Why Push Mowers are Better for your Lawn
Over the last couple of years, there has been a resurgence in popularity for push mowers due to their affordability and ability to have a neat and well looked after lawn.
The original push mower dates back as far as 1830 when the first model was designed by Edwin Beard Budding. Designed primarily to cut lawns on cricket pitches and sports grounds, it wasn't long before the push mower became a must-have for many gentrified homeowners. Since then, we have seen how the humble lawnmower has transformed itself into a robotic machine that does it all. But today, many are returning to the push mower simply for its affordability, practicality and the fact that it leaves a lawn looking beautifully trimmed and carefully maintained.
Nowadays, it's quite unusual to find that many gardeners prefer to use a push lawnmower over more modern, petrol and electric models that are available. Perhaps it's the fact that a push mower offers far less noise than its petrol or electrical counterparts. Or it could be due to the fact that a push mower is considered eco-friendly and more sustainable due to its manual 'push' operation. Then again, with all the power outages and load shedding taking place, it might also be due to the fact that a push mower doesn't need fuel or electricity to run.
Another benefit that many consider unique to the push mower is the fact that it trims lawn neatly and without ripping or chopping the grass. As long as the blades are sharp, a push mower easily trims a lawn and gives any lawn a professional finish. A push lawnmower can't really be compared to a fuel or electric motor for speed, but because of its compact size and lightweight design, you might find that using a push mower is easier than other models, especially when used on a regular basis to keep lawn trimmed and neat.
Less Mess and More Compost
When using a push mower for the first time, one thing you will notice is that it spreads grass clippings as it goes and does not create large clumps. Large clumps of grass cuttings can cause problems if left sitting on the grass. Over the years, it has been found that grass clippings actual help a lawn, and the grass clippings dispersed by a push mower add healthy nutrients back into the soil.
Reducing your Carbon Footprint
A push mower requires no power or fuel for operation, you simply push the mower to spin the cylinders for a neat cutting method. Because it offers manual operation, not only is a push mower more affordable to buy, it is also inexpensive to maintain and gives off no smelly fumes. The only maintenance required for a push mower is to keep the workings clean from build-up and ensure the blades are sharpened as and when required.
Great for Small Gardens
Push lawnmowers are cheaper to buy than electrical or petrol lawnmowers, which makes them the ideal choice if you only have a small garden. Today's push lawnmowers are easily folded up and take up very little space in your garden shed, or when hung on a wall in the garage. And if you only have a little strip of grassed pavement that needs to be mowed, it's far easier to take out a push lawnmower and get the job done.
Do it Right
Of course, a push mower is not absolutely perfect in every aspect, and it does have some cons to keep in mind. First, it is best to use a push mower when the grass is dry, so try to avoid mowing too early in the morning when the grass is still covered in dew, or after a night of heavy rain.
It is also recommended that you use a push mower regularly and do not let the grass grow too long when it becomes a bit harder to push the mower.