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Things to consider when buying a lawn mower

Looking to buy a walk behind lawn mower? The first things to consider are the size of your lawn and the way you want to cut it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing between a push and self-propelled lawn mower.

Every ¼ acre of lawn you mow means a walk of one to two miles. Self-propelled mowers ease the strain of mowing medium to large lawns. You also need to identify the type of cutting system you need based on the type of lawn you have and how often you mow it. Options include:

  • Rear and side discharge is ideal for taller, wilder grass, coarser grass types and seldom-cut lawns.

  • Mulching works well if you mow often and want a pristine lawn. The finely chopped grass clippings fertilize the lawn and help make it more drought resistant.

  • Collection gives tidy results and saves time, eliminating the need to rake clippings after you've finished cutting. It can also be used for clearing leaves in the fall. In addition, collection is a good idea if you want to avoid allergic reactions to grass, and decrease the spreading of weed seeds.

  • All-wheel drive walk mowers allows you to easily handle hills, thick grass and tough terrain.

Picking the best lawn mower for your needs:

  1. If your lawn has hills and uneven terrain, it is recommended that you buy an all-wheel drive self-propelled model.
  2. If your lawn is medium-sized to large and relatively flat, it is recommended that you buy a self-propelled model.
  3. If your lawn is medium-sized and you prefer some extra exercise while mowing, you might consider a push lawn mower.
  4. If your lawn is very small, you might consider a manual or reel mower that uses no fuel or oil, and creates no emissions or noise. 
  5. If you aren’t certain which cutting system suits your lawn and your mowing habits best, you should choose a mower that handles several cutting systems: ejection, collection and BioClip® (mulching).
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