How to Choose the Best Lawn Mower

If you’re in the market for the best lawn mower in New Zealand, you may feel slightly overwhelmed by choice. As there is no shortage of mowing products promising to transform the health and appearance of your lawn, choosing which lawn mower to purchase can take some time and research.

We at Jim’s Mowing NZ know a thing or two about lawn mowing, so we’ve written this informative guide to choosing the best lawn mower. Read on to find out which mower is right for you and your lawn!

The types of lawn mowers

Whilst there are as many different lawn mowers as one can imagine, not all mowers are made equal! You can understand what makes each mower different and which one may be right for you, by learning about the different types and categories of mowers. Mowers can be categorised depending on whether they are a ride-on or push mower, battery, electric or petrol powered, and are corded or cordless.

Ride-on & push mowers

A push and self-propelled mower tends to be what most people picture when they picture a lawn mower. These mowers are usually manual, however there are manual motorised varieties available, and involve the operator walking behind the mower steering or pushing it. A ride-on mower is significantly larger than a standard push or self-propelled mower, and involves the operator sitting on the mower. These ride-on mowers tend to be used for larger properties such as commercial lawns or even farmland.

Electric, battery, and petrol powered mowers

Petrol powered mowers are considered the most powerful mowers and are started by pulling the start cord quickly and with a firm hand. Battery powered mowers use a separate battery which can be charged within the home and don’t require a manual start. Electric mowers are powered by a cord which plugs into a powerpoint.

Corded & cordless mowers

Corded mowers plug directly into a powerpoint. These electric powered mowers can be lightweight and on the cheaper side, however you will need access to a powersource and an extension cord. Electric mowers without a cord (other cordless mowers will be petrol powered) are battery powered so you will need to charge the battery separately.

Choosing the right mower for you

Now you have a basic idea of the different mowers on the market, here is what you need to consider when choosing the right mower for you.

Size and slope of your lawn

The size and slope of your lawn is a huge determinant of what type of mower you should choose. A smaller and flatter lawn will only require a basic pusher mower, and can even use a corded mower to easily get the job done. If you need to mow a larger area, it’s better to use a ride-on mower as it will save you a lot of time and energy. In the case of a steep lawn, you will want to use a mower with some more power so we recommend choosing a petrol mower.

Frequency of mowing

If you are mowing your lawn sporadically, you may want to consider choosing a mower which requires less maintenance. Using a corded electric mower may be a better choice as aside from wiping down the deck and sharpening your mower blades, there is little upkeep required. If you need to mow regularly, a battery powered mower can be a pain as you will need to continually charge the batteries and purchase an additional battery so you can mow when you need to. In the battery vs petrol powered mower debate, a petrol mower will likely be a good choice, but keep in mind that you will need to change the oil and clean the filter to maintain your mower.

Budget

Price is a significant factor in many people’s choice of mowers. Ride-on mowers tend to be more expensive than the basic push mower model. Electric mowers with a cord is cheaper than a petrol model, a battery powered mower will likely sit in between the two price-wise. Battery mowers often sell their batteries separately and you may need to purchase multiple batteries over the mower’s lifetime, so keep this additional cost in mind when choosing your mower.

Ease of use

How easy it is to use your mower shouldn’t be overlooked. A ride-on mower is the most comfortable to use, as you can sit down and don’t need to manually push it around. This is great for when you are mowing a large property and if you have less energy due to age or ability. A corded mower can be less user friendly as you will require a large extension cord, however being so lightweight can make it easier to navigate even with a cord opposed to a heavy petrol mower.

Consider using a mowing service

You can take the stress out of choosing the right mower by using a professional mowing service. Jim’s Mowing NZ exceptional lawn mowing service means you don’t need to worry about spending thousands of dollars on a professional lawn mower. Instead, our team will use top of the line equipment to ensure your lawn is looking the best it can!

Have more questions about lawn mowers?

If you have any more questions about choosing the best mower for your needs or just lawn mowing in general, get in touch with our friendly team! We’re always happy to discuss your lawn and garden needs and provide you with expert advice. You can call Jim’s Mowing NZ on 0800 454 654 or receive a free quote for your lawn care via our online form!

Autumn Lawn Care

After yet another searing summer, it’s now the season where we greet cooler evenings and begin to get ready for the cold winter. Your grass will be relieved as summers can be lengthy and challenging. But with winter comes its own set of challenges. So here are our tips on how to care for your lawn in autumn, before it goes dormant in winter.

Preparing your Lawn for the Winter Months

It’s cooling down, meaning winter is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to prepare your lawn for the cold months ahead, but just what does that entail? We’ve got a few pointers below that can help you ensure your lawn is at its strongest and healthiest for winter and the months to follow.

Fertilise

Autumn is a great season for fertilising your lawn as it can give it a boost of strength for the colder months. Applying a quality, slow-release fertiliser in autumn can help to fortify your lawn over several months. Just be sure to ensure it is spread evenly across the lawn, and watered in well so that the nutrients can be easily absorbed.

Fix bare patches

If your lawn is looking a little patchy, Autumn is a good time to get to fixing. Many variables can cause a bare and patchy lawn, from frequent use and wear and tear to pet urine or excess shade. Before fixing the bare spots, it’s important to figure out why they occurred. For example, if there is a spot where grass has died due to trees or structures preventing it from getting enough sunlight, it may be worth re-sowing that area with more shade-tolerant grass. If the patches are caused by pet urine, it might be worth training your furry friend to use a specific area to do their business, or keeping and eye out and watering down the areas where it is done, to dilute the nitrogen content that causes grass to die. Once the issue has been identified, grass can be replaced either by transplanting runners from other areas of the garden, or by sowing grass seed in the affected area.

Collect leaves and debris

Autumn signals the shedding of leaves for many trees, which can mean more leaf litter and debris ending up on your lawn. The accumulation of leaves on a lawn can prevent it from getting much-needed sunlight. They can also become damp, leading to fungal diseases for your lawn, which is something nobody wants to have to deal with. When you notice leaves have started to build up, rake them into a pile and add them to the compost bin or use them as mulch for the veggie patch!

Get Onehunga Weed under control

Onehunga Weed is annoying, and having a lawn full of it can make the prospect of walking barefoot in the yard an unpleasant act. While they are often painfully noticed by bare feet across the country during the Summer months, these weeds begin to germinate during the colder months, making this a great time to keep an eye out for the fresh shoots and nip them in the bud before them become an issue. There are many herbicides created to be used on onehunga weed, and these can be applied during the late-autumn and early-winter months to stop the weed before it becomes painful. If you only have a few of the weeds present, and wish to avoid the use of herbicides, an alternative method is to wait until the end of winter and remove them by hand before they flower.

Mow the lawn higher

Like most plants, grass needs the sun for photosynthesis, and the longer the grass blade, the more sun is cast on the plant. Raising the mower blades in winter gives your lawn a more generous cut, allowing the grass more area to collect sun, which can lead to a healthier lawn. Colder months can also cause a lot of grasses to become dormant, so it’s likely you won’t need to mow as frequently as is needed in warmer weather.

Winter doesn’t have to mean a bad time for your lawn. With a little bit of effort you can help your lawn stay happy, healthy and strong during the winter.


Need help?

Winter is coming! Jim’s Mowing NZ is on hand to lend a hand. Contact Jim’s Mowing MZ now on 0800 454 654 or book online.