, hey, what's up y'all now in this video, let me start by saying I am NOT gon na tell you which brand to buy.
I, of course, have my favorites, but all in all, if there's a company making quality machines for us di wires, then I like them all now, some guys they collect cars, motorcycles, ATVs jet skis boats me, I collect lawn mowers and in today's video I'm gon na.
Take you through some of the features that I recommend, if you're looking to purchase a lawn mower things to consider based on what I've seen in my own lawns, both cool season and warm season, as well as what I've seen in our community of thousands of lawn Care nuts, now I've gone ahead and placed convenient time stamps in the description below for those of you that like to skip ahead, but of course I hope, you'll watch the entire video and get something out of it.
Quick caveat here: I'm not gon na talk about robotic mowers in this video because that's kind of not a DIY thing and I'm a DIY err and I'm also not gon na talk about real mowers, because I just believe that's more of an advanced strategy and something That I would need to dedicate an entire separate video to so look for that coming soon.
The last thing is, I'm not going to necessarily talk about battery powered mowers.
However, most of those are 20 21 22 inch, and so when I go through the different parameters and give the advice that I plan to give today, if you decide that you want to go battery, you'll still be able to use a lot of what I talked About here now, the first consideration, of course, is the size of your lawn.
If you'll remember in last week's video, I talked about measuring your lawn as the first key to unlock everything else when it comes to lawn care, and in that video we talked about fertilizing.
Your lawn and knowing how much fertilizer to buy, but when it comes to purchasing a mower, the lawn size is important in knowing how much time you're gon na need to put in each week to get your Aten stun.
Now, from my experience, most folks mow their lawn a minimum of one time per week, sometimes twice, but mowing also includes edging weed, whacking and cleanup.
And if this process takes more than about 75 minutes from start to finish, it becomes more of a chore rather than a time of enjoying being outside.
So I use that 75 minutes is my standard here now, of course, this isn't true for everyone.
Some of us enjoy mowing hours and hours and hours, but for the most part there are times when you just need to get out and get it done in a workman like fashion and 75 minutes just seems to be about the tolerance level that most people have And so I'm gon na start with the twenty one or two two inch standard, walk-behind, mower, 21 or 22 inch walk behind mowers are what you're gon na find at most big-box stores.
I recommend this size mower if your lawn is 8,000 square feet or smaller. 00:02:26
Additionally, if your lawn is bigger than 2,500 square feet, you should definitely invest in a mower that is self-propelled.
This basically means it has Drive wheels.
This makes it a true walk-behind mower and not a push mower and the reason I recommend a self-propelled mower, as this goes back to enjoying the mow if it becomes too much like work, you're not going to want to do it, whereas if you enjoy it, you'll Want to do it more and the more you mow the healthier your lawn will grow.
Now, when you do get a self-propelled mower, I recommend rear-wheel drive.
This is because the front wheels of your walk behind mower have to come off the ground. 00:02:59
Every time you turn or they'll often come off the ground when you hit a bump, if your mower is front-wheel drive, it's those front wheels that are gon na, come off the ground and you're gon na lose the drive and you're gon na have to push through The turn, however, if your mower is rear-wheel drive, the drive wheels will stay engaged around turns and even over bumps, typically rear-wheel drive.
Self-Propelled mowers are more expensive, but I promise you it's worth the extra investment now.
In most cases, 21 22 inch rear wheel, drive, self-propelled mowers or going to have the option to bag, mulch and side discharge, and I highly recommend you get a mower that offers all three of these, because there's gon na be times when you're gon na need to Use them, I recommend you mulch your clippings, through 90 % of your modes return those clippings back into the lawn and let those nutrients be recycled side discharge may be needed.
However, if your lawn gets overgrown, maybe when you're on vacation or your miss MO - or you get a lot of rain for weeks on end and you have to get out and cut the blonde overgrown, that's when site discharge will be a lot better for you and Then bagging is needed if your lawn has a disease.
We're gon na, want you to catch your clippings or if you have leaves that you need to clean up in the fall.
That's also a good opportunity to have a bagger on your mower.
Lastly, is the engine size back 10, 15 years ago, when I first started doing this, I would tell folks looking at these walk behind mowers, you want a minimum of a 5 horsepower engine.
This would be enough to keep the mower sufficiently powered through thicker grass or if you had to go up a slight slope.
However, some time ago they stopped rating these smaller engines and horsepower, and they went strictly to CCS, which stands for cubic centimetres of displacement.
