Which type of lawnmower is best for me?
This depends on the size of your garden, as well as how difficult your garden is to navigate and the fuel type you’d like to use
If your garden is on the very small size, a manual lawnmower which requires no fuel could be ideal. They are generally more inexpensive and save a lot of time getting the appliance prepared as they are simply pushed along the ground. These are best suited to flat surfaces as quite a lot of arm power is needed from the user.
If it is anywhere between small and medium, an electric lawnmower could be the best option. These offer more power than the manual models, and generally offer a cleaner cut. Most are relatively lightweight, and best if your garden is quite level and regularly shaped. They are also easiest to maintain.
Electrical lawnmowers can be either corded or cordless, so think about whether you need a long cord length to reach all of your garden, or whether a cordless model is best.
You can also get hover mowers, which are great for uneven surfaces and lighter to manoeuvre.
Petrol lawnmowers are generally a lot more powerful and sturdy. With higher powered motors and larger capacity grass boxes, they are ideal for medium to large gardens as they don’t have to be emptied regularly and can handle most grass and terrain types.
They also don’t require any cables or recharging, but this can mean a lot more maintenance and the need to store petrol.
Robotic lawnmowers aren’t as powerful as their manual counterparts but are great if you have well-maintained lawns and like to keep on top of the grass cutting. They do all of the work for you, from cutting to recharging.
The wouldn’t be so ideal for very long grass, such as that first cut after the winter months where gardening has been neglected. They also don’t necessarily create the most attractive cutting.
Ride-on lawnmowers are for people with acres of land to maintain. They are designed as mini tractors, and many now have various features which give you the finish you want.
They are often very expensive and noisy.
Which size of lawnmower do I need?
All models are best suited to a particular size of garden, so work out whether yours is small or large. Then, look at the cutting width of the mowers – the larger this is, the more space they can cover.
Petrol lawnmowers are generally best for larger gardens, and electrical/cordless are best for smaller, urban spaces.
Also think about storage. If your space is limited to a small shed or simply storing it in the garden over winter with a cover, look at getting a lawnmower which is slight but also has foldable handles to reduce its size.
Do I need a rear roller?
Many lawnmowers come with a rear roller, which is how many gardeners create the ‘striped’ effect on grass after cutting it.
It isn’t necessary, but if you like this effect then it will likely only be available with a roller mower.
Do I need a large grass box?
Again, this depends on how much grass you have to cut. A larger box will save you several trips to the recycling bin to empty it, as it can hold more.
Cutting boxes simply collect the grass gatherings, but mowers can be used without if you prefer to rake the grass afterwards or leave it to dry and break down naturally.
If frequent emptying isn’t something you are worried about, then it isn’t the most important aspect to look for.
What about a mulching plug?
Some more modern mower models come with mulching plugs, which redistributes the grass back into the soil to act as a natural fertiliser. If you prefer to reuse rather than recycle, then it could be a good option.