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Finally Have a Lawn to Mow? Here's a Quick Guide to Choosing the Perfect Mower

by Kayla Bates

You've moved into your new home and it's not located in a drought region. You finally have a beautiful lawn that you get to tend to. Now you have to go out and buy a lawn mower. Unfortunately, you don't have a clue about the type of mower to purchase. Before you head to the home improvement store to buy your first lawn mower, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the different types of mowers that are available.

Manual Push Mowers

If you have a small yard, and want to get some real exercise while you mow, the manual push mower is for you. This type of mower doesn't have a motor, which means all the power will be coming from you. The blades are attached in a cylindrical reel that stretches between both sides of the frame. There are several benefits to the push mower, including that it is

  • Low cost
  • Fuel-less
  • Good for the environment

If you have small children, it's important that you keep manual push mowers out of their reach. Their tiny fingers can get caught in the blades if they happen to play with the mower when you're not around to supervise.

Rotary Mowers

If you don't want to put all your effort into pushing a lawn mower around your yard but you're still on a budget, a rotary mower will probably suit your needs. Rotary mowers are powered by a small motor, so you won't have to use all your strength to propel the mower across your lawn.

Rotary mowers come in gas powered and electric models. Both models come with an operator-presence control—or dead-man switch—that will stop the blades from rotating as soon as you take your hand off the power switch located on the handle. This protects you from injuries caused by lawn mower blades should you fall or trip during use.

Mulching Mowers

If you have a large lawn, you may want to consider purchasing a ride-on or walking mulching mower. This type of mower chops your grass clippings into small pieces so that they can remain on your lawn. There are two benefits to this type of mower. First, you never have to rake your lawn when you're done mowing. Second, the grass clippings provide a natural layer of mulch, which helps keep your lawn healthy.

Now that you have a lawn, you want to choose the right lawn mower. This handy guide will help you select the mower that will work best for you.