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The Best Lawn Mowers For Small Gardens

It goes without saying, small gardens require small lawn mowers, however knowing which one to buy can be a challenge. Here are our top tips and advice to help you choose the right mower for your garden.

1) Storage Solutions

Often if you own a small garden, then space is at a premium, making storage a key consideration. Nobody wants a lawn mower to take up lots of room in your shed or garage. When buying a lawn mower, look for the storage solutions on the packaging. Lawn mowers that allow the handles to fold down are ideal as they require less space and allows them to be stored closer to walls.
If storage space is limited then, a lawnmower that can be hung on a hook from a wall like the Flymo Turbo Lite 270 could be a good option. Small lawn mowers that hang from walls free up floor space in the garage.
If you are planning on collecting the grass when you cut the lawn and storage space is limited, then a hover mower may be the best type of small lawn mower to buy. Grass collecting rotary mowers tend have detachable grass boxes which also require storage, while small hover mowers have the grass box built within the mower which can then be removed when the grass box is full.

2) Weight

If you store your lawn mower away from the garden and in a garage, then how easy it is to transport to and from the garden is a major factor to consider. Small electric lawn mowers are typically the lightest, while petrol powered machines are the heaviest. In this scenario, a small electric lawn mower may be the better option if you need to carry it to and from the lawn.
If you need to carry the lawn mower to and from the garden, then ensure that the lawn mower you buy is light enough to lift, and look for helpful features like transport wheels or carry handles like those found on the Flymo EasiStore 340. 

3) Cutting Width

Small gardens don’t need huge lawn mowers to cut the lawn quickly, however there is a balance to be reached. Buying a lawn mower with a very small cutting width will mean it will take longer to cut the lawn than a mower with a larger cutting width. When buying a lawn mower, consider how long you want to send cutting the lawn versus other factors like storage space. 

4) Shape

Not all lawns are a nice square or rectangle and smaller lawns can be irregularly shaped. This makes using wheeled lawn mowers difficult to use as they require a number of short backwards and forwards movements to cut close into the corners. Because of the nature of how a hover non collect mower works, it makes them easier to use in smaller, confined areas. 

5) Power Type

In some instances, trailing a cable to power an electric lawn mower can be difficult as there can be obstacles like trees and bushes in the way. In this case a cylinder mower might be the ideal small lawn mower for you, however you will need to cut the grass regularly as longer grass can be difficult to cut using a cylinder mower.
Battery lawn mowers are available, however they tend to be expensive compared to other small lawn mowers which often deters many people from buying them. Petrol lawn mowers could be used to cut small lawns, however they tend to be much heavier to manoeuvre and much noisier than their electrical equivalents. 

6) Budget

Buying a small lawn mower doesn’t need to cost a lot. Small electric lawn mowers can start from as little as £69.99 and can range up to and even over £100, typically lawn mowers that include grass collection boxes cost more. If you plan on cutting the lawn regularly then, you may not want to collect the grass, as finely cut grass will quickly break down and return to the lawn acting like natural fertiliser. Petrol lawn mowers on the other hand often have an opening price point of well over £100 which can be off putting. 

Where To Buy a Small Lawn Mower?

Available in most high street retailers and garden centres, Flymo is the one of the UKs leading Super Brands.

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