10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Electric Lawn Mower

Maintaining a lush and healthy lawn requires regular mowing, and an electric lawn mower can be an excellent choice for this task. These eco-friendly machines are quieter, produce fewer emissions, and are generally easier to maintain than their petrol-powered counterparts. To ensure you get the most out of your electric lawn mower, here are ten valuable tips to keep in mind.

Select the Right Electric Mower

Before you start mowing, make sure you have the right electric mower for your lawn. Consider the size of your yard, the type of terrain, and whether you want a corded or cordless model. Corded mowers are great for small yards, while cordless ones provide more freedom of movement for larger areas. Check out our 40V battery-operated lawnmowers here!

Keep Your Blades Sharp

Sharp mower blades are essential for a clean and healthy cut. Dull blades can tear the grass, making it more susceptible to disease and pests. Regularly check your mower’s blades and sharpen or replace them as needed, usually once a year or more depending on usage.

Set the Right Mowing Height

Adjust the mower’s cutting height to match the needs of your lawn. During the growing season, a slightly higher cut (about 2.5 to 3 inches) can help your grass develop deeper roots and retain moisture. In the cooler months, you can lower the blade for a shorter cut.

Mow When the Grass is Dry

Mowing wet grass can be challenging and can lead to uneven cuts and clogs in your mower. Aim to mow when the grass is dry, typically in the morning or late afternoon, to get the best results.

Maintain Your Mower

Proper maintenance is crucial to keep your electric mower running smoothly. Regularly clean the undercarriage to prevent grass buildup, and inspect the air filter, spark plug, and oil (if applicable) according to your manufacturer’s recommendations.

Mind the Cord

If you have a corded electric mower, be mindful of the extension cord. Use an outdoor-rated, heavy-duty extension cord that can handle the mower’s power requirements. Always keep the cord behind you and away from the mower’s path to avoid accidentally cutting it.

Alternate Your Mowing Pattern

To prevent soil compaction and create an even lawn, change your mowing pattern regularly. If you mow north to south one week, mow east to west the next. This helps the grass stand upright and reduces the risk of ruts.

Practice Mulching (in the drier months)

Mulching involves leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. These clippings can provide essential nutrients to your lawn, acting as a natural fertiliser. Just make sure your mower has a mulching feature to break down clippings into smaller pieces. And only mulch in the drier months (from December – March).

Be Mindful of Battery Life (Cordless Mowers)

If you have a cordless electric mower, keep an eye on the battery life. Charge it fully before use, and if your yard is large, consider investing in a second battery so you can swap them out if needed.

Store Your Mower Properly

When you’re done mowing for the season or storing your mower for an extended period, take the time to clean it thoroughly. Store it in a dry, cool place, and disconnect the battery (if applicable) to extend its lifespan.

 

An electric lawn mower can make lawn care more eco-friendly and convenient. By following these ten tips, you can ensure that your mower remains in top condition, your lawn stays healthy, and you get the most out of your investment. With proper care and attention, your electric mower can keep your yard looking pristine for years to come. And if you’re after any help when it comes to Powerworks 40V mowers, get in touch!

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