As you know, I spend a lot of my time reading, both print and online material. What you might not know about me yet is that I am also an avid gardener and also spend a lot of time working outside in both my yard and my garden. The smells of spring and the feeling of the fresh, cool dirt is intoxicating to me and I can hardly wait to be able to start working outside!
Like most self-ascribed nerds, I very rarely do anything without consulting a variety of different sources to make sure I am doing it right. For example, when I first purchased this bit of land and wanted to turn it from a weed-infested pasture into a lovely lawn, I read book after book after online article to get as much information as possible before starting such a massive project.
The best book I found by far (and the only one I actually purchased, as I usually just use my library card!) was one called Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard. I found it on Amazon for a great price, and let me tell you, it was worth every penny I spent on it. I still consult it regularly for all of my general lawn care questions. Really, I can’t recommend it enough.
Once I got my lawn established, I noticed that my old lawnmower just wasn’t doing a very good job anymore. It could be because I inherited it from my parents and remember mowing our lawn with it when I was a child! Really, it is that old. I have babied it and change the oil and spark plugs every year, but it just doesn’t work as efficiently as I would like it to.
This year, it looks like I am in the market for a new lawnmower. I started researching the different options last fall, thinking it would be a simple matter of walking into a garden store and picking up the first model I liked. Not so, my friends, not so. Do you have any idea how many different models of lawn mowers there are out there? I didn’t either.
Enter my new favorite website, www.lawnmowerjudge.com. I ran across this particular one just like I run across most of the new blogs I read-by conducting a search, clicking on a particular article and following links. Which is really just a better way of saying I stumbled across it by accident!
At any rate, this particular site has it all. There are reviews of every possible type of lawn mower, from the old-style push mowers to the cream-of-the-crop riding lawnmowers (which can also plow snow, move dirt, and maybe even make your coffee!). This in itself is so useful that I would like this website just for the reviews alone.
However, the Lawnmower Judge site also offers tools that will help you make a decision about what type of lawnmower will best suit your specific needs. For example, the author offers a list of questions to ask yourself before buying a mower, some of which may have never occurred to you ask, like:
- Do you hate the smell of gas? An electric mower might be right for you!
- How do you feel about power cords? Consider a battery mower!
- Is your lawn small enough that a reel-type push mower would work?
- How much effort do you want to have to put into mowing?
Once you have decided what type of mower you want, there are reviews of many different models within each category. This is very useful for someone like me who relies on a lot of information before making a decision!
I haven’t yet decide which lawnmower I am going to buy. I haven’t finished reading all of the reviews yet! However, now that I have access to this website, I know it is going to play a huge part in my final decision!