lawn mower

If you're a homeowner who likes to spend your time in the garden, you'll know how much effort it can take to get your lawn up to scratch. You'll know that achieving a lush, green grass doesn't just happen, it takes time, care, attention and the use of proper, effective tools. None more so than the right lawn mower.

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  1. Rotary Lawn Mowers
  2. Reel Lawn Mowers
  3. Hover Lawn Mowers
  4. Cordless Lawn Mowers
  5. Electric Lawn Mowers
  6. Petrol Lawn Mowers

For anyone who knows anything about gardening or lawn care, you'll know that the right lawn mower can make all the difference when it comes to getting the grass of your dreams. Lawn & Weed Expert are here to help with our definitive guide on the different types of lawn mower, so you can decide for yourself which is best suited for you, helping you to achieve the grass you've always wanted. 

1. Rotary Lawn Mowers 

These types of lawn mowers are the most popular forms of lawn mower on the market. They're made up of a single cutting blade that rotates horizontally under the mower at high speeds. The blade spins in almost a propeller-like fashion, cutting the grass as it makes contact.

For many, the rotary lawn mower is the most versatile type of lawn mower out there, offering great performance on most surfaces. Rotary mowers are more powerful than cylinder lawn mowers and work well for mowing longer and coarser types of grass.

These are available in various styles such as electric, petrol engine and cordless rechargeable, offering a nice variety depending on your personal preference. However, they do have parts that can become bent or damaged, so it is vital to look after your rotary mower and keep it well maintained. 


2. Reel Lawn Mowers 

Reel lawn mowers, also known as cylinder lawn mowers, have cylindrical blade units at the front of the mower. These blades rotate vertically and cut against a fixed blade that is mounted at the bottom of the cutting unit. Often, reel lawn mowers can have multiple blades attached, sometimes three or more!

These types of lawn mowers are an ideal choice for flat lawns that you'd like to keep short. A word of advice, try to stay clear of using reel mowers on rough surfaces as the blades are designed to cut through smoother, softer blades of grass.


3. Hover Lawn Mowers 

These types of lawn mowers are similar to rotary mowers but hover above the ground rather than moving along the surface. This makes them a perfect choice when looking to mow uneven surfaces as well as being easier to manoeuvre, thanks to the reduced contact with the ground.

Generally, hover lawn mowers are an excellent choice for unusually-shaped lawns, due to their high-performance levels on awkward corners or uneven patches of grass. This provides the user with greater control over the niggly edges of your lawn. Despite this, they are not the best to use on large lawns. If you have a large lawn, then it may be worth spending the extra cash and purchasing a larger, more powerful mower. 

Hover lawn mowers also come in various forms, usually electric-powered, and are cheaper than many other types of mowers but they are not the most powerful available, especially for larger lawns.


3. Cordless Lawn Mowers 

A cordless lawn mower is an excellent choice for any homeowner that is prepared to part ways with a bit more cash for added convenience. These type of mowers are a great hassle-free option that provides all of the benefits of electric lawn mowers without the tangling of any cables that could limit your mowing range.

This type of lawn mower is perfect for those with larger lawns. Most of the modern cordless mowers are powered using lithium-ion batteries, which last longer than older-style nickel-cadmium batteries. This comes at a significant cost, however. 


4. Electric Lawn Mowers 

The majority of modern home lawn mowers are powered using the electric mains through a regular power socket and are often the best choice if you have a small to medium-sized lawn. They are usually small enough to make storage easy as well as being cheap, lightweight and easy-to-use.

More often than not, electric lawn mowers can cost around £100-200, making them reasonably-priced for most homeowners. However, despite all of these great benefits, the one thing you will need to be mindful of when using an electric lawn mower is you will be limited by the length of the power cable, which means you will have to purchase a mower with a cable long enough to mow your entire garden from wherever it is plugged in! 


5. Petrol Lawn Mowers 

The final type of lawn mower is a petrol lawn mower, perfect for those of you with larger lawns. These mowers are great for trimming the entirety of a large grass area where a mains electric cable would be unable to reach.

They are, however, more expensive and larger than their electric counterparts but do cut grass at a faster rate due to being more powerful. The only downside to petrol lawn mowers is that they are a lot like cars, in that their engines cause more pollution than electric mowers and need to be maintained regularly. This includes servicing as well and checking and topping up oil levels.


What Type of Lawn Mower is Best For You?

When it comes to picking the lawn mower suitable for your grass, there are some guidelines that you should take into consideration. 

If you have a smaller-sized lawn (up to 1000 sq ft), the best type of lawn mower to use is a cordless, push or electric mower. If you have a medium-sized lawn (1000-2500 sq ft), then an electric, cordless or petrol mower will work best. And if your lawn is greater than 2500 sq ft, then a petrol lawn mower is often your best bet! 

There are many types of lawn mower available on the market, but ultimately, the best lawn mower for you will come down personal preference.

We hope that this guide on the different types of lawn mowers out there can point you in the right direction and help you achieve that lush green grass you've been striving for. 

For more information on how Lawn & Weed Expert can help you achieve the best possible lawn for your garden, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today, we'd love to hear from you.

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