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Riding Lawn Mowers Meet Advanced Technology: Coming to a Lawn Near You

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

A 2007 autoblog entry describes F1-inspired riding lawn mowers that feature a formula front wing, full race suspension, rear view mirrors, an LCD-mounted steering wheel. Yes--a bit of an overkill, but there are plenty of high-tech lawn mowers that can turn your once treacherous lawn work into a day at the beach.

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Lawn Mowers: We Don't Need No Stinking Gas

According to Ideal Bite, a site dedicated to eco-savvy living, 54 million Americans mow their lawns each weekend, using an estimated 800 million gallons of gas annually. Switching to battery-operated lawn mowers may be the answer. For example, envirOgardner boasts a cordless electric lawnmower that is push-button activated, is light enough for every homeowner, and emits 74 percent less noise pollution--not to mention zero fumes or emissions. Although it's design for small lawns, it's a step in the right direction in a hopelessly oil-driven civilization.

Riding Lawn Mowers Can Mulch Your Lawn and Make It Healthy

It's common knowledge that mulching your lawn makes it thicker and greener, with fewer weeds and disease. But adding homemade mulch to your lawn can be messy and tiresome. That's why Popular Mechanics highlighted a range of riding lawn mowers that do the mulching for you. Honda, Sears, and John Deere have outstanding models that covert from side discharge to mulching action with and without accessories.

Cut From the Front Porch

If you're idea of cutting your lawn is not cutting at all, this little piece of technology is for you. Wired Magazine reports that an exploding robotics industry has engineers marketing autonomous machines with blades at speeds up to 5,800 rpm. Developers say that these products offer pristinely-manicured lawns once available only via professional landscaper. And the best part is that they slide coolly past flower beds and gardens.

From Formula-1 inspired lawn mowers to riding lawn mowers that create mulch, your options for lawn mowers is almost limitless.

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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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