The lawn on the site is the dream of many: both the eye rejoices, and the children have a place to play, and a picnic can be arranged without random passers-by and long gatherings. But the lawn requires regular maintenance so that it really pleases the eye. How to do it? How long does it take to mow the lawn? Which lawn mower to choose? What is more convenient and what is more profitable? The answers to these and some other questions are in this article.
Of the many tools, at least three types of equipment are capable of mowing grass - lawn mowers , trimmers and brushcutters. What to choose?
Novice "lawnmakers" are of the opinion that lawn mowers are needed for large areas, and on one or two hundred square meters, the lawn can be trimmed with a trimmer. This is not true. A trimmer or brushcutter will never achieve the same level lawn surface as a lawn mower. But if you've already bought a trimmer, don't be discouraged. It will probably come in handy for mowing grass in the corners of the lawn, in narrow areas where the mower does not go, and where the lawn adjoins curbs, flower beds and other plantings.
You may need to use garden shears in some places - for example, if there are complex alpine slides in the middle of the lawn or there are bushes that can be damaged by the trimmer line.
Power lawn mowers require neither power nor gasoline - only the muscular strength of the lawnmower. The movement of the knives is driven by the wheels. Wheels are spinning - knives are working. The advantages of such lawn mowers are obvious: low cost, ease of use, noiselessness, efficiency and environmental friendliness.
The disadvantages are no less noticeable:
Electric corded lawn mowers are the most common lawn mowing tool.
They are lightweight, inexpensive, easy to operate, productive enough and adequately cope with their task. But they also have disadvantages:
Electric cordless lawn mowers are as easy to use as mains- powered lawn mowers , but they do not have a mains lead.
Unfortunately, this is where their advantages are exhausted, and the disadvantages begin:
The petrol lawn mowers are not tied to an outlet and have high power and good performance.
If the area of your lawn exceeds 10 acres, this is the best option. Self-propelled models with wheel drive can easily navigate the most difficult terrain. But they also have disadvantages:
Robotic lawnmowers are capable of taking care of all the mowing tasks. Well, almost everything. If other types of lawn mowers are not very different from their own kind, then the functions of "robots" can vary greatly.
So, only a few models are capable of collecting mowed grass and transporting it to a special grass-catcher, available at a very high price. The cut grass is most often crushed and left on the lawn. Very rare "robots" are able to determine what they are mowing and independently "bypass" paved areas, garden paths and vegetable gardens. For most robots, you will need to dig in a special cable that connects to the charger around the lawn. And flower beds and areas inside the lawn will need to be fenced.
Not all robots are equipped with rain and humidity sensors, and in the absence of them, full autonomy cannot be expected from a robot: it can easily leave "on schedule" in the rain and burn out.
In addition, you will have to carefully prepare the site so that the "robot" confidently mows the lawn without any supervision. The condition of the site should be ideal or close to this: the lawn should be level, without high slopes - such areas will only be possible for robotic lawn mowers with four-wheel drive. There should be no bumps, wormholes, branches, stones on the surface. Apples, pears and other fruits that have fallen into the grass should also be removed. The grass height must remain within the range indicated in the manual.
If you are not sure that the lawn is clean, it is better to keep an eye on the robot's work. Keep in mind that the performance of the "robots" is very low.
However, the main disadvantage of robots is the price. Fully self-contained, full-sensor models have the price of a used subcompact.
Regardless, robotic lawn mowers are popular. Their main advantage is autonomy. In the first days after the purchase, you will have to prepare the site for work, deal with the intricacies of the settings, but then the owner of the autonomous lawn mower will simply watch its work from the window, or even completely forget about its existence. Such models are able to independently travel to the site, build routes, process the lawn and return to the charging station.
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