Things to Look for in a Lawn Mower for Small Yard

Lawn mowers are among the most popular modern tools thanks to a shift in trend making many people prefer taking care of their own lawn as opposed to outsourcing it.

They make an otherwise tedious task into a walking exercise thanks to the amazing technology that goes behind manufacturing these machines.

If you’re looking to get a lawn mower of your own and more specifically for a smaller sized lawn, then this guide will run you through a few important things to consider before buying one.

1. Type of lawn mower

This is the first thing you should make up your mind on. If you’re dealing with a smaller lawn then your best option would be either a mechanical mower or a corded electric mower.

Mechanical mowers are significantly cheaper but require you to do a lot more work manually. An electric mower on the other hand is mostly automatic and merely requires you to turn it on and walk it through the grass.

Its spinning blades should effortlessly cut through most of the grass. The reason we do not recommend a cordless mower is because they are far more expensive than a corded one for the same amount of power.

Since you’re dealing with a smaller lawn, you won’t really be limited in operational area by the cord either. But, if you’re someone who might find use for it away from a power socket, then you can consider cordless mowers.

Gas mowers are usually only bought for their power and unless your grass is too thick and tall for an electric mower, this is not a good option.

2. Cutting mechanism

Mowers use three methods to cut the grass. One involves clipping the grass into short pieces and then funneling it back on to the lawn which you will have to clean later.

This is called side discharge. The next method is mulching which involved turning the cut grass into fine particles and leaving them back on the lawn which will act as a nutrient to the soil.

The final method is bagging which cuts the grass and instead of throwing it back in the lawn, collects it in to a separate bag attached to the mower which can be disposed of later.

Some mowers are capable of doing all three methods but they are more expensive and should only be opted for if you really need all 3.

Otherwise, it comes down to personal preference which one you choose and all of them are effective at removing unwanted grass. While side discharge might seem like it leaves more work, it is also faster than both mulching and bagging.

3. Bag size

If you’re going with a mower that is capable of bagging, then you have to get a bag that is appropriately sized for your lawn.

Having too big of a bag will be a waste of space but having a smaller bag is worse since you will have to empty it before continuing with the cutting process.

However, this is not as important as a consideration and should certainly not be a deal breaker as you can always replace the bag later down the line.

4. Mowing width

This is determined by the amount of space between the wheels of the mower. Bigger width means it can cut more area of grass in a single pass thus making the process faster.

But for small lawns, this might not be as much of a factor as the difference a few extra inches of cutting width only shows in large lawns while in smaller lawns the most you will save is a few minutes.

You should also keep in mind the width of the entrance to your lawn and make sure that whatever mower you choose fits through it.

5. Cutting height

This is determined by the space available between the ground and the blade. Many lawn mowers have adjustable cutting height so that you can determine the size of the grass more accurately but you can also choose a mower with cutting height that is along the lines of how tall you want your grass to be.

If you want more control then you should opt for a mower with more height adjustment options which can range from anywhere between 6 to 10 different height settings.

Also, pay attention to the adjustment mechanism and how stable it is when under use as you don’t want it to slip and end up with an uneven lawn.

6. Push vs self-propelled mower

The driving mechanism of the mower is also an important consideration as it will determine how comfortable you are when mowing.

Push mowers require you to manually move and direct them across the lawn while a self-propelled mower only requires you to direct it as it has a separate motor that makes it move forward.

For smaller lawns, push mowers are recommended as they are cheaper but if you value comfort higher or if it is going to be used by the elderly then a self-propelled mower could be worth the additional cost.

There is also the option of riding mowers but it is hard to justify them for a small lawn as their effectiveness is generally only seen for much bigger lawns.

7. Power

For smaller lawns, the power of the mower is not a very big issue especially if you opt for an electric mower. As long as you have a steady supply of power, the mower will cut through the grass.

The standard electric mower comes with a 12-amp motor but depending on how small your lawn is, you can opt for a much smaller 6-amp motor and save some money.

However, if you have grass or other plants that are thicker, you might find the 12-amp or even a 13-amp motor more useful.


Maintaining a smaller lawn is a lot easier than bigger sized ones as long as you have a proper mower. This guide has all the information, tips and important considerations you need to find a mower that is suitable for small lawns and your usage patterns.


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