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4 Best Mowers for Your Yard and the Environment

By Susan Patterson (spattersonJuly 17, 2013
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Lighten up on yard work costs and help the environment out by trying some of these “green” lawn mowers. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint but you will also improve your health and have a great looking yard. Here are a few environmentally friendly mowers to choose from.

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Reel Mower

A reel mower is a push mower with a series of blades. The mower does not have a motor but instead the sharp blades turn as the mower is pushed. This was the concept of the very first 'lawn mowing machine' patented by engineer, Edwin Beard Budding from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England on August 31, 1830.


Benefits
A reel mower is healthier for your lawn because it is not as hard on the grass as other types of mowers and your lawn will benefit from its delicate touch. Reel mowers give you a fabulous workout when you mow because they require quite a bit of effort to push and these mowers are quiet and don't emit pollution.
reelReel mowers require very little maintenance to keep up. Purchasing a reel mower is economical  and will not break your bank.

Negatives

You can't attach a bag to a reel mower, which means you can't collect the clippings from the lawn. It is difficult to use this mower on excessively bumpy or uneven ground because the blades do not 'float'.  Push mowers are harder to push; therefore, it takes longer to mow. Because of this, these mowers are not suited for large yards, but they will mow a small or medium size yard just fine.
 
 

Rechargeable Mower 

rechargeableA rechargeable mower works just like a gas-powered mower, except it runs on a rechargeable battery. You simply slide the charged battery into the mower, and you're ready to go, or in this case, mow.

Benefits

These mowers are super lightweight and easy to push, making mowing faster and easier. Most battery-powered mowers start with just a flip of a switch and run very quietly. Most models have the option to attach a bag for easy clean-up. Since they do not have a combustion motor there is no messy oil or gas to deal with.

Negatives

The battery charge will not last forever, and if you have a large yard, you may need to do it over several re-charges, or purchase several batteries.The cost of purchasing one of these battery mowers is higher, but you will recover money in the long run because you are not buying oil and gas.

Corded Electric Mower 

ImageThese mowers work the same as a rechargeable mower; however, you have a cord to run from the power outlet to the mower.

Benefits

These mowers are lightweight and easy to push and electric mowers are particularly quiet and will not bother your neighbors. A bag can be attached to most models for easy clean-up and as long as you stay plugged in, you will always have power without having to recharge.

Negatives

Dragging a cord along can get in the way and make it more difficult to mow. You have to take care not to roll over your power cord, which will result in either damaging it or severing it completely.These mowers are not as high powered, so it is best to mow more frequently to keep the grass at a manageable level. Your yard needs to be small enough to use this kind of mower so you will always be near the power source.

Solar Power Mower

solarA solar power mower runs similar to a rechargeable mower, however, the battery is powered with a solar panel instead of electricity.

Benefits

These mowers are quiet and lightweight and because you will not need to constantly recharge and you don't have to drag a cord, these mowers are excellent for larger suburban yards. Most models allow you to remove the solar panels and attach them to a roof for continual charging and a clipping bag can be attached.

Negatives

These mowers are expensive to purchase because very few companies actually make them, but the idea is catching on. They are not a powerful as their gas and oil counterparts, so will need to be used in situations where a battery powered mower is suitable. They are still not advisable for larger acreages.  

Alternatives to gas and oil powered lawnmowers are attractive to many homeowners for a variety of reasons, so if you feel your property is a good fit for one of these devices, by all means, check them out!


  About Susan Patterson  
Susan PattersonSusan is a contributing writer for Dave's Garden. She is a Master Gardener and a sustainable living researcher who is always on the lookout for ways to simplify and make environmentally conscious decisions. With a background in nutrition and extensive knowledge of whole foods and wellness, Susan incorporates sustainable living practices that will improve the health of her family while reducing their carbon footprint

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Discussion about this article:
SubjectTopic StarterRepliesViewsLast Post
About Reel Mowers DreamOfSpring 1 11 Jul 22, 2013 8:11 PM
Sharpening Blades on pushmower minpin3165 1 5 Jul 22, 2013 7:57 PM
Life expentancy of electric mowers water_sun_grow 0 3 Jul 22, 2013 6:33 PM
Get rid of lawns? CLScott 2 26 Jul 18, 2013 3:40 AM
Some comments 1_Lucky_Texan 1 26 Jul 17, 2013 11:54 AM
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