If you care for your own lawn and yard, you are going to need a good lawnmower that will be easy for you to use, and very effective for your needs. When you buy a lawnmower you should take into account the size of your lawn and what kind of cut it requires.
If you have a small area of lawn then a manual lawnmower will be enough but if you have a larger area of lawn you should buy a powered one. Powered mowers can be cylinder, rotary, or hover.
Cylinder mowers are good for the finest cut, rotary ones are good for long and over-grown grass, and hover mowers are best for irregular lawns. As grass need to be cut more closely in summer than in winter you should check that the height of cut is easily adjustable.
There are also different types of mowers that provide extra options. A mulching one for example chops grass finely and discharges the clippings close to the soil surface for rapid decomposition and soil nourishment.
A lawn mower with a grass collector will provide a fine finish without loose grass. These types of lawnmowers are relatively cheap, quiet, with no cables and need very little maintenance.
There are two types of manual lawnmowers: driven by wheels at the side, or operated by a chain drive from a heavy rear roller. A side-wheel mower is easy to push but will be awkward at the edges of the lawn.
There are two basic types of powered lawnmowers: cylinder and rotary, or hover. They can run on petrol, electricity, or rechargeable battery.
For large areas you should consider ride-on or tractor-hauled models. Cylinder ones are self-propelled or have a powered blade.
Most have a rear roller which is essential if you want a lawn with striped pattern and the heavier the roller the more pronounced will be the stripe. Petrol-driven cylinders often have broader cutting widths than electric ones which reduce the cutting time but makes them more difficult to maneuver.
Rotary and hover machines have replaceable metal or plastic blades that cut the grass with a scissor-like motion as they rotate horizontally. The difference between these two is that rotaries have wheels while hovers ride on a cushion of air.
For fine lawns, you should buy a rotary that is fitted with rollers. The disadvantage for rotaries or hovers is that they cannot cut the grass very low but they suit better than cylinder mowers for uneven sites or with long grass.
If you have to choose what power source should your mower use than you must know that batteries and electricity ones are more convenient and cleaner than petrol ones but they are not suitable for powerful engines. Battery machines need a power outlet for recharging the batteries.
The electric ones need access to a power supply and petrol lawnmowers are not hampered by cables but are more expensive to buy and maintain. Electric machines should not be used on wet grass.
Always keep your lawnmowers in good shape for working efficiently. After use always clean the engine and the blades, check the blades to see if they are sharp enough and replace blunt ones.
Oil and lubricate regularly, service yearly. For petrol pieces clean the filters and air intakes regularly, check the oil level periodically on four-stroke engines, and before you store the piece, drain the petrol tank.
For maintaining a healthy and attractive lawn you will need a number of other tools beside the lawnmowers. There are manual tools, adequate for most lawns and powered tools that are suitable for large areas because they are faster and less tiring to use.
A neat, well-defined edge provides the perfect finishing touch to a well-mown lawn and emphasizes the lawn’s shape and outline. There two main lawn edging tools: half-moon edger and long-handled shear.
For long-handled shears, shafts are wooden, steel, or plastic-coated steel. They are all strong and you can choose any of them according to your personal preference.
Half-moon edger is used with a rocking motion to cut away worn or uneven lawn edges and to remove small areas of turf for repair. Long-handled edging shears are used for trimming overhanging grass around the lawn edge.
You can also use some powered edging machines and certain nylon-line trimmers for this job. With these two tools you can keep your lawn as beautiful as a model home.
Tom Selwick has worked the past 22 years in the lawn care industry. He suggests usingLawn Service Alpharetta for a quality lawn.
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