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Riding mower

Need a new lawn mower this summer? Whether your old one broke down or it’s just time for an upgrade, Mower Source has the lawn mower you need. We can also help you decide between buying a riding mower versus the more traditional push mower. See our lawn mower buying guide for riding mowers and push mowers below.

Why buy a riding mower?

Do you have a large acreage? Lots of hilly terrain that makes it difficult to use a standard push mower? A riding mower may be the best way to mow the lawn without breaking a sweat or breaking your back.

Riding mowers are self-powered, which means you don’t have to waste energy trying to push the mower up hills and pull it back from going too fast downhill.

They also make it easier to mow land larger than one acre. Although it’s tiring to push a mower on a large area of land, the riding mower never quits–at least until you run out of gas.

Riding mowers can handle thick or damp grass better than a push mower. The riding mower also has a larger bag for grass clippings, which means you shouldn’t have to stop and empty the bag while mowing the lawn. Since a riding mower is heavier than a push mower, it can handle rougher terrain, such as occasional weed patches and brush.

Why buy a push mower?

Do you have a limited budget and a smaller lawn? A standard push mower may be a more economical choice. Although push mowers require more effort to mow the lawn, they are smaller and can get into tighter spaces, as well as maneuver around landscaping features, retaining walls, trees, and gardens.

Since a push mower is lighter in weight, it’s a little easier on your lawn. Plus its smaller size makes it easier to store.

If you have a lawn with steep slopes, you might want to look at self-propelled walk-behind mowers. They are less likely to tip on steep slopes than a riding mower. Plus, the extra power assist makes it easier to get up hills with the mower.

Lawn Mowers

Whether you’re looking for a riding mower or a push mower, MowerSource.com has exactly the lawn mower you need for your lawn and budget. We offer free shipping to the lower 48 states and no tax on your purchase (outside of MN). We carry only the best lawn mowers, from name brands like Ariens, Husqvarna, and Toro. Every lawn mower is backed by a manufacturer’s guarantee!

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fertilized grass

If you want to keep your lawn green and healthy, you’ll need to feed the lawn the nutrients it needs to thrive. When to fertilize the lawn depends partly on which part of the country you live in, which type of grass you have, the health of the soil, and other factors. But for most lawns, the following fertilizing tips will get you headed in the right direction.

1. Give it 5.

Most lawns need about 5 applications of fertilizer per year. Start in the spring when the soil reaches about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This is typically when the lilacs are starting to blossom and the grass comes out of hibernation.

Fertilize again about four weeks later (typically in early to mid-May) and then every six to eight weeks after that. Fall fertilizing is still important, since the roots are still going down, and they need the proper nourishment.

2. Water it.

Your lawn needs enough water in order to absorb and use the nutrients in the fertilizer. Some fertilizers require you to water the lawn before or after applying the fertilizer, for best results. Read the directions before application.

3. Don’t overdo it.

Too much fertilizer can backfire on you. Go easy on the application, and only stick to the amount recommended on the fertilizer label. To spread the fertilizer evenly over the lawn, do a once-over with half the recommended amount of fertilizer. Then spread the second half and cover the lawn perpendicular to the direction you spread for the first application.

4. Use the right fertilizer.

Slow-release fertilizers last longer, which means you can wait longer between applications. Don’t use slow-release fertilizers in the late growing season, however, since you don’t want to stimulate too much growth in late autumn.

Lawn Mowers

Keep your lawn healthy this summer with a new lawn mower from MowerSource.com. We carry only the best brands in the industry: Ariens, Husqvarna, and Toro. Our lawn mowers are guaranteed to last. Mower Source offers the best prices available, with free shipping and excellent customer service to back up our products. Give us a try. You’ll be glad you did! Shop for lawn mowers online or give us a call at (855) 636-3381 to speak with someone who can help you find the right lawn mower to meet your needs.

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Mowing lawn

The heat of summer and dry weather can be tough on your lawn. Here are some tips to keep your lawn green and healthy this summer, despite the heat and periods of drought.

