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Buying the Right Lawn Mower for Your Chicago Outdoor Space

May 10, 2013

Chicago home lawn maintenanceTaking good care of your lawn requires the right equipment – and that includes the right lawn mower. But, with so many options available, how do you know which lawn mower is right for you?

Know Your Yard

Spend a few minutes assessing your outdoor space in your Chicago home. How big is it? Is it flat and smooth, or does it slope? Do you have trees and garden beds to mow around? All of these will factor into the kind of lawn mower you choose.

  • Size – If your yard is smaller than half an acre, a walk-behind mower will work just fine for you. For yards larger than that, you may want to consider a riding mower.
  • Topography – If your yard has uneven terrain, a self-propelled mower will make cutting up hill much quicker and easier.
  • Obstacles – For mowing around trees and landscape beds, pay attention to the mower’s maneuverability and ease-of-use when making tight turns. For example, John Deere X310 Select Series riding mowers have power steering, which makes trimming around tight areas much easier.
  • Turf – The thickness and coarseness of your grass will play a part in how much power you need to ensure a clean cut. Lawns with thicker, tougher grass will need a mower with higher horsepower and larger wheels.
  • Additional yard tasks – If your list of seasonal chores includes collecting fall leaves, fertilizing your lawn or removing snow, look for a lawn tractor with attachment options that can help keep your yard in good shape year round.

Safety Features

Operating any piece of power equipment requires taking safety precautions. Before you buy a mower, make sure you know what safety features come standard. For example, the blades on John Deere riding lawn mowers will automatically shut off if the operator leaves the seat while the blades are in motion. And, be sure to familiarize yourself with the operator’s manual, so you understand all of the features on your equipment.

After-Sale Service

For long-term savings, look for a mower brand that provides reliable after-sale support and maintenance. Local equipment dealers not only help you make the right purchase, but can offer on-site maintenance and even at-home service like John Deere’s Mobile Maintenance program, that brings a factory-trained technician to your home.

For more tips and tools to help you choose the right lawn mower visit www.JohnDeere.com/Residential.

About The Author

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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