Push Mower Buyer's Guide
How to Pick the Perfect Push Lawn Mower
For homeowners with small, flat yards, push mowers are the tried-and-true tool to use for regularly mowing the lawn.
All push lawn mowers depend on the strength of the user to propel the mower forward. They might give you a bit of a workout, but they'll also provide you with plenty of power and efficiency for a budget-friendly price.
When deciding on a push lawn mower, you have one simple question to ask: how do you want to dispose of the dead grass?
You have three options for dealing with the grass clippings from a push lawn mower:
- Side discharge
- Rear bag
Side discharging is the most common and easiest way to dispose of grass debris. As you mow, the cut grass is ejected out the side of the lawn mower, leaving behind large clippings that eventually decay into your lawn.
If your grass is especially tall, you might need to rake up the excess clippings from your side-discharge mower, especially during the dog days of summer. The extra clippings could smother the grass below, leaving brown streaks in your lawn.
However, if your grass is short and you like the convenience of leaving your grass clippings right where they came from, a side-discharge push mower could be right for you.
Mulching lawn mowers are like knife-wielding chefs. They chop the grass into very fine fragments, releasing nutrient-rich nitrogen into your lawn much faster than the long clippings from a side-discharge mower.
You simply add a mulching plug into either the rear bag or side-discharge chute, preventing the grass from prematurely escaping. Then a special mulching blade hacks the captured grass into multiple pieces.
If you want to nourish your lawn with nature's own form of fertilizer, consider a push mower designed for mulching.
To get a perfectly clean, freshly-manicured look for your lawn, rear-bagging is the way to go. As you mow, the cut grass is ejected into a bag behind the mower.
Once the bag is filled with clippings, you either dump them into a compost pile or yard waste bag.
For yard care enthusiasts who are concerned about the look of their lawns, a push mower that can be fitted with a rear bag offers the most control over where those grass clippings land.