Until last summer we had a gardener who came and mowed our lawn and did other outdoor work. Life had calmed down a bit so we decided to take on this task ourselves and save some money.
We didn't own a lawn mower so we had to decide what sort to buy. We don't have a huge lawn but it's big enough for the kids to run around and we spend lots of time sitting and playing outdoors in the summer. We also have a small lawn at the front of the house. We needed an option that wouldn't feel like a lot of hassle and ideally which would be safe to use while the kids are around.
I was a bit nervous of using an electric lawn mower when the kids are around and it's hard to keep them indoors when one of their parents in ourdoors. But I assumed that a manual push lawn mower would be too much like hard work!
I read some reviews and found that modern push mowers have improved a lot. So we decided to go ahead and choose a manual reel lawn mower.
We've just got it out again for the first lawn mowing of the year and it's reminded me that it was definitely a good decision. It's very easy to get the mower out and while it's not hard work, you do get a bit of exercise while mowing the lawn.
I've included an overview of some popular reel lawnmowers and a review of our push mower.