If you’re renting a home with a front yard, you have things easier than your peers because yard care is the responsibility of your landlord or property manager. If you’re a homeowner yourself, however, you’re in for some serious maintenance work. On that end, you only have two options to choose from: hire professional help or do it yourself. If you choose the latter, choosing the right lawn mower will be necessary unless you have a generous neighbor willing to lend you his.
To begin the journey to picking your new mower, you’ll need to strongly consider how you’ll mow your lawn in the first place. Will you walk behind your mower or ride it? According to Consumer Reports, owning a lawn that’s bigger than a half-acre (approximately 220 by 100 feet) means that a ride-on mower is more applicable. Such mowers have a seat and an array of controls for the operator to steer the machine, and are also recommended if the lawn doesn’t have too many obstacles around such as trees. If your lawn isn’t as sizeable, a walk-behind lawn mower is your most obvious bet.
A mower’s power source is also an important factor to consider, since it affects its portability and how much effort you’ll exert to properly use it. For instance, a hand-push mower necessarily means you’ll be doing a good bulk of the work. Other mowers come powered by gas—these ones are typically touted for their efficiency, durability and overall mowing power if properly maintained. There are also battery-powered ones without cords, or units which are powered by electrical cords entirely1. Their pros and cons are somewhat self-explanatory.
If you’re looking for a product backed by hordes of believers, though, go no further than walk-behind mowers. These types of mowers have been a favorite among many Americans for so long—with adequate maintenance, these mowers can serve for years and handily cut lawns without a hitch. You have a good selection of walk-behind mowers like the Toro lawn mower series offered by companies like Denny’s Lawn & Garden Power Equipment.
Lastly, bigger patches require a serious amount of horsepower to properly maintain. For that, you can choose riding mowers for your maintenance requirements—a good choice on your part if your sizeable lawn takes more than two hours to completely tend to. Riding mowers are powered by a rear-mounted motor, and while they provide no better than basics in driving comfort, they sure allow you the convenience of mowing your lawn in less time.
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