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How to Pick a Lawn Mower

Learn how to pick a lawn mower from landscape architect Patrick Weisel in this Howcast video.


Occasionally I get asked how to choose a lawn mower. What kind of lawn mower should I buy? Well there's a lot of different kinds of lawn mowers out there. There's electric mowers. There's gas mowers. There's self propelled mowers. There's push mowers. There's even riding mowers. The first thing I would suggest to you is to assess how much grass do you have and how big of a machine do you need. I would buy the minimum machine that will get the job done. If you have a small patch in the front of your house that only needs several swipes and you can do it in 15 minutes then you might want to consider an electric mower if you have access to an electrical socket. That way you'll avoid the fumes of the mower and bothering your neighbors with the noise. But most of you will have a little more turf and you'll want to consider a gas mower.

Now push behind or walk behind mowers, there's two different varieties. There's the kind that you have to push along and there's self propelled. If you're not very strong or you're not very energetic then you might want to consider spending a little more and investing in a self propelled mower. If not, then just buy a push mower and you can get the job done just as well. Also if you have a very big lawn then you'll definitely want to consider a self propelled mower, one that has a wide cutting swath as opposed to a narrow swath. But you'll especially want to consider maybe purchasing a riding mower. A riding mower is a lot of fun and it will save you a lot of energy and it gets the job done quicker. So remember, when you're choosing a mower, don't chose more than you need. If you have a small spot, choose a small simple mower. If you have a big lawn then you'll want to consider a self propelled or a riding mower.

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