Now people and argue in the comments below if they like and I think that'd be a lot of fun, but there is no real way to transpose horsepower to C C's.
It just doesn't work.
So what I typically have said to folks these days is you want to look for a mower again with all the options that I've recommended here you want that mower to be somewhere around 160 CCS.
A couple tree less couple, two or three more you'll be good to go.
I can tell you, if you're taking my advice here and you're, getting one of these rear wheel, drive self-propelled mowers, it's gon na be real close to that hundred and sixty CC standards.
Some manufacturers will add a couple ticks extra just so they can talk about that in their marketing, but they're all gon na come in right around that power point now.
What will it cost for this mower, probably somewhere north of $ 400, to get the mower with all of these options that I'm recommending? Of course, there are other options that you might want to get such as electric start or blade stop, and in that case you could pay upwards of eight hundred and fifty or even nine hundred dollars for a 21 or 22 inch mower.
The good news here is: this is an extra investment.
I understand that, but this mower should last you 8 to 10 years, and if you look at it over the total cost of ownership, it's well worth it to be able to enjoy the mow, especially if you're somebody that's committing to getting a nice lawn and committing To mowing, as often as I recommend ok now, let me just offer a little bit of clarity here.
Ok, the standards that I'm using here in this video for lawn sizes and size of the lawn mower that you should get these are not hard and fast rules.
These are just my opinions and suggestions, because listen you'll see me running my 42 inch zero-turn here on my 10,000 square foot lawn, which is actually 8500.
I'm just too scared to admit that I have a lawn that small, but that's ok, because with the ZT on this lawn, I can get the whole thing done, with a double cut in like 30 minutes and right now and coming up into our rainy season.
When the st.
Aubrey elite takes off I'll, be mowing my lawn every three days so having something like this at my disposal, especially if I get to it with some weeknight lawn work, is very important.
The key is I'm just trying to give you some baselines for you to make your decision, whether you want to move up or down depending on how much you want to enjoy the mow and how you want to enjoy it next, let's look at the 30 inch Walk behind now, there's not too many choices in this relatively new category, but it's one that's important! I of course have the Toro time, which is the one I've been using for several years now, and I would recommend 30 inch mowers of this type for lawns 8,000.
To 15,000 square feet again, keeping with our 75 minutes of total mow time likely with a larger lawn you're gon na have more weed whacking and edging to do so.
Anything more than 15,000 square feet and you'll probably be over that 75 minute time frame, just FYI, because if you do like to walk, you could easily use a 30 inch mower up to 25,000 square feet and have a great time with it now, because these have Two blades in a wider deck, you do get a cleaner cut now.
The other thing here is, as these mowers will always be, self-propelled and rear-wheel drive. 00:07:18
That's because they're just so heavy there really isn't a way that you could push this mower.
But one thing to consider is, even though this mower is heavier, it's still not too heavy to transport by yourself or move around easily or get underneath it to sharpen the blades.
You can expect to pay right around $ 1,000 for a mower of this size for homeowners.
Up for one of the commercial versions in the price can go up, but I rarely recommend getting the commercial versions for homeowners because you're just not going to be using the lawn mower day in and day out doing 10 or 15 lawns with it. 00:07:47
Lastly, let's talk about riding mowers, primarily zero, turns and tractors, I'm not going to do a great deal of comparison between these two different platforms today, but I will say this: the tractor is much more of a leisurely mode and the zero turn is much more of An active mode - you guys have heard me, use those terms before when I talked about self propulsion and walked behind mowers and I'll link up here in the I to the comparison I did between the Honda hrx and the Toro super recycler, so you can get a Refresher there, but, in short, the zero turn, is much quicker and much more highly maneuverable, whereas the tractor is I'm gon na, say more chill, it's not necessarily more comfortable, but it's definitely more chill.
It also offers more flexibility to tow things around and pull implements, even though you could do that with the zero turn.
A tractor is much more practical for that type of work.
Now one thing to note: if you're looking to upgrade to a zero turn or a tractor, almost all of these come standard with side discharge.
Only so if you want to bag, our mulch you're definitely going to have to invest over and above the cost of the mower to get that option.
Another thing to consider - and that is for those of you that are mowing a lawn over 15,000 square feet, but like sixteen or seventeen thousand and you're.
