Spring Lawn Care Buyers Guide
Ready to get to work, but need some help choosing equipment? It doesn’t have to be confusing anymore. We’ve assembled this guide to help you get started this spring.
Whether you have a small yard to mow or handle multiple commercial clients, you need the best equipment to get the job done. We line our shelves with the leading brands in lawn care – Exmark, Toro, Stihl, Cub Cadet, Honda, and many more.
If you have questions about our products or services, don’t hesitate to contact us.
How to Choose Spring Lawn Care Equipment
Before settling on a lawnmower, the most important questions to ask yourself are: how much yard am I mowing, and how quickly do I need to get the job done?
If you’re searching for a new mower to take care of your small-to-mid sized yard, a push mower could be your best bet. If you’re mowing one large yard consistently, or various sized yards for a variety of jobs, you’ll want a riding or stand-on mower.
Choosing the Right Push Mower
When searching for a new push mower to keep your yard looking fresh, there’s a few qualifying factors to consider. These include:
- The type of terrain you’re mowing
- Whether to go with a gas-powered or electric-powered mower
- How you want your clippings to be disposed of
A typical push mower is best equipped for use on a half-acre of ground or less, or for spot-mowing those hard-to-reach areas your riding mower can’t access.
For hilly or uneven yards, a self-propelled push mower like the Toro Recycler is a good solution, as its 11” back wheels and self-propel front wheel drive easily takes on tough terrain. It also comes with an innovative design that allows for vertical storage, giving you a little extra space in your garage or shed.
Electric vs. Gas-powered Mowers
There are pros and cons to both electric and gas-powered mowers, so it’s important to take them all into consideration before purchasing your next push mower. Let’s consider the following:
- No oil to change
- No exhaust emissions
- Quieter than gas mowers
- No gasoline to fill
- May not handle dense grass as well
- Battery may not last a very long time
- Heavier than electric mowers
- More durable than most electric mowers
- Can handle dense grass with ease
- Louder than electric mowers
- Emissions can be bad for environment
- Require routine engine upkeep & repair
Ultimately, if you have a decent sized yard and don’t mind a little maintenance, gas-powered mowers are probably the best option. For a great middle-of-the-road gas mower, consider something like the Honda 21” Walk Behind Mower with a 4-in-1 Versamow System™.
If your lawn is relatively small and flat, or you don’t feel comfortable with the upkeep of working on an engine, consider an electric mower. The walk-behind Stihl Battery-Powered Mower is an economical, lightweight, and quieter option than gas mowers.
Grass Disposal Options
For grass disposal, today’s push mowers typically either bag the clippings, or mulch them back into the lawn to help keep it healthy. Others like this Toro walk-behind mower allow you to choose either option.
Choosing Riding and Stand On Mowers
When you’ve got plenty of ground to cover and need to get the job done quickly, choosing a riding mower or stand-on mower is the right decision. Thankfully, you’ve got a lot of options.
Mower or Tractor?
If your yard is just a little too big for a push mower, say if it takes you more than two hours to finish, a small riding mower is your first step up. Riding mowers like this Cub Cadet CC30H are ideal for these smaller jobs.
For somewhat bigger jobs, your next step up is a lawn tractor. Lawn tractors come with more features, horsepower, and typically wider moving decks to cover more ground quickly. They also offer more comfort if you’re spending more time in the seat.
For covering a lot of ground that includes obstacles, sharp angles, uneven terrain, etc., nothing gets the job done like a zero-turn mower, also called a zero-radius mower. Along with more precise turning, zero-turn mowers like this Toro Timecutter typically offer faster speeds than riding and lawn tractors.
Models like this Exmark Stand On mower are built ruggedly and can handle moisture and impacts, and incorporate a foldable operator platform to take up less storage space.
Choosing a Trimmer
Similar to choosing a mower, selecting the right trimmer all comes down to the task at hand. Whether you are a homeowner who trims the front hedge a couple times a year, or a seasoned contractor with numerous clients, picking the right trimmer will make the job a lot smoother.
Electric vs. Gas-powered Trimmers
You must make the decision between a gas-powered or electric trimmer. Gas-powered models like this Stihl trimmer offer better portability and more power, but with more noise, and they might get a little heavy by the end of the day.
Electric-powered trimmers are ideal for smaller properties with access to an electrical outlet, although they typically have a little less power than gas-powered trimmers. Their light weight is a bonus, however, and battery-powered trimmers make mobility a non-issue.
Hedge Trimmers & Blade Length
Hedge trimmers also fall into the gas-powered or electric categories, but it’s all about the length of the blade. Longer cutting blades can do a more even job, but can be difficult to handle; shorter blades can be more precise, but take longer to finish the job. Ultimately you’ll want to try a few and see what works best for your needs.
Choosing a Blower
Picking a leaf blower will also give you choices between electric or gas-powered, and portability options of handheld, backpack, or wheeled blowers. The biggest factors to take into account when choosing a blower are:
- Size of the property
- What materials you’re moving
- Whether the area in which you’re working has noise restrictions
For commercial jobs or occasions where you’re moving wet leaves or other heavy materials, models like this Stihl Back Pack Blower have the power and portability you’ll need.
Smaller properties, or simply clearing away dry grass clippings, can be handled easily with this Stihl Handheld Blower.
And for the biggest jobs around, nothing finishes the task faster than a walk-behind model like this Billy Goat Wheeled Blower, powered by a 393cc Honda engine.
Stop into Buckeye Power Sales and get prepared for spring! Whether your task is big or small, we’ve got the tools you need to tackle the coming season.