Want to get a beautiful lawn? Fertilizer, weeding, and adequate watering will do a lot, but it'll look its best if you mow it correctly. Regular mowing gives you the right texture and look and it reduces weed growth. Mowing at the correct height can even make your lawn more drought resistent. However, you need a good mower to take care of your lawn correctly. The wrong mower could do more harm than good, and you need to make sure you've got the right tools for the job. Mowing doesn't have to be an annoying chore, if you've got the right machine.
Don't make the mistake of thinking one lawn mower is as good as another. A small, inexpensive push-powered model might be fine for a small urban lot, but it won't get the job done if you have a large lawn. Riding mowers work very well for large flat areas, and provide a convenient way to cut your grass without all that pushing. Just don't choose only a riding lawn tractor if your property has some steep areas. Using a riding lawn mower on hills can very dangerous, and you have to do it correctly or substitute a push mower.
Remember to look at features and reliability, too. There's more to getting a good mower than just how much it costs. Find out what kind of reputation the mower manufacturer has. Do these mowers start every time? How much fuel do they use? What safety and convenience features are offered? Extras like bagging and mulching are great for many people, but there are a lot of core features you'll need to look at, too. If you can, try out a version of the mower you're thinking about buying. That'll help you tell how it handles and how heavy it is.
Budget is important, of course, but think about more than the purchase price. Consider what you'll be getting when you pay for a given lawn mower. Does the mower come with a good warranty? Find out what kind of customer service and repair services the manufacturer or retailer offers. After all, a cheap mower that breaks down quickly could end up costing a lot more over the course of its life than a more expensive mower that doesn't break, or a mower that's backed up by a quality warranty and good customer service. Take the time to check out every aspect of the deal, not just the obvious price factor.
Will you be buying a gasoline lawn mower or an electric one? For small lawns, especially in areas where noise and air pollution are a consideration, electric mowers can be a really good choice. They're quiet, lightweight, and easy to maneuver. They cost less to run, make little noise, and don't emit any greenhouse gases or particulates. They're not always great for larger lawns, however. Their power can be limited. Corded models have a range that's limited by the nearest outdoor outlet. That makes electric lawn mowers appropriate for small lawns only. They also may not have the power to handle tough or taller grass types.
Gasoline powered mowers are more powerful and have fewer limitations. They're the best choice if you live in the country or have a larger lawn than an electric can mow. All riding lawn mowers use gasoline, as electric power just isn't strong enough in most cases. Push reels are another option. They may seem old fashioned, but they're the most energy and fuel efficient option. They produce no pollution at all! Just remember that you may have to mow more regularly if you have a reel lawn mower, and that it's really only appropriate for smaller lawns. They can also be a problem for people with mobility issues.
Think about the composition of your lawn, as well. Some grasses do best when cut a little longer and are tougher. A lower power lawn mower won't do the job when it comes to keeping these types of lawns well-groomed. Grass type can also affect raking and mulching. Some types of lawn mower will cut grass into tiny pieces, so it falls to the ground and acts as mulch. These do best with less tough grass types and don't work as well if the grass you're cutting is very long. Bagger mowers can deal with pretty much any kind of grass, however, and will help you avoid raking.
Don't forget to consider who'll be doing the mowing. Many lawn mower manufacturers still assume the person taking care of the lawn is male and in good health. However, these people aren't the only ones who need to care for their lawns. Smaller people (including women), people with mobility issues, and teenagers helping with the chores might benefit from a lighter lawn mower or from using a riding mower. Some features won't be accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility, too. Don't fall into the trap of assuming that the default is going to work for you. The good news is that there are more kinds of mowers on the market than ever, so it's easier to find the perfect one for your situation.
If you're going to keep your lawn in good shape, you need a reliable lawn mower. That means taking the time to think about your lawn, your mowing habits and abilities, and what you really need out of a mower. The end result will be a great quality mower that does the jobs you need without a lot of expensive extras. Think hard, consider everything, and get a lawn mower that has what it takes - including a good warranty and service options. You'll be glad you did in the long run, and your lawn will thank you.