When buying a walk behind lawn mower, the first things to consider are the size of the lawn and the way you want to cut. Consider a push mower or front wheel drive for smaller lawns and rear wheel drive for larger lawns. Rear wheel drive is also better suited for hillier yards.
Remember that every 1/4 acre of lawn you mow means a walk of one to two miles. This means that self-propelled mowers become interesting options. The choice of cutting system is determined by the type of lawn and how often you mow it. Side ejection can handle taller, wilder, coarser grass types and seldom-cut lawns.
The mulching method is ideal if you demand first-rate results and if you mow often. The finely-chopped grass cuttings fertilise the lawn and make it more drought resistant.
Lawnmowers with collection give tidy results and save time since you don't need to rake clippings after you've finished cutting. You can also use collection for leaves when the autumn comes. Collection is also a good idea if you want to avoid allergic reactions to grass, and decrease the spreading of weed seeds.
Things to keep in mind when buying a lawnmower:
- Decide the best drive system based on your lawn’s area and terrain.
- If your lawn area is medium-sized to large it is recommended that you buy a self-propelled model.
- If your lawn is medium-sized and you prefer some extra exercise while mowing, you might consider a push lawnmower.
- If your lawn is small, you might consider a manual reel lawnmower which is free from emissions and saves your neighbors from noise.
- If you aren’t certain about which cutting system best suits your lawn and your mowing habits, you should choose a mower that handles several cutting systems: ejection, collection and mulching.