Late this summer, our gas powered lawn mower self propel feature quit working. We had problems with it before that, so we decided it was time for a new lawn mower. After doing some research, we got the Ryobi 20 inch 40-volt Brushless Lithium-Ion Cordless Battery Self-Propelled lawn mower. You can purchase this lawn mower without the self -propelled feature and it cost over $100 less. However, after being without self propelled, we decided it was worth it to pay extra. We have some slopes in our yard and only women doing the yard work, so we decided this was necessary. We had looked into electric lawnmowers and the old traditional totally manual lawn mower. We didn’t think we could use the non-motorized version, so we opted for a battery powered mower. We had one a long time ago when I lived in Florida and really liked it. However, the motor died after three and a half years and they didn’t make the parts to fix it. We decided that battery mowers had improved a lot since then, so we went with this model. It is easy to use and push. In fact, my sister used it once and she never used the gas lawn mower. My mom didn’t think it cut as smooth (a few blades were poking up after the lawn was mowed). Since we got it at the end of the summer, we didn’t get to use it much to really make that determination.
When we mow the lawn, we usually just mulch. That is better for the environment because you aren’t adding to the landfill (although our neighborhood does pick up lawn waste and hopefully that gets turned into compost). Mulching also helps your yard by adding nutrients back into the ground (when it decomposes) and helps block weeds from growing. Today, I used the basket to catch the leaves and grass while I mowed. Then I used the “mulch” to cover our vegetable beds and flower beds. This adds natural nutrients back to the soil and protects our perennials from winter weather. After I dumped the leaves into the beds, we used a rake to cover the gardens. In the spring, we will work the decomposed leaves into the soil.
At the lower end of our yard, more leaves had accumulated, so I had to raise the lawn mower to it’s highest setting and also rake the leaves out in a thinner covering in order to mow them up. Then I went over that area a second time. We had enough from the backyard to cover our four raised vegetable beds and one of our perennial gardens. There were already a bunch of leaves in one of our flower gardens, so we just left them there. We only have one dogwood tree in the front yard, but there are a lot of trees in our neighbors’ yards.