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Lawn Mowers 101: The Tools of the Trade

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

For the true lawn lover, nothing can take the place of a good mower. There's just some kind of connection between man and machine that was made in landscape heaven. And as technology and lawn mowers meet, there are so many more options for the consumer to consider when shopping.
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If you've ever found yourself standing in the middle of a home and garden center pondering the options on a wide selection of lawn mowers, you know how frustrating the decision making process can be. Horsepower, blade length, catching or mulching; the list of features goes on and on. But if you face the issue backwards, that is to say considering your lawn before considering mowers, the solution presents itself. Here are some aspects of your property you should keep in mind when deciding between lawn mowers.

Lawn Considerations for Selecting Mowers

  • Slope and Grade. The slope and grade of a lawn (i.e. the level of the land) will dictate selecting manual (push) or powered lawn mowers.
  • Total Area. For smaller lawns, push mowers work just fine. Riding lawn mowers are perfect for homeowners with over an acre of land.
  • Physical Condition. All lawn mowers are not for everyone. Those who have physical limitations will definitely want motorized machines.

If the thought of battling traditional gas-guzzling lawn mowers in the heat of the day is uninviting to you, there are a variety of options that will fit your needs. Here are some of the more popular lawn mowers that are good alternatives.

Popular Lawn Mowers

  • High-Wheel Lawn Mowers. If you have to push a mower up a hill, high-wheel lawn mowers make the job infinitely easier.
  • Cordless Mulching Lawn Mowers. Cordless mulching lawn mowers feature electric power and no bagging. Perfection!
  • Reel Lawn Mowers. Reel lawn mowers take it back to the good old days, with a technological twist. These manual mowers are making a comeback.

The next time you're at your local home and garden center, check out the latest line of alternative lawn mowers for your yard maintenance tasks.

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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