Lawnmowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes – and prices. With so many mower types and mower models to choose from, the best way to choose the best lawnmower for your garden is with expert advice. However, it will help if you know what mower types you will be choosing from – what will influence that choice and the advice you get from your lawnmower retailer.

The following will help you, and your garden centre, choose the best lawnmower for your garden and lawn.

Things you need to consider when choosing a lawnmower:

  • The size of your lawn
  • The shape of your lawn
  • The type of grass you have (and how fast it grows)
  • Ease of use and how much time you have to mow the lawn each week.
  • Your budget: How much fuel the lawnmower will require, repairs and the initial outlay
Walk-behind mowers are suitable for small lawn areas

Walk-behind mowers: your ‘normal’ mower – suitable for small lawn areas.

Different types of lawnmowers and what kinds of lawns they are best for:

There are two lawnmower cutting mechanisms:

Reel lawnmowers: the blades turn on a horizontal axis. Used either on a push mower or a zero-turn reel mower.

Rotary lawnmowers: the cutting mechanism is underneath the mower. The cutting action is circular.

And there are 3 main types of lawn-mowers – using one or the other cutting mechanism:

  • Walk-behind mowers: your ‘normal’ mower – suitable for small lawn areas. These can be reel or rotary mowers. Reel mowers are especially good for small areas or lawn or areas where there might be debris.
  • Ride-on ‘Tractor’ lawn mowers: suitable for larger lawns and people who have time to mow the lawn but would rather sit and relax. Not suitable for tight areas, narrow strips of grass or lawns with flowing lines around flower beds.
  • Zero-turn ride on mowers: have the mowing deck behind them instead of underneath. This makes easier to manoeuvre and much faster. Suitable for all size lawns and busy gardeners who want to get the grass cut efficiently and quickly.

Choose reel or rotary mowers, walk, and push or sit and ride, gas or diesel – and get mowing today!