Comparing Push, Gas and Electric Lawnmowers

Jeff Cox shares MOTHER'S buyer's guide comparing push, gas and electric lawnmowers. Includes pricing, types of lawnmowers and details on how each type of lawnmower operates.

| February/March 2002

Reel mower.

Reel mower.


MOTHER'S buyer's guide comparing push, gas and electric lawnmowers.

My dad figured out the perfect low-work, time-saving way to deal with mowing the grass: He made me do it. Since then I've had a love-hate relationship with my lawns. I don't enjoy mowing them any more now than I did when I was 13, but as soon as the grass gets the least bit shaggy, I feel the need to cut it.

The longer I put it off, the guiltier I feel, the more it calls and the more difficult the job becomes.

I could take a cue from my dad and hire a teenager, but I remember how I used to run the mower over rocks — gouging chunks of metal out of the cutting blade and sometimes bending the driveshaft — without thinking twice about it.

There's always the farmyard approach, fencing in the lawn and running horses, cows or sheep in there. But fencing is expensive, there are vet bills, shelter for winter, flies in the manure . . .

Or I could plant zoysia grass. This stuff stays short but has the texture of a stiff-bristled scrub brush and is only green between the last and first frosts. Forget that. Some MOTHER readers are trying to lose their lawns and plant permaculture gardens, but for many of us, at least some lawn is a fact of life.

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