1. Don’t neglect maintenance.

By keeping your lawn mower blade sharpened and your deck’s underside clean, you’ll avoid damaging the grass and make your lawn mower last longer. The blade should be sharpened every month, ideally, or at least twice a year. If the blade is damaged, replace it with a new lawn mower blade.

You’ll also want to clean out grass clippings and debris from underneath the deck after you’re done mowing. With a built-in deck cleaning port—such as on the Toro Recycler lawn mower series—you can easily clean the deck after every time you cut the grass.

2. Mow smart.

If you’re using a mulching mower, take your time when mowing. The mower needs extra time to process the grass finely enough to nourish the lawn and make the grass clippings small enough to be invisible. Only mow the grass when it’s dry, and overlap each pass slightly for an even cut. Alternate cutting directions each time you mow to disperse the mulch evenly for a healthier lawn.

3. Raise the deck.

Cutting the grass too short in hot, dry weather can lead to brown patches on your lawn. When the summer gets hot, raise the mower deck so that the grass is taller than 3 inches after mowing. While you’ll have to mow more often, the longer grass will protect the roots from the scorching midday sun and help prevent the dreaded patches of brown grass.

4. Go easy on the slopes.

Fast speeds and sharp turns on hills can tear up the grass—not to mention, put you in danger of tipping the mower. If you use a walk-behind lawn mower, mow the hill from side to side. With a lawn tractor or riding mower, mow straight up and down (or consult the manual to see their recommendations). With a zero turn mower, you’ll need to be especially cautious going downhill.

Mulching Mowers

Keep your lawn green and healthy this summer with a mulching mower from MowerSource.com. We offer walk-behind mulching mowers and mulching kits for riding mowers and zero turn mowers. Best prices around! Get free shipping to the lower 48 U.S. and free lift gate delivery on select zero turn mowers.

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Healthy lawn

Want a lawn with more curb appeal? How you handle grass clippings affects the appearance and health of your lawn. Here are some tips on figuring out when you should bag grass clippings and when you should mulch.

When to mulch

If the grass is always greener on the other side, it might be because your neighbor is mulching instead of bagging. In most cases, mulching is a better idea than bagging, because the grass clippings act as fertilizer for your lawn and help it retain the moisture it needs to stay lush and healthy.

Worried about the appearance of your lawn by letting the grass clippings sit? Buy a mulching mower that cuts and re-cuts the grass clippings until they are barely noticeable, then forces the clippings deep into the lawn, where no one will notice them. You’ll get the best of both worlds: a clean-looking lawn and the nourishment your grass needs to keep it green.

Handled properly, mulching can:

  • Make your lawn healthier by serving as fertilizer and helping your lawn retain moisture.
  • Save time on mowing, since you don’t have to stop and empty the mower bag.
  • Save money on lawn care—both on grass clipping disposal and because you won’t need to use as much fertilizer.

The key to avoid thatch buildup when leaving the grass clippings is to only cut the lawn no more than 1/3 of the blade at a time. Smaller mulching pieces will decompose rapidly, nourishing your lawn rather than causing problems.

When to bag

If by chance the grass has grown too long and you need to cut more than a 1/3 of the blade, that’s when bagging comes in handy.

Large clumps of grass clippings look bad—not to mention the fact that they can smother your lawn if they’re not raked evenly over the surface. So if you’ve been gone on vacation for a couple of weeks and come home to an overgrown lawn, bagging is a good option at that stage.

A bagging kit is also the best option if you want a pristine, manicured lawn without any mulch or grass clippings. By fertilizing your lawn, you can keep it just as green and lush as you can with a mulching mower or mulching kit.

Mulching Mower Sale

Need a mulching mower or a mulching kit? Mower Source offers mulching mowers and mulching kits for Toro, Husqvarna, and Ariens mowers. Get free shipping when you purchase your mulching mower or mulching kit from MowerSource.com!