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Mowers to Keep Your Grassy Landscape Looking Good

Mowers to Keep Your Grassy Landscape Looking Good By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

A lawn mower is an indispensable tool for maintaining a grassy front yard landscape. Here's the low-down on different types of mowers available and how to choose one that's best for your budget and your front yard landscape.

There are about three types of lawn mowers on the market: push, self-propelled, and riding mowers. Choose a mower according to the size of your lawn and your budget.

Manual-reel and Electric Mowers

If your front yard lawn is small and you want to spend as little as possible, buy a manual-reel mower, which can cost as little as $100. Pushing a manual-reel mower causes its blades to turn and to cut your grass. Manual-reel mowers may have trouble cutting grass taller than one-and-a-half inches and have limited cutting swaths, but otherwise, they do a pretty good job of cutting small, flat lawns. Electric mowers have similar advantages and disadvantages, working best on small, flat grassy landscapes.

Gasoline Powered Self-propelled Mowers

If your lawn is of average size and a little hilly, you might want to try a gasoline-powered, self-propelled mower. These mowers range from $200 to $900 and come equipped with removable catchers, side-discharging and mulching. Their cutting swatch is also larger, about 21 inches compared to 18 inches for manual-reel and electric push mowers.

Riding Mowers: Large Scale Front Yard Landscape Projects

If you have a home that's set miles off the road, displaying a front lawn of more than half an acre, you'll probably want to maintain it with a riding mower. Fortunately, riding mowers have become more affordable in recent years, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Features that make riding a little easier, but the price more costly, include clutchless automatic drive, translucent fuel tank, cruise control, fuel gauge, and cup holders. A yard with steep inclines may pose a safety risk; talk to a riding-mower dealer about safety precautions associated with using a riding mower on uneven land.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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