It’s a relationship based on trust and dependability. You meet together at least once a week for a few hours. Each of you knows your role and performs it in perfect choreography. You can connect without speaking. Then, there’s a change. Less and less communication occurs. Finally, there’s silence. Your lawnmower—your handy sidekick—has died.
You decide it is time to move on, and you jump at the first one to catch your eye. It just looks so attractive as it sits there gleaming. Your attention centers on how powerful and imposing it seems. However, this new companion is not without its drawbacks. Unfortunately, you made your decision based on its outward appearance. Things would have gone better for you if you take into account the characteristics of your particular parcel of land, the seasonal variations it experiences and the match between your purchase and your individual ideals.
1. It Doesn’t Pass the “Goldilocks” Test
A mammoth machine like a riding mower may look impressive, but you will end up wasting a lot of money on it if you have a very small lot. On the other hand, using a reel or push mower to care for a large acreage homestead will cause you to become exhausted every time you try to landscape. Heavily-sloped land will be difficult to trim without an extra boost from the mower, whereas flat ground may not require the engine to be as powerful.
Choosing a mower that fits both the size of your plot of land as well as its geography is a cost-effective strategy. Larger lots, especially those over 3/4th of an acre, will be easier to attend to with a riding mower. Self-propelled mowers are designed for medium-sized lots that fall between 1/2 to 3/4th of an acre. Small lots below 1/2 of an acre can get by with a push or reel mower. A property with a lot of hills or rough ground should be mowed with a riding or self-propelled mower.
2. It’s Not Always in Season
Your new mower runs sleekly as it cuts the summer grass, but then fall arrives. You see its shortcoming, which is that it doesn’t have any tools to remove leaves. Modern lawn mowers come with accessories and features that work year-round, including attachments that help with mulching and snow removal. Features such as these are especially important in areas that experience heavy snowfall or that have many deciduous trees casting off their leaves in the fall.
3. It Clashes With Your Values
The sheer number of choices available to you as a consumer currently can be staggering. This plethora of options allows individuals like you to tailor your purchases to those which match your values and interests. Selecting a mower for its aesthetics alone might lead to regret if it isn’t well-suited to who you are as a person. For instance, if you were an individual who was heavily invested in environmental concerns, you might be unhappy with a mower that’s not efficient in its energy use. If you were someone who values loyalty to a company and long-lasting value, you would likely only be satisfied with a highly-rated, dependable machine.
Lawnmowers tend not to age well in terms of external characteristics. Even if they start off looking pristine, the hard chores they tackle leave them with some dings and scratches. Rather than focusing on looks, you would benefit by choosing a lawnmower based on the size and topography of your lot, the year-round lawn care requirements your location dictates, and your individual preferences for the performance of your household items. Although the results of this strategy might leave you with a machine which fails to make your heart swoon, it could help you decide upon one that neatly serve to bulk up your wallet and your sense of satisfaction.