Below we have compiled a very useful short list of things to look out for when choosing, or buying a lawn mower that leaves a small or no carbon footprint.
Some tips you could apply to gas mowers in general, but some are specific to environmentally friendly lawn mowers – like corded and cordless mowers.
Not only will this list save you time, but it should also help you choose the best lawn mower for your intended use.
10 Tips For Choosing An Eco Friendly Lawn Mower
1. Be aware of the different types of eco friendly green mowers
Gas mowers are traditional lawn mowers, and it’s fair to say that the gas itself and the burning of the gas isn’t good for the environment.
When it comes mowers that leave little or no impact on the environment, your choice are:
- Electric lawn mowers
- Cordless lawn mowers
- Push reel mowers
You can read our guide here on eco friendly electric/corded, and cordless mowers.
2. Check whether they actually carry a carbon-free guarantee
Whilst the above types of mowers are usually for conservationists, actually check what guarantee the company gives you in the product description.
Something along the lines of ‘this lawn mower leaves zero carbon footprint’ should be stated by the company – or a similar environmental guarantee.
3. Check the deck size/blade cutting width
Lawn mowers come in different widths in terms of the width of the blade.
16, 18, 20, 21 inches are all common widths that you find on a mower.
4. Check the range, and number of cutting depths
The cutting depth is usually adjusted with a lever on the side of the mower.
- The minimum and maximum depths of cut
- The total number of cutting depths it offers
5. Check how the cut grass is discharged from the mower
There might be one, two or three ways the mower offers to help you discharge cut grass that has passed through the blade:
- Side discharge
- Back with no bag discharge – leaving mulch on the ground
- Back with bag/catcher discharge so you catch the mulch in the bag
Tips Specific To Cordless/Battery Operated Lawn Mowers
6. Volts is important on the cordless battery operated models
Generally, the more volts the batteries, the more powerful the mower. But, also check the maximum Amps in the batteries.
Batteries could come in 40, 60 and 80 volt models.
7. Check if there are separate warranties on the mower and the batteries
Usually there will be separate warranties on the mower itself, and the batteries.
Another tip with warranties – if going through a third party seller, get in writing if and how that will effect your warranty, and enforcing it if required.
8. Check how long – as an estimate – the batteries will last you on both thin and thick grass
Instead of asking the surface area of grass a cordless mower can cut, instead look at how long the batteries last and your cutting speed (along with the thickness of your grass, and go from there.
As an example, the batteries might last 45 minutes fully charged on thick grass, while on thin grass they might last up to 70.
Tips Specific To Electric Lawn Mowers
9. Amps is important on the electric corded models
Generally, the higher the amps, the more powerful and bigger the engine.
10. Consider getting at least one extension cord and potentially an extension cord reel to manage the cord
You’ll be able to do very little with a corded electric mower without an extension cord to extend your range.
Get at least one extension cord, and consider getting a cord reel to organise the cord.