It’s almost time to officially sunset summer, but certain parts of the country still experience spring and summer-like conditions well into the winter months. Lawns are still growing, and no matter the weather, lawn care is a year-round job. The work you put into your yard in the late summer and fall affects what springs up when spring blooms the following year. With homeowners wanting to go green, one of the most beneficial purchases you can make for your yard is an electric lawn mower.
Types of electric lawn mowers
Electric lawn mowers are available in two options, each with its own pros and cons. Many reviewers agree if you’re caring for a smaller yard like a townhome, zero-lot or any small- to medium-sized yard, an electric lawn mower is ideal.
A corded lawn mower must be plugged into a power outlet to function, which is one of the few drawbacks of this style. Corded mowers maintain the same power output for the duration of your mowing session, resulting in even performance across the yard. The main concern is watching for the cord so you don’t run over it, but if you’ve operated a vacuum, it’s the same motion — just with more power.
Cordless electric lawn mowers, which many reviewers prefer, operate on battery power. Much like a gas-powered mower, these have full range of motion and no cord. There’s difficulty with even performance, especially in thicker areas, which can be addressed with additional passes. Purchasing additional battery packs takes care of running out of battery life mid-lawn. This purchase can make an electric lawn mower seem more expensive on the front end; however, with less maintenance over time it easily pays for itself.
Benefits of electric lawn mowers
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 800 million gallons of gas are used annually operating gasoline-powered lawn equipment. The amount of air pollutants produced using a gas-powered mower for one hour is the equivalent of eight new cars traveling approximately 55 miles per hour for the same timeframe! Using electric lawn mowers eliminates these emissions, reducing your carbon footprint. You’re on your way to a clean, green thumb. Below are a few more benefits of electric lawn mowers:
• Flexibility. Electric mowers are lighter and easier to maneuver than gas-powered options.
• Quieter. Electric mowers have very little sound output.
• Cost benefit. The cost is similar at time of purchase.
• Easy start. Instead of the starter pulleys, which can be difficult, electric mowers have a push-button start.
• Less maintenance. There is no need to buy gas, replace spark plugs, change oil filters or oil changes.
• Environmental impact. Without gasoline powering the machine, there is less carbon monoxide, other hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds released into the atmosphere. All of these impair lung function and inhibit plant growth.
Give up gas, get a green and clean lawn
Despite initial issues with early models, many reviewers say electric lawn mowers now rival the performance of traditional, gas-powered options. With all of the available benefits to homeowners, and the environment, it’s a great option. Are you up to make a green, eco-friendly choice to give new life to your yard? Give your neighbors lawn envy, living green and clean.