A Close Shave? Logbook Loans Guide to Lawn Mowers
“There’s always been Ethel” begins the acclaimed Genesis song “I Know What I Like”. But do you remember the reference to the lawnmower? “Me I’m just a lawnmower, you can tell me by the way I walk” ……
Lawnmower technology has progressed enormously since that song was released back in 1973 . So if you are planning to invest in a lawnmower any time soon, where do you start? What kind of products are available and which are the best?
How to choose your lawnmower
First and foremost you need to think how you’ll be using your lawnmower. This will help you to filter the available options to find the perfect one.
You need to consider:
- The size of your lawn: smaller areas would do better with a compact, lightweight mower whereas a more robust and powerful lawn mower is better for larger gardens. Larger gardens also benefit from a lawnmower with a blade with a greater cutting width i.e. that is able to cut a wider strip of grass at a time.
- Storage: the availability and dimensions of your storage area also need to be taken into account so that the lawnmower you purchase can fit and is easy to remove.
- Power: if you are buying a lawnmower that needs power you need to consider the availability and reachability of power to your lawn.
Types of lawnmower
There are several different types of lawnmowers. The main ones are:
- Rotary: these are a versatile lawnmower available in both powered and cordless models. They feature a disc that horizontally rotates to cut the grass, and are able to cut any type of lawn.
- Hover: these glide over the grass, raised off the lawn by a cushion of air. Some feature a grass cutting box.They are light and easy to manoeuvre, though best suited to short grass.
- Ride-on: there are two types of ride on mower: lawn riders and lawn tractors. Lawn riders are smaller and easy to manoeuvre. Lawn tractors are more suitable for sloping lawns, irregular surfaces and longer grass.
- Hand-push: this is the most traditional type of lawnmower. It has no power source: its momentum is created solely by manual pushing. The pushing causes blades to rotate that then cut the grass.
- Robotic/automatic: these are the latest development in lawnmower technology. They are battery operated lawn mowers that before first usage need to be set up with the boundaries of your garden. Thereafter you can set it going (either manually or timed) and your lawn will be cut for you.
Using your lawnmower effectively
Whatever type of lawnmower you choose, it will only achieve good results if you use it effectively. This means getting into a regular garden maintenance routine to ensure that your grass is cut as often as it needs to be. See our recent article about Get Your Garden ready for Summer for more information.
You also need to maintain your lawn mower regularly to keep it in its best condition. make sure that after every use you:
- Clear away grass and any other debris: in particular you need to check for stones and grit.
- Check for any damage such as loose nuts or bolts, or frayed wires.
- Check that the blades are still sharp, and sharpen as needed.
- If you have a ride-on or hand-push mower they will use oil and this needs to be changed at least once a year.
- Store your lawnmower carefully, keeping it upright and ensuring that nothing is resting on it that could cause damage.
Good luck with finding the right lawnmower! We hope that, as in the Genesis song above, these tips help you to know what you like, and like what you know – and that your garden looks wonderful this summer.