Introduction To Lawn Mowers – All You Need to Know

Deciding on which lawnmowers are the best to get can be confusing as well as frustrating because of the many options available. However, to avoid this confusion it helps to ask yourself some questions.

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Here are some sample questions.

How big is my lawn?

Do I see gardening as a form of exercise or just as fun?

How much can I afford to pay?

How often am I prepared to mow my lawn?

Am I environmentally conservative?

How much will I be prepared to spend on maintenance?

TYPES

Basically, there are two groups.

  • The Pushable/walk behind Lawnmowers
  • The Automobile/Driving Lawn mowers.

But it gets a bit more complicated.

For example, in the pushable lawnmowers group, there are 3 sub-groups namely:

The reel type – This type of lawn mower is the cheapest of the lot and is manually operated. It is ideal for small lawns or for medium-sized lawns if lawn mowing is used as a form of exercise.

It is also good for environmentally friendly as it doesn’t contribute to air pollution. It however demands a lot of muscular energy to operate and will therefore not be suitable for very large lawns.

The electric power

  • could be battery operated. Sometimes called cordless type. or,
  • could be attached directly to the mains.

Fuel-powered types which work on petrol or diesel.

And In the automobile group,

  • Lawn tractors
  • Garden tractors
  • Front-mounted engines
  • Rear-mounted engines.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUY A LAWN MOWER

The cheapest is the reel models while the most expensive are the garden tractors and other driven models. The walk-behind models fall in between.

Generally speaking, electric and battery-operated models are cheaper than fuel-powered ones.

The reel model is the most environmentally friendly as they don’t require any source of energy but your muscles. They are good for small lawns and medium-sized lawns if you intend for youR lawn mowing sessions to be exercise sessions too.

Fuel-powered models are the noisiest of the group. Reel, battery-powered and electric models are much less noisy and your neighbor would love you for getting one of those instead.

Fuel-powered ones are more suitable for tough grass and wet grass too as they usually have more engine power. They are also more suitable for longer sessions of mowing. However, the cost of maintenance is by far the highest of all the models.

Fuel-powered models that have push-button starting mechanisms are easier to start than those with recoil starting mechanisms but they are also generally a bit more expensive.

Electric mowers are low maintenance and would be able to mow most lawns well even though they are not as powerful as fuel-powered models.

Battery-operated models are good since they give you some leverage because of the absence of an electrical cord. However, mowing sessions are limited by the charge span of the battery.

The driven models(garden tractors, lawn tractors, etc) are most suitable for mowing very large lawns.

Most people prefer rear-bagging models to side-bagging models as they are easier to maneuver.

Lawnmowers that have adjustable heights for grass cutting give room for variation in the look of the lawn. It will also allow you to be creative by designing your lawn(maybe like a football field).

Some lawnmowers have the ability to cut the grass into small pieces so that they can fall back into the lawn as organic manure. This is called mulching and it helps to create a full, rich lawn. Others don’t have that ability and so grass cuttings have to be raked up after every mowing session.

Self-propelled mowers that have several speed settings are more efficient as they can be adjusted depending on the type of cut desired.

A lawn mower with a clutch that prevents the blades from moving even when the engine is still running is safer to use.

Metal parts made of rust-proof metal like steel last longer.

The Watering Can: Oldie but goodie

The watering can is a very old tool but still has its uses in gardening today. It has survived the invention of the hose and the lawn sprinkler because it still has its uses like for small watering jobs.

The watering can have four(4) important parts.

  • The reservoir- This is the cavity that holds the water and it comes in various sizes.
  • The Spout- This part is connected to the reservoir and it channels water from the reservoir to the sprinkler.
  • The Sprinkler- This part is attached to the upper end of the spout and is responsible for delivering the water in shower form.
  • The handles- There are usually two(2) handles. One above the reservoir and the other behind the reservoir. They are used for carrying the can and directing the spout.

Watering cans can be made from plastic or metal (brass, steel e.t.c.)

Uses

  • Watering small beds.
  • Watering potted plants and small lawns.
  • Wetting the walkway before sweeping to avoid raising a dust cloud.
  • Can be used for mixing soil additives or making manure tea.

Care/Safety

  • Always empty stored water before you store it. It should be stored dry.
  • Carry volumes of water that you can comfortably carry.
  • For larger watering jobs you would do better with a watering hose.

Selecting A Good Watering Can

  • Ensure you get one with a reservoir that can hold the volume of water that would meet your needs. There’s no point getting a 1-liter capacity reservoir when a 10-liter reservoir would be better.
  • Hold the handle up to ensure that the can is balanced when carried. You should do it again when full.
  • Balance is important. It prevents water splashes and falls from the can. It also makes you work better without straining your arms.
  • The Sprinkler should be detachable. This will give you the option of delivering water in shower form or “tap” form.
  • The spout should stand higher than the reservoir and should originate from as low as possible as it can from the reservoir.
  • The can should be easy to fill with water. The opening on top should open directly to the reservoir. No fancy connections.

The Leaf Rake

The leaf rake is different from the rigid one in that its tines are not sturdy but flexible.

It is mainly to clear up leaves and thin layers of debris on walkways and lawns.

It is used with the point facing downwards.

They are manufactured from different materials and come in different sizes and colors.

Some are made from, plastic while some are made from metal. Some are even made from bamboo.

The tool should be cleaned and stored in a dry place after use. Dried leaves and debris should be removed before storage.

It should also be kept away from toddlers who may find the flexible tines interesting. Store in a tool shed.

Selection Tips

  • Select one with a stem/handle that is long enough for you to stand and work.
  • Adjustable stems/handles are available and would be good if more than one person uses the
  • This tool is usually light but there are some heavy ones. I believe that lighter ones will help you work easily.