Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gardening

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gardening

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IS your lawnmower too big, heavy and cumbersome? Do you have trouble manoeuvring it round those awkward little corners or up and down steps to get to your grass? If so, it may be time to trade it in for a new model.

If you have a small lawn, being able to move your mower from one place to another is just as important as speed and cutting efficiency. With this in mind, Which? Gardening, the Consumers' Association magazine, has just revealed the results of a survey in which researchers put the smallest and cheapest lawnmowers through their paces in small areas of grass, simulating a small back lawn with obstacles including a post for a clothes line, a small island bed, an awkward entrance and a mix of curved borders and corners. It found that wheeled rotary mowers are the best choice for those with cushion of air, are also popular as they are light and easily manoeuvrable. However, they don't collect clippings, which can be a pain if your kids use the lawn and then tread all the clippings into the house.

You can buy hover mowers with a grass collector, but Which? Gardening found that they are hard work to move around, especially if the grass box is full, and you have to push them in a straight line to collect the clippings.

The survey, which focused on the smallest (28-33cm wide) and cheapest (under pounds 100) mowers, gave Flymo the thumbs up, with its pounds 60 Venturer 32 wheeled rotary mower being voted best buy. It left a neat, striped finish on the short grass, thanks to a roller between the rear wheels, and performed well in the manoeuvrability tests.

Others which also fared well included the Flymo Pac a Mow (pounds 90), a rotary mower which was best at cutting a typical lawn, although it was on the heavy side at 16kg, while the Flymo Micro Lite, among the cheapest at pounds 40 and the lightest at 4.5kg, also scored well, although it doesn't collect the clippings.

The recently launched Gardena Powermax 32E (pounds 90), a wheeled rotary mower, was also among the best buys and did well in all the tests, cutting right up to lawn edges, and comes with a well-balanced carry handle, a single lever to adjust the cutting height and adjustable handle height. …

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