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The lawn

Lawns need mowing regularly throughout the summer, so if you’re often away from home and don’t have  help it may be worth replacing the lawn with a low-maintenance area such as paving or gravel. You can leave spaces for growing suitable plants, or you could grow plants in pots on the paved/gravelled area.

Island beds in lawns make mowing more complicated. It’s easier to move the mower around if the lawn is a simple shape with straight edges. Make sure the mower is stored somewhere that you can get to easily. If you’re buying a new mower, try to choose a lightweight model with a large-grip handlebar and easy-to-push buttons.

Mowing and clipping the lawn

Most lawnmowers have power-driven blades and many electric models are fairly light to push. Cordless battery-operated mowers are now available. These can be easier to move around, although some models do have heavy batteries.

We don’t recommend petrol-engined mowers because they’re usually very heavy to move and manage. If you prefer a manual mower, look for one with a single horizontal handlebar rather than two separate handles – you can then do some of the pushing with your stomach to reduce strain on your arms and wrists. If you have a large garden, a ride-on mower might be an option.

You don’t have to collect grass cuttings – in dry weather especially it’s better to leave them on the lawn – so you can reduce the weight you have to push by leaving off the grassbox.

Lightweight edging shears with generously padded long handles will give a more comfortable grip and reduce jarring of the joints. Or you could use a nylon cord trimmer that operates vertically – you simply walk along holding it against the edge of the lawn.

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