The mornings are getting lighter, and daffodils are poking up through the soil, so many people’s thoughts inevitably turn to getting out the lawnmower to give the lawn a good going-over. The winter may have not been kind to your old machine, or a new lawnmower may well be overdue in your shed. Let’s take a look at three key aspects you need to consider when selecting a new mower.
How big is your lawn?
It’s a simple question on the surface, but the size of the lawn you are going to mow dictates the cutting width you should use and must be considered. Each individual mower will have a recommended average lawn size from the manufacturer.
A lawnmower that is designed for an average-sized domestic lawn is not going to be suited to a much larger area. It is estimated that every 1,000 square meters of lawn entails a 2-3km walk when mowing.
How should it be powered?
Electric mowers are generally fairly quiet and have no exhaust emissions. They do, however, come with the issue of the cable, which can cause problems in gardens that are more generously proportioned.
Cordless mowers retain the noise and emissions benefits of electric mowers but remove the ties of the cable. The trade-off is a limited battery life, which is not suited to larger areas.
Petrol mowers have great power and are well suited to large lawns, but they are noisy and have exhaust gases.
If you are confident with a tool kit, you may want to attempt to repair your old lawnmower rather than buying new. According to This is Money, many lawnmower-related issues could cost very little to repair, saving around £100 on a service. If your lawnmower is a Mountfield spares are available; see https://www.diyspareparts.com/parts/mountfield/ for more information.
Collecting the grass
How you want to deal with the grass cuttings is the final consideration here. For smaller spaces, lawnmowers that collect the grass are ideal, allowing you to then transfer cuttings to a compost bin.
Some mowers have a mulching blade to chop clippings finely before spraying them back out into the lawn. These clippings then become natural fertilisers to the grass, helping provide a full and healthy-looking lawn by returning nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil.