Factors to Consider When Choosing a Lawn Mower

July 8, 2022

By Jack

All yards are not the same, so the mower you choose should be one that fits the individual needs of your lawn. There are so many different mower choices out there, it can be overwhelming. Narrowing down what you need in a mower can be helpful. Here are some important factors you’ll want to consider as you shop for a new lawn mower.

Consider the Size of Your Lawn

The first thing to consider when making this decision is the size of your mowing surface. You can approximate your mowing surface using online tools, or the old-fashioned way, by walking your lawn. More specific instructions can be found here.

As a guide, if your lawn is 1/4-acre or smaller, look for a corded or cordless mower, a gas mower or a reel mower. For a lawn 1/4-acre to 1/2-acre, look for a gas or cordless mower. Some corded mowers can be good options, depending on the location of outdoor power outlets. For 1/2-acre to 1-acre lawn, a cordless self-propelled or gas self-propelled mower is a smart option. For lawns 1-acre or larger, a riding mower or a robotic mower is a wise choice.


When selecting a lawnmower, it is also important to consider the type of terrain you have. If your yard is level, a standard push mower or a front-wheel-drive self-propelled mower will work well. Mowers with free-spinning rear wheels which make it much easier to turn the mower as you mow your lawn. If your yard has a number of obstacles in your mowing path, be sure to select a push mower with large rear wheels, or a front-wheel-drive mower. This will help you mow with ease around trees, planting beds, and more. If you are going uphill frequently, or your lawn is sloped, a riding lawn mower is recommended. The larger back wheels and power will help you navigate these more challenging areas, allowing the mower to do the hard work, instead of you.

Handling Grass Clippings

Deciding how to dispose of the cut grass will help narrow your mower options. There are three choices. Side discharge mowers will disperse grass clippings back into the yard. Other mowers have bags that allow you to collect clippings and dispose of them separately. Mulching mowers cut grass into smaller pieces and redistribute them into the yard as mulch. Other mowers offer a combination of these features. Mowers that mulch or have a bagging system create a more clean look to your yard, but are pricier than simple side discharge mowers.

Another factor to consider with grass clippings is time. If you choose to bag your clippings, you will spend more time having to stop frequently to empty the grass from your mower’s bag into a collection bag.

Grass Height and Type

Depending on the time of year, you may want to keep your grass longer or shorter. Certain mowers will easily adjust the height of the mower deck. If this is an important feature to you, look for those specific types of mowers. You will also want to be aware of the type of grass or lawn you have. Grass that is thicker and more lush needs a more powerful mower than thin grass. So it is important to be sure that your mower can handle the thickness of your grass.


Comfort is an important feature since you will be using your mower for years to come. If you are choosing a walk-behind mower, be sure that it can be set at the right height for you. And be sure the tractor seat is comfortable. Be sure that you are physically capable of easily maneuvering the lawn mower you select so that you can mow your lawn with comfort and ease.


You will want to consider your budget for the initial lawn mower purchase, but also, the cost of maintaining your mower should be taken into consideration. If you purchase a gas-powered mower, be sure to budget for ongoing fuel costs, oil, and parts you will need such as spark plugs.

Taking these factors into consideration will help you select the perfect lawn mower for your lawn. No time to mow? No problem. Jack’s Lawn Care & Landscaping offers weekly lawn care services in Charlottesville. This includes mowing, trimming the perimeter of the property, edging garden beds, concrete services, and blowing off all debris. Click here to learn more about our services and get a free estimate.

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