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How to Choose the Right Lawnmower

2017-01-18

While fertilizer, water and weed control will do wonders for growing a lush lawn, proper mowing will improve the vitality and appearance even more. You should get suitable mowing techniques to assist you reduce weeds and improve the unity and texture of your lawn. But before you go rushing off to buy a new mower, it is important to do your research on the best mower for your lawn.

You should think about some vital tips when you want to buy a new lawnmower. Anyone who has ever fought with a stubborn mower will tell you that not only is it important to take into account such things as power, cost, and safety features, but you also want to consider the weight of the mower, how difficult or easy it is to start, and the tool's handling and maneuverability.

Push Reel Lawnmowers

If you have a little yard and want an environmentally friendly mower, push reel lawnmower will be an ideal choice. Cutting with a scissor-like action, push reel mowers work with rotating blades which move over a single stationary blade. While they are easy on the wallet and easy on the ozone layer, they can be problematic if you have a large lawn, lots of hills, rocky soil or a bad back.

Mulching Mowers

For years, mowing the lawn meant not only cutting the grass, but also spending a good portion of your time raking and disposing of the cuttings. Fortunately, this has become a thing of the past--many modern mowers have attachable bags or, even better, you may wish to invest in a mulching mower. Mulching mowers not only eliminate the need for raking and disposing of lawn waste, but also fertilize the lawn by adding valuable nutrients when clippings are cut up so fine that they are absorbed back into the lawn.

Gas-Powered Reel Mower

For those with large lawns, with grass that is best kept at lengths of 2 inches or less, a gas-powered reel mower is ideal. This works well on grasses such as Bermuda or any kind of bent grass or can also be beneficial in cases where lawns are cut in decorative patterns. In addition, if you want to deal with a lot of trees, flowerbeds or hills, you may choose a gas-powered reel mower.

Some tips to avoid injuries when riding lawnmower

l Use the right kind of mower. Select a mower that is right for the job and is large enough to do it properly.

l Wear goggles , long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes

l Wear protective gloves when servicing your mower

l Never service your mower while it is running

l Operate your mower up and down a slope (not sideways) to maintain stability

Lawn Mower Maintenance

Gas Tank

If your mower has been sitting for over a few weeks, it's best to start with fresh gas. Preferably before you put it to sleep each fall, you should drain or run all remaining gas from it, but if you forgot, go ahead and get it out now so you can start out with clean fuel.

Oil

Check your oil and add more if necessary. If there's any debris in it or it's dark black in color, you'll need to drain and replace it. To do this, remove the drain plug under the mower and allow it to completely drain out. See your owner's manual for more tips, as well as for what type of oil you should replace it with.

Cleanup

This is the time that you'll want to drag out the hose and clean the undercarriage out well. Before you do so, disconnect the spark plug. You can use a wire brush or stick to scrape out any debris that's caked on. And you should also clean the discharge chute.

Blade

Being careful to not run over large objects will help your blade last longer, but sharpening it each season is still recommended to keep it cutting as it should. Sharpening it yourself isn't that easy, so it's best to take it in for a small fee to a local lawn mower repair shop and have it done. Keep the blade number (model, etc.) written down somewhere in case you do need to replace it. This way you can easily order it from the Garden Shredder manufacturer if needed.