As the name suggests, a lawn mower is a garden implement used for mowing grass.
To suit the needs and necessities of different users, lawn mowers are of different
types and sizes. In the most basic form, there are two types of mowers, namely
- the cylinder mowers and the rotary mowers.
To maintain a neat lawn at regular intervals, a cylinder mower is designed
as a very effective cleaning tool. In specific places – like tennis courts
- where the lawn should look very professional and neat, cylinder mowers are
commonly used. In other places, where the grass has not been mowed for quite
sometime and there is much of rough grass, a rotary mower is more useful.
Lawn mowers come in different sizes, depending on the width of grass being
cut. According to their size, mowers can cut even from 20 to 40 cm. In fact,
the wider the mower, the fewer are the sweeps needed to finish the job. An
unwritten rule is that the bigger the lawn, the bigger is the mower. If the
area is extremely large, a rider mower is the ideal choice.
Along with size, consideration should be given to the power that operates
the mower. Lawn mowers may be electrical or petrol-run. The electrical ones
are economical, light in weight, and more convenient to use. However, when
used in denser lawn areas, it can get tangled between the grasses. It also
does not work well in wet grass. The petrol-run lawnmowers are expensive and
need more maintenance. Yet another type of lawnmower is the one that is run
on rechargeable batteries. Though quite useful, the power and efficiency with
which this mower cuts the grass is less as compared to electrical or petrol-run
‘How the lawnmower move’ is next factor that is to be considered.
It can move on hovers, or wheels, or rollers. Hovers are suitable for the small
gardens and are cheap, compared to the others. As they lack wheels, they need
to be carried to every place. They give a good and neat finish to the lawn,
though they cannot cut very close to the ground. On banks or slopes, the hovers
can be quite ineffective. Another type of lawn-mower movement is on rollers,
which mostly come in cylinder mowers. Apart from cutting the grass, they are
also useful in leveling the ground. Since they are attached, the rollers keep
a steady level of the mowers, and can hence do a better job leveling the grass
and land. Next in line are the wheels, which give first-rate mobility and maneuverability
to the mowers.
For keeping the lawnmowers neat and clean, some mowers have a ‘grass
collection box’ attachment. The grass gets collected in the box that
can be emptied at frequent intervals. If a mower does not have a collection
box, then the grass that is mowed is left on the soil itself, and is left to
dry and become manure to the growing grass.
A few ‘not suitable’ things also need to be considered – like,
a power lawnmower being ‘not suitable’ for people who cannot walk
fast, and a heavy mower being ‘not suitable’ for those who need
some kind of support while mowing.
you need to know before buying the lawnmower