What Size Lawn Mower Do I Need? Your Guide for Small and Large Lawns

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Bigger isn’t always better.

Especially when you’re choosing a lawn mower for your property.

Damage from large, heavy mowers is a common problem on small residential yards. From wheel tracks in the grass to root compaction, these issues can build up and take a serious toll on the health of your lawn.

It may seem efficient to choose the biggest mower with the widest blade—but the right equipment for the job is what’s most important.

So if you’ve been asking yourself “what size lawn mower do I need?” we’re here to answer that question.

Here’s what to look for:

What Size Lawn Mower Do I Need for Small and Residential Yards?

Lightweight walk-behind mowers are best for the average residential yard in Gainesville and North Central Florida.

That’s because a big mower will need to take lots of tight turns around a small yard, twisting the wheels into the grass and tearing it up. It’s especially an issue in this region because St. Augustine grass, the typical household grass, is so delicate.

Small mowers also won’t cause compaction in your yard.

Week after week, a heavy mower will compact the soil and grass roots in a small yard. Compaction makes it difficult for your lawn to get the nutrients and water it needs to thrive. This can lead to expensive problems like thatch, which can ruin your grass and require you to lay down new sod.

Hiring out your lawn service? Even if you’re confident that they’re using the appropriate mower size for your yard, ask if they make sure to “change the angle of cut” while mowing. The correct answer is yes—this just means they won’t be mowing the same path every time, another major factor in compaction.

Sun Power Lawn Care has a dedicated small-yard mowing team for these reasons. We use a 33” walk-behind mower to handle tight turns and cut clean lines, even in small spaces.

Plus, one of the perks of being an electric lawn care service is that our mowers are lighter than gas-powered equivalents. Good for the earth, good for your grass!

What Size Lawn Mower Do I Need for Large and Commercial Properties?

While large mowers can be a problem on small yards, that doesn’t mean there’s no use for them.

Bigger commercial properties are perfect for large, ride-top mowers. With enough space to make wide turns and use a variety of cutting paths, many of the problems you see on small yards are eliminated.

This is why Sun Power Lawn Care expanded our service last year with a new 48” lawn mower. This ride mower is designed to efficiently mow lawns up to three acres.

And don’t forget—it’s electric! All the power of a gas ride mower, but lighter and easier on grass.

Commercial properties may be especially interested in large electric lawn mowers, because they’re much quieter than gas-powered mowers. So if there are offices or apartment buildings on your property, you won’t disturb the tenants with noisy mowing from outside their windows.


Want to learn more about the mowing and lawn care services that are right for your property? Contact Sun Power Lawn Care with questions or for a free estimate.

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