Spring is here!!  And so is the resurgence of growing grass!  Most of us are giddy to see green again, but those needing to BUY A NEW LAWNMOWER likely do not share in our excitement.  However, aside from the financial aspect, purchasing a new mower doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming!  Let us help!  We’ve put together a list of considerations to keep in mind when you’re ready to re-invest in your yard with a good lawnmower!

 

 

1.  Size of your yard!  The square footage of the your lawn will determine how big of mower you’ll need.  Common sense says, the more grass you have to mow, the more mower you’ll need to buy!  A relatively small lawn (half acre or less), likely only require a walk-behind mower.  Larger lawns (15,000 square feet or more than half of an acre) can justify the expense and prestige of a riding lawn mower, also known as a lawn tractor.  A couple of other factors to keep in mind: your yard’s terrain (rough or hilly will be additionally challenging) AND, if you decide a walk-behind mower is the way to go, you’ll need to choose between the self-propelled or standard push style variety.  If you’re looking for an easy job, self-propelled is the way to go, but if exercise is your ulterior motive, a push mower is where the workout is!

 

As a general rule of thumb, if your mowing sessions are between 45 to 60 minutes in length, once a week, your mower should last approximately 8 years.  After that, it is time to consider a replacement!

 

Tip: Regardless of mower size, always make sure you have sufficient space to store it!

 

2.  The frequency with which you will need to mow.  Depending on where you live, grass can grow at a very rapid pace, necessitating a bi-weekly mow.  OR, in hotter/drier regions, you may only need to bust out the mower once every week.  Therefore, the question becomes: Give the frequency with which I plan on mowing, will a riding lawn mower ease the burden?  Or can I “tough it out” with a walk-behind because I’m only doing it once a week?  Only YOU can answer that.

 

3.  Gas-powered versus electric-powered mower.  This is a decision applicable to push mowers.  Gas engines tend to have more power and, conversely, electric-powered mowers are more energy efficient.  Ask yourself exactly how important conserving energy and money is to you when it comes to lawn care.  In reality, for a very small lawn, an electric mower might be practical.  However, with the majority of yards, a gasoline-powered pusher will be the preferential choice.

 

4.  Consider your mower purchase to be a long-term investment and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money on feature that might make your life (lawn care!) easier.  After all, a $100 upgrade over an 8-year lifespan seems like a pretty good investment.

 

5.  Research features and figure out which are must-haves/favorites.  From swivel front wheels (for easier turning), safety options, and drive speed control, to electric start, cruise control, cup holders, and attachments, there are many extras to be considered!  We recommend making a list and prioritizing your wants vs needs.

 

6.  Where to shop! While the big-name home improvement stores may be a logical choice for purchasing your new mower, don’t be afraid to shop around and do some price comparisons.  Some dealers even offer seasonal check-ups and/or storage!  Other dealers have been known to price-match and offer fantastic service and repair packages.  Go with a realistic price range in mind and don’t be afraid to make a deal!

 

Finally, perhaps the most important question to ask before investing in a new mower is: How much will this save me over the life of the product? Comparing the cost of a new mower to the average cost of professional lawn care, it's easy to see that the scales tip in favor of doing your own mowing. Choosing the right mower with a quality engine can help ensure your mowing experience is productive and positive.