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Which lawnmower should I choose?

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It sounds like an easy question but there are many important factors to consider before making your choice. The best lawnmower for you and your garden is not as simple as you might think. The wrong one could seriously compromise the quality of your lawn.

In this post, I will help to guide you and answer the question, “Which lawnmower should I choose?”

Types of lawnmowers

Before making a decision, it is important to understand the options available.

  • Electric

The benefit of electric lawnmowers is that they are light and easy to operate. Electric lawnmowers need very little maintenance and are relatively quiet. The downside is that you need to be near an electrical outlet and you need to take care not to run over the power cable. 

The other issue is that they do not have the greatest power. Long grass, wet grass, and thick tough grass might be tricky to mow with an electric lawnmower. 

They are best for small gardens that are mowed frequently. 

  • Electric cordless

Another option is a cordless electric lawnmower. These will eliminate the stress of cables. The issue is that they have even less power and the charge does not last all that long. For very small gardens, they are an option to consider. 

  • Robotic lawnmowers

These are a fairly recent innovation. If set up correctly they are OK for small gardens with fairly straight lines. They are convenient but do not do a perfect job. 

  • Petrol

If you want power and efficiency it is hard to beat a petrol lawnmower. They are strong, durable, and can handle any conditions. If your grass has been left for a while or is wet, a petrol lawnmower will not have a problem. Long thick grass and banks are no challenge with petrol lawnmowers. 

Factors to consider

Here are a few important issues to think about before you make your choice. 

  • Size of garden

The most important factor to consider when deciding on the best lawnmower for your garden is the size of the lawn. If you have a large garden with lots of grass, a petrol model is probably the best option. If your garden is compact and you have less lawn, you could look at an electric option. 

For larger gardens, you also want to consider the mowing width as this will determine how long the job will take. 

The shape, gradient, and type of grass are also important. 

  • Cutting frequency

If you occasionally do not get around to mowing as often as you would like, something that happens to all of us, a petrol lawnmower might be a better option. Electric lawnmowers are excellent for small lawns that are mowed often. If the grass has been left for a while, they might battle to cut the long grass. 

  • Features

Not all lawnmowers have the same features. If you are looking for a model that mulches or makes stripes on the lawn, be sure to invest in a lawnmower that has these features. 

Adjustable mowing height is also important if you want a perfectly manicured lawn. There are times you need to cut very low and other times when it is bust to raise the mowing height. 

You also want to give some thought to the size of the grass box. A larger one will mean fewer trips to empty it although a full box will slow you down a bit. 

  • Durability

Even a  budget lawnmower is a fair investment. You do not want something that will fall apart after a season or two. Look for a robust lawnmower that is well made from quality materials. A good lawnmower should last many years. 

  • Budget

Affordability has to be considered. It is pointless investing in a lawnmower that will not get the job done right. Rather spend a bit more to find a quality model that will suit your garden and your needs. The better ones will give you many years of service. 

At the same time, there is no point in spending too much and investing in features that you will not use.  

Final thoughts

Take the time to think about your mowing needs before parting with your money. Invest in the option that will work best for your garden. 

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