Types of Lawn Mower
Although there a many kinds of mower such as, hover mowers, ride on mowers, pedestrian mowers
and electric mowers they will either by a cylinder or rotary lawn
Rotary Mower: Rotary mowers are ideal for general purpose lawns &
neglected areas where a very fine cut is NOT required. This type of mower is generally
cheaper to purchase than a cylinder mower. Rotary mowers are easier to service and maintain
than cylinder mowers.
These mowers cut the lawn by way of a single or multiple blades which are parallel to
the lawn, they spin very quickly causing a cutting action which cuts the grass. It is
important that the blades are kept sharp so the grass is cut properly.Unlike cylinder
mowers, rotary mowers will cut lawns that have become a little overgrown, so they are ideal
if you can not mow on a regular basis.
- Cylinder Mower: These type of mowers are a must if you are maintaining a
luxury lawn that requires close mowing. Although they are more expensive, more complex and
require more maintenance than rotary mowers, they will give a much higher quality of cut.
Cylinder mowers do not however perform well, when the grass has become overgrown. It is
important to have a regular mowing program if using a cylinder mower.
Choosing a lawn mower
When choosing a mower for your lawn a few things need to be considered before you purchase your
lawn mower. These include:
- The size of the lawn: if your lawn covers a large area you may want to
consider buying a ride on mower to save time and effort.
- The quality of cut required: If you are maintaining a fine turf, luxury
lawn a cylinder mower would be the preferred choice. A rotary mower would generally be used for
a low maintenance or general purpose lawn.
- Ease of maintenance: Rotary mowers are generally easier and cheaper to
maintain than cylinder mowers.
- Power source of the mower: The two most popular types of power are petrol
and electric, while electric is cheaper do you really want a cable following you around?
How to mow a lawn
Although nothing is set in stone when mowing the lawn there are a few factors to consider when
carrying out this task.
- Mowing conditions: Ideally always mow the lawn when it is dry, this will
give a cleaner finish, and mower blades cut dry grass better than wet grass.
- Mowing direction: Always mow in a different direction as this prevents a
nap from forming (the grass all lays in the same direction).
- Clippings removal: Never cut more than 1/3 off the grass leaf in a single
mowing operation. If the lawn has become overgrown, gradually lower the mower with each
How high should I mow my lawn
There is no one answer to mowing height and again the figures given here are not set in stone.
Anywhere between 13mm & 25mm (1/2" & 1") would be ideal depending on the quality of the
lawn. For a high maintenance luxury lawn go for the lower mowing height at 13mm and for a low
maintenance lawn choose the higher mowing height.