.
  • Blade. Blades come in a variety of sizes, although most blades are installed to fit particular models of riding lawn mowers. You can also choose a mulching blade, which will grind up clippings so that you don't have to empty a collection bag.
  • Accessories.   Here's where you can have some fun. Riding lawn mowers come with accessories such as sun shades, push-button ignition, cup holders, or even strap-on coolers.

Another important consideration when choosing lawn mowers is the type of lawn that you have. Some lawns are either too small or too steep for riding lawn mowers to operate efficiently and safely.

Lawn Considerations

  • Area. If you have less than an acre of lawn, spending big bucks on a riding mower may not be worth the investment.
  • Grade. Lawns with steep hills or uneven ground might cause problems for riding lawn mowers, such as traction and cutting surface.


If you've got a lot of lawn, riding lawn mowers are wonderful for saving time and effort. A trip to your local home and garden center will provide you with several styles to choose from.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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