Maureen Roberts' Blog
Most fundamental of yard work chores is the mowing of the lawn. Whether you enjoy yard work or just want to get it done quickly, the right tools will make the job go smoothly.
Push lawn mower type
There are three types of push lawn mowers that you can use. Manual reel mower, electrically powered push mower, and gas-powered push mower. Choosing the kind of push lawn mower that you will need can be determined by several factors: your lawn size and level (is it flat or uneven). A lawn size that is less than a ½ acre is ideal for using a push lawn mower.
A manual reel mower is best for small lawn patch sizes that are flat and under 500 square feet. These mowers are quiet, environmentally friendly, low maintenance, and good for the health of the lawn. They require greater diligence in keeping a regular mowing schedule. It can be difficult to cut an overgrown yard with a manual reel mower.
The electrically powered push mower is ideal for small to medium flat lawns that are under 1/3 acre. They are environmentally friendly and quiet. Electric mowers can be corded or cordless. The cordless electric mower is limited to the charge on the battery. With a corded electric mower, you are restricted by the length of the power cord. Even though these mowers are powered, it can still be challenging to mow an overgrown lawn.
Gas-powered push mower can be used for any lawn size and level. Gas mowers have a longer runtime and offer more power. They can be messy, require maintenance, and they are loud. Oil and gas levels will need to be checked and refilled often. With a gas powered mower, an overgrown lawn is more manageable to mow, and a regular mowing schedule is not as important.
Push or self-propelled
Self-propelled lawn mower provides more assistance on uneven lawns but can be heavier and difficult to maneuver. With a self-propelled lawn mower, the job can get done faster with less effort. A non-propelled lawn mower will take more physical effort to operate.
Push lawn mowers deal with grass clippings in one of three ways side discharge, mulching, and bagging. Side discharge the clippings are distributed back onto the lawn. Mulching cuts the clippings into very fine pieces which helps it to breakdown into nutrients for the soil. Bagging collects the cuttings into a bag that can be emptied into a yard waste bin or compost pile.
Visit the local hardware home improvement store and take a look at the options in the lawn and garden section.