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A beautiful lawn starts with the right mower. Mowing correctly and efficiently is good for your lawn and can be less of a dreaded chore for you. If you opt for a push mower to take care of your turfgrass duties, there are several factors to consider when choosing the one that meets your needs.
Find a push mower that is suited for your particular landscape. One of the factors to consider is the power source.
Reel mowers are classic lawn-care tools that use human power to spin a set of rotating knives (the reel) against a fixed blade. The cutting action is similar to that of scissors. Manual mowers work best for very small, flat lawns.
Electric lawn mowers are quiet, pollution-free and start with the flip of a switch. Except for replacing or sharpening the blade and, on cordless models, caring for the battery, they're mostly maintenance-free. Overall, electric mowers are good for lawns measuring a quarter of an acre or less.
Gasoline-powered mowers are a good choice for yards up to a 1/2 acre and are better suited than electric models for mowing more substantial growth. A gasoline-powered mower offers more power and longer cutting time, since they aren't restricted by a battery charge or the location of a power outlet.
Traditional push mowers rely solely on human power to move along. These mowers can be good choices for level lawns up to a 1/3 acre. Models with larger rear wheels give you better maneuverability around your landscape.
The design of the cutting deck on a mower determines where grass clippings go as you cut.
Many mowers can convert between these different configurations.
Once you've decided on the type of mower that best suits your lawn, look for features and options that maximize your mowing results while minimizing the effort.
Always follow the mower manufacturer's operating, maintenance and safety instructions, including instructions on safety gear.