Looking at that 30 inch time, master versus upgrading to one of these riding options is that the riding mowers they're not easy to get underneath and they're not easy to move, and in fact, if you're gon na move it or take it somewhere, you're gon na have To have a trailer to do that.
The other thing with tractors and zero turns is to sharpen the mower blades.
You can either take the deck off, which I have found not to be too handy or you have to invest in a mower jack, which is something that I have done so again.
Another investment just to be able to sharpen the blades. 00:09:23
The next thing is: there's a lot more maintenance that comes with a zero turn or a tractor, for example, just tire pressure alone can change the cut.
You have to monitor the tire pressure on these or your cut could be uneven without you even realizing it, whereas with the plastic solid wheels that are on the walk, behinds, that's really never a concern.
A zero turn with a 42 inch deck can chew through 15,000 square feet in under 40 minutes, even with obstacles and the average lawn tractor with the same size, deck probably would only take 50 minutes or so still, though, with trimming and edging.
You are for sure.
Well, under that 75 minute standard from here, upgrading the deck size as a matter of your personal preference, I run a 42 inch, John Deere on my 25,000 square foot project lawn and enjoy a good 70 to 75 minutes of just constant mowing.
But I've also run my 54 inch lawn tractor out at the freedom factory, which is a hundred thousand square feet and enjoyed four straight hours of mowing.
When you get to this level, the options are infinite.
You can get done really fast by getting a larger mower or you can get done a little bit slower by getting a smaller one.
Just remember the more obstacles you have in your lawn, the more difficult it is to get around them with a wider depth, and I'm gon na reiterate here.
If you like to mow fast and furious and be up on it and be moving all the time.
You're gon na want to go with a zero-turn, but if you like to chill a bit while also being able to pull around carts and fun stuff like that and feel like a farmer, then you're gon na want to go with a lawn tractor.
And that's where I'll leave you with this when it comes to tractors and zero turns the more comfortable to mow the more often you'll show, because remember I've been talking about mowing once a week, but really when we get into the heavy growing season which most of Us are coming into now: it's really best to mow every three or four days and that's another consideration that you want to make.
Maybe you won't have to edge, trim and blow every single time, but you're definitely going to have to mow. 00:11:03
So if you can get it done quicker, especially on a Wednesday night when daylight is a little bit shorter, because you work late that day, that's when these considerations can really come into play so with that I'm Ellen Haney lawn care nut.
I hope this video has been helpful to you.
Leave your questions and comments below I'll, see you .
Now let me just show.
I have to show this every once in a while, because people think that you can't stripe st.
Augustine grass, you can see beautiful, st.
Augustine grass. 00:11:48
I actually striped it with this mower right here.
No stripe kit, just the mower itself, some of you're going look where the stripes al - I don't see them now.
I got some cleanup to do here, so don't judge, but I want to make sure I do this before the the Sun gets out of position. 00:12:04
So you can see now when you come over here, whoa, look at that beauteous Maximus, and this is something I always have to remind you guys of in order to see lawn stripes, there's two things that you have to do.
The first thing.
The first thing you have to do is you have to have some way to press the grass down each your each pass.
You make you press the grass down this way and then you make another pass and you press it.
This way that way the light source - in this case the Sun, can reflect off of the grass differently. 00:12:34
So what you're seeing right here is the Sun is behind me.
It's back up there and now the just just the fact that I have a heavy mower with big tires and it's in mulch mode.
It's pressed the grass different ways, and now you can see that the Sun is reflecting off of that.
So the light is reflecting like this one, the mowers over there - it's actually, I just parked it there, because it looks good.
This is not sponsored either.
I do this for love, actually it that pass right.
There is one where I went that way.
That's why it's lighter, and then this pass here is one where I came this way. 00:13:07
That's why it's darker and the Sun is reflecting off of the grass and different ways to show the stripes, and this is flora, tam st.
Augustine grass right here.
You can do it with pretty much any Saint Augustine, but I just wanted to show if your, if your grass is properly irrigated and it's properly fed, it's got enough nitrogen in it.
It's pliable and malleable enough.
You can get st.
Augustine grass to strike.
So I just figured I'd, show you that I don't know where I'm gon na fit this in in a video, but I feel like I had to do this every once in a while, because people ask me why I don't strive anymore now.
It doesn't last like as long as Kentucky bluegrass would our turf type tall fescue, but still pretty impressive being as nobody stripes their lawn around here: , [ Applause, ], , [ Applause, ], .