Three Ways to Electrify Your Lawn Care

A man uses an electric leaf blower to blow leaves in his back yard. A woman stand behind him tossing leaves with a rake

Summer is just around the corner, and you can already smell the freshly cut grass. If you are in the market to upgrade your lawn care equipment, you may want to consider electric or battery-powered options.

Gas-powered lawn mowers and trimmers may be your go-to, but times they are a-changin’. Electric lawn care equipment options are more popular than ever, offering consumers faster charging, longer battery life and quieter products than their gas-powered counterparts. Here are three ways you can electrify your lawn care this spring.

1. Electric Lawn Mowers

Electric lawn mowers have come a long way during the last few years. Early models required corded connections, which were tricky to manage. The cord has been cut.

Cordless electric mowers are more expensive than gas-powered mowers, typically ranging from $200 to $500. But much of the upfront cost can be recovered since electricity is less expensive than gas, and electric engines generally require less maintenance than gas engines.

Electric mowers are suitable for most lawn care needs, with batteries that typically require one to two hours to fully charge. Most batteries run for a full hour. That said, if you have a large yard—half an acre or larger—a gas-powered option may better suit your needs.

2. Electric Trimmers

Cordless electric string trimmers are a great option for most lawns. Traditionally, like lawn mowers, string trimmers are gas powered. New versions of electric trimmers are improving and now considered worthy competitors of gas-powered models.

Cordless electric trimmers are much quieter and easier to use. Most batteries last 30 to 45 minutes. If you have a lot of space to trim, you may want to consider a back-up battery or plan to work in short bursts.

If you are interested in buying an electric trimmer, the main factors to consider are battery life, charge time and power. Costs vary depending on features, but you can find a quality version for about $100.

3. Electric Leaf Blowers

After cutting and trimming your lawn, you need to clear off walkways and patios for the finishing touch. If you don’t want to deal with maintenance of a gas-powered blower or the restraints of a corded blower, a cordless electric version is a great option.

Cordless electric leaf blowers are lightweight and easy to maneuver, but don’t offer as much power as gas-powered and corded blowers. If your leaf blowing and clearing needs are minimal, a cordless electric leaf blower can get the job done.

Costs for a cordless electric blower vary depending on power and battery quality. You can buy a dependable model for $150 and up.

If you are looking to electrify your lawn care equipment, be sure to do your homework. Search online for the latest reviews, and check trusted websites such as www.ConsumerReports.org. With a little research, you will be well on your way to Lawn of the Month with less maintenance, hassle and noise. And, your neighbors will thank you.

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