A healthy, well-kept lawn is a sight to behold, but some gardeners aren’t just looking to keep their own gardens green. Eco-friendly lawnmowing is becoming more popular among gardeners, and there are several schools of thought on the greenest way of mowing and caring for a lawn.
While fertilisers will help your lawn grow and pesticides will keep it clear of weeds and parasites, many of the chemicals commonly used for lawncare can be dangerous or even toxic to the surrounding environment.
Some common lawn pesticides may be carcinogenic when concentrated, so use alternative methods like traps or regular weeding instead. Similarly, concentrated fertilisers can cause algae blooms that choke waterways and ecosystems around your lawn, so use fertilisers sparingly where possible.
No more spewing petrol fumes or spilling oil on the grass. Electric lawnmowers like Lawnmowers Direct’s Bosch Rotak range can be run off the mains power supply and are altogether quieter, more power-efficient and cleaner to run. For small gardens, mains-fed mowers like the Bosch Rotak 36 R are ideal, providing sufficient cutting performance and power to handle small and medium-sized lawns. Smaller models like the Bosch Rotak 32 R are lightweight, better for less active users, and quite suitable for smaller gardens.
If working in a sloping or uneven garden, the inherent lack of power in electric motors can be solved with a hover mower like the Flymo Easi Glide 300 1300w 30cm Hover Lawnmower. For larger gardens without easy access to plugs consider a cordless battery mower like the Bosch Rotak 43 LI Ergo-Flex Cordless. Powered by high performance lithium-ion batteries and equipped with Bosch’s patent Ergo-Flex system, cordless lawnmowers can be run off greener power sources and still provide the range and flexibility you require from a petrol lawnmower.
Electric mowers still require power from somewhere, however, and depending on your circumstances that power could still be coming from a coal or gas-fired power plant.
That’s why the greenest form of power generation is old-fashioned elbow grease, with the range of hand-propelled push mowers from Bosch and Husqvarna sold by Lawnmowers Direct. At the top end of the scale there’s the Husqvarna Hi-cut Hand Propelled Cylinder Mower, with a 40cm cutting blade and a hardened steel cylinder cassette.
These mowers have all the features of power lawnmowers, with durable plastic wheels, adjustable cutting height and an optional grass catching box (in the case of the Husqvarna Hit-cut this will have to be purchased separately). At just 8.7kg the mower is light enough for anyone cutting small or medium-sized gardens, if they’re feeling athletic. At the lower end of this category there’s the Bosch AHM 38 G Hand Push Cylinder Lawnmower, which has a built-in grass catching tray and retains the robustness and ease of use that makes these lawnmowers attractive. For a truly green lawn, the Bosch AHM 38 G is an excellent choice.
Of course, logically, if you’re going to use electricity, you might as well use it as efficiently as possible. Robot lawnmowers are more efficient than humans behind a mower as they’re lighter and follow pre-set and efficient paths, and in addition they take all the stress out of mowing in general. Robot mowers like Husqvarna’s Automower 310 and Automower 105 have built-in energy saving features and can be set to run autonomously in energy-efficient patterns.
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