The first step to a healthy and beautiful yard is having the right lawn mower, whether it’s a riding lawn mower, electric mower, or something in between. Use our Lawn Mower Buying Guide so you can landscape a lush and beautiful yard.

Find the Perfect Lawn Mower

Get the most picturesque grass on the block by using a lawn mower built for the job. We have one for every type of yard and terrain. We also carry the best industry brands, such as EGO, Kobalt and Craftsman.

Chart outlining which kinds of yards would correspond with various lawn mowers

Consider Lawn Size, Obstacles & Your Limits

  • Match the size of your lawn with a mower that's cut out for the work.
  • Consider the landscape of your lawn. If you have obstacles like trees, large exposed roots, stones, or winding gardens, look for extra features (like self-propelled front wheel drive) that can make navigating around these objects easier.
  • Think about your physical capabilities. During spring and summer, grass and sod can grow rapidly and might require cutting more than once a week, depending on the weather.

    Which Lawn Mower is Perfect for You?

    • Black reel lawn mower

      Reel Lawn Mower

      These are ideal for small lawns, like those under 2,000 sq. ft. Easy to manoeuvre around small trees and shrubs, they produce little noise and zero emissions.
    • Black and green electric lawn mower

      Electric Lawn Mower

      Get a comparable cut to gas lawn mowers, but with next to no emissions or noise. Electric lawn mowers require little effort and come with low maintenance and operating costs. They're available in either corded (lawns of up to 1/2 acre) or battery-powered (lawns of up to 1/3 acre) models.
    • Red push lawn mower

      Gas Lawn Mower

      Gas powered lawn mowers are excellent on a wide variety of terrains and landscapes, from flat lawns with obstacles to hilly yards with slopes and valleys, allowing you to cover a large area with a full tank of gas. They're easy to maintain and repair and come with a long and reliable lifespan. They also come with many additional features, such as mulching attachments.
    • Green and yellow lawn tractor

      Lawn Tractor

      If you've got a yard larger than 1/2 acre, lawn tractors are perfect for handling big terrain and obstacles. Choose between manual, automatic, or hydrostatic transmissions, making sure to find the deck size, engine horsepower, displacement, and torque that's right for the size and terrain of your yard. If you need to make small, tight turns, zero-turn models allow for a sharper turn radius. You can also add attachments for other tasks, like leaf and clipping bags, hauling landscape materials, spreading seeds, plowing snow, and more. Comfort is also very important for a machine that you'll spend hours on, so make sure to try sitting on the seat.

      You can also pick a battery-powered lawn tractor. More and more models using this technology will be coming on the market in the next few years.

    Pro Tip

    “Zero-turn” refers to a sub-type of lawn mowers and tractors that’s specially designed to cut very close to obstacles (e.g., flower beds, rocks, trees) so you don't have to trim all those corners and edges! And no uncut grass gets left behind thanks to tighter angle turns.

    Lawn Mower Tips and Tricks

  • Know When to Mow: Aim for the early morning or early evening when the full heat of the sun is less, and your grass won’t be as stressed.
  • Adjust the Height for Your Cut Grass:  Set your mower’s blades between 1-4”, depending on the season, condition of your lawn, and species of grass. If you have a putting green, set your blades to 1/2-1”.
  • Try to Avoid Moisture and Rain: It’s better to use your mower on a dry lawn so wet grass doesn’t clump up the machine.
  • Switch Up Your Mowing Path: Alternate directions on a weekly basis to avoid ruts on the lawn and to encourage uniform growth.
  • Keep Sharp Blades: Get the blades sharpened at the start of every season so they’re performing optimally, and replace them every 2-3 years.
  • Use Your Clippings: Mulch clippings and leaves to give your lawn an extra boost of nutrients, or collect them in a detachable bag and start a compost pile.
  • Get a Self-Propelled Mower for More Mobility: If your grass is fairly flat and has multiple obstacles, a self-propelled lawn mower can make the job much easier.
  • Get More Traction with Power-Assisted Drive: If your lawn has bumpy or hilly terrain, a mower with rear wheel drive provides proper traction.
  • Use Your Safety Handle: When the safety handle is released, the lawn mower automatically shuts off.
  • Let Accessibility Decide Between Push Button vs. Pull Cord: Consider your physical abilities when it comes to how your lawn mower needs to be started.
  • Use Caution When Handling Mower Blade: Only remove grass clumps from the blade when the lawn mower is turned off and cut off from its power source. Use a stick or broom handle instead of your hand in case the blades spring free unexpectedly.
  • General Use FAQ

    When possible, avoid cutting grass after a heavy rain. It increases the chances of slipping. Grass clippings can also clump together and negatively affect the blades.

    Wear steel-toed boots, or close-toed shoes at the very least. Also wear protective glasses in case any clippings or debris fly up at you.

    The best practice is to cut 1/3 of the grass’s height at a time. Shallow cutting can expose the roots and increase the chance of lawn disease.

    When appropriate, it is recommended that grass clippings be mulched and left to decompose rather than bagged and discarded. This can help improve soil quality and mineral content, which, in turn, can improve the health of your grass.

    Avoid mowing your lawn after long periods of drought. Grass can get frail and cutting it can further reduce moisture content and negatively affect the health of your lawn.

    No one cutting pattern is better than another. The important thing is to vary patterns from time to time to avoid ruts in the lawn and to promote uniform growth.

    Maintenance FAQ

    Many maintenance tips will be specific to the mower and included in the manual, but generally always check for low oil levels, air filter quality, blade tension, secureness, and sharpness.

    Position your mower on its side, but in a way that directs the carburetor upwards to discourage fuel or oil from entering and clogging the carburetor.

    When using your lawn mower for the first time after storage, always be sure to change the oil and check the spark plug before use. When checking the spark plug, look for sediment or carbon deposits between the spark plug contact points. Consult your manual for information on the proper spacing requirement for your mower. If carbon is present, remove it with fine grit sandpaper until bare metal is visible again.

    When taking your lawn mower out of storage and using it for the first time, be sure to check the air filter quality, fuel and fuel filter quality, and blade sharpness.

    Storage FAQ

    When putting away your lawn mower for the season, place it in a dry area to limit corrosion and rust. If a completely dry area is unavailable, be sure to place it in an area where moisture exposure is limited.

    Regardless of location, place a barrier (e.g., garbage bag, newspaper) between the mower and the ground so any leaking fuels or oils don’t affect the surface beneath.

    Before storage, be sure to fill the tank with a mixture of fuel and fuel stabilizer to limit fuel separation, oxidation, and moisture-induced corrosion. You may also want to consider premixed fuel that can be left in the engine all year long. 

    Clean any clumped or stuck clippings from underneath the mower (mower deck) before putting your lawn mower into storage.

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