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How to fill a lawn mower roller: The 5 do’s and 5 don’ts

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One of the best ways to keep a sleek-looking lawn is with the use of a lawn mower roller. Maintaining the look of your yard is one of the most important aspects of landscaping. Cosmetics are a big deal when it comes to the outside of your house, business, or any other property. In this article, I will first explain the purpose and function of a lawn mower to ensure you have the most precise knowledge of the product you are working with. Next, we will discuss a number of do’s and don’ts when it comes to filling your lawn mower roller, taking care of it over time, and making sure you are using it properly. In short, here are my five do’s and don’ts before we start to dive deep into the topic:

Do Don’t
Do Your Research Exceed Weight Capacity
Follow The Directions Have Too Little Weight
Keep Up With The Maintenance Fill your Roller With Random Weight
Fill Your Mower Correctly Use Concrete in A Small Roller
Invest in A Good Lawn Roller Use The Wrong Roller For The Terrain

What Is A Lawn Mower Roller?

Have you ever wondered how professional baseball fields get those perfect light-and-dark patterns on their grass? Well, landscapes such as these are intricately formed with the use of a lawn mower roller. The shape of a lawn mower roller is designed to follow the path of the blade of your mower, smoothing out the landscape and, at the same time, making it look presentable. While lawn mower rollers are a big advantage considering the aesthetic of your grass, they must also be used correctly for the right outcome. If you do not fill your lawn mower roller with whatever is recommended, you may not see the result you are looking for. Lawn mower rollers are a great accessory for lawn mowers, and their use is both beneficial for the look and feel of your yard. By this, I mean that while a lawn mower roller will definitely make your yard pleasing to the eye, it is also useful for a smooth, healthy surface.

How Does A Lawn Mower Roller Work?

The function of a lawn mower roller is pretty simple: to make your yard look better, and to keep your landscape even. Lawn mower rollers are cylindrical pieces generally made of strong steel with hooks that allow them to be attached behind your lawn mower. As you mow your lawn, your lawn mower roller follows closely behind, smoothing out the soil underneath and pushing the grass in a certain direction so as to provide a more appealing look.

The main aspect of having a fully functional lawn mower roller is its weight. The weight of the roller is what pushes and sets the grass and soil below the grass in a specific manner. Because of this, you must make sure to fill your lawn mower roller with whatever is suggested and fill it to its available weight capacity. When your lawn mower roller has enough weight to function properly, it will do all the work for you. You push against your lawn mower; your roller pushes against the ground. As it rolls, the weight inside of it helps level out any major bumps in the dirt or soil below, flattening your yard so that it does not appear uneven. At the same time, the roller pushes the grass in the direction that it rolls. If you use a push lawn mower, your roller will not be too heavy. Typically, a push mower will be used for a small to the medium-sized yard, and the main purpose of your lawn mower roller will be for the aesthetic, not necessarily a perfectly flat yard. So, the weight capacity of your lawn roller will probably not exceed twenty to thirty pounds. This video here from Silver Cymbal describes and shows how a lawn mower roller works and that you can get amazin stripes with them:

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Types of Lawn Mower Rollers

As I mentioned above, not all lawn rollers are the same. However, in the simplest terms, think of all of them as miniature bulldozers for your grass. The weight of a lawn roller is meant to secure the ground beneath the grass as well as provide a clean, smooth look above the surface. Below is a short summary of different types of lawn rollers.

Push Mower Roller

The chances are that the lawn mower roller you have is the smallest kind you can find that easily attaches behind a push mower. Yes, you probably want an even yard, but the aesthetic might be your top priority. While lawn mower rollers that attach behind a push mower can definitely aid in smoothing out your yard, they are also known for providing the neat-looking light and dark pattern we have been talking about. These types of lawn rollers usually hold around twenty to thirty pounds of weight, making them easily maneuverable behind a push mower. They get the job done without adding too much extra weight that would require more work for you. Mower rollers with this small of a weight capacity are usually recommended to be filled with sand or water. Most lawn rollers that attach behind a mower have the ability to turn on their own. They are not too tightly fastened to the mower. It is like a trailer attached to a semi-truck. It follows closely behind, but it turns on its own. While it is attached to the truck, it is not stuck in place. This feature can be great for small to medium-sized yards that require a push mower because of all the twists and turns that can be found over the course of a mow.

Riding Mower Roller

With the same basic function as any other lawn mower roller, riding mower rollers are not too different from the ones attached behind push mowers. The only major difference is its weight capacity. They can usually hold a couple of hundred pounds of weight inside. Another small detail is that with the added weight, riding lawn mower rollers might be used more for the purpose of flattening the ground below the grass. With large yards or small farms, the ground can easily become uneven from animals like moles or simple soft spots in the soil. Heavier lawn rollers will do a better job of flattening these problems out. On the other hand, riding mowers are what the professional baseball fields I mentioned earlier are mowed with, so they can definitely provide the beautiful light and dark lines when needed. The last factor that involves their weight includes riding lawn mower rollers’ ability to hold something other than sand or water. While these things can surely be used, some people prefer to fill these types of rollers with cement. Once the concrete solidifies inside of the roller, the density of its materials can prove much heavier than components like sand or water.

Tractor Rollers

While these types of mower rollers are probably the least used, they are still very important. The main function of tractor rollers is, in fact, solely to flatten out a field or farm for the purpose of an even landscape. When harvesting crops, keeping a level field is very important for consistent growth. Tractor rollers can have a weight capacity of over three hundred pounds, which is great for flattening evenly and over a large amount of space. Because they can hold so much weight, it is not uncommon for a tractor roller to be filled with concrete, but some people might prefer to use sand or water. Either way, they provide a multitude of weight for your soil-flattening needs.

Do’s and Don’ts of Filling Your Lawn Mower Roller

I have summarized five major do’s and five major don’ts to follow to ensure that you are getting the most out of your lawn mower roller without wasting your time or going over your roller’s limits. You will find that once you have chosen the correct product and materials to support its function, your lawn mowing days will become both much more rewarding and much easier. Read further on how to ensure the best use of your time and money.

Do: Do Your Research

Although you likely have a pretty good idea of what type of lawn mower roller you are going to need from reading the first part of this article, it is important to make sure you know what you need for the type of yard you have. You will need to decide what brand and size roller you want, along with what you need to fill your roller with. You do not want to spend an excessive amount of money on a huge roller if you are only using a push mower, obviously because of the unnecessary weight, but also because that irrelevant extra weight can damage your yard. On the other hand, you do not want to underpay for a product that will not do its job, especially if you use a riding lawn mower or tractor that has the ability to haul a heavier load.

Do: Follow the Directions

It may not always be the case, but your lawn mower roller will likely come with recommended landscapes for your roller as well as recommended materials to fill your roller with. It is important to make sure the roller you buy will be the best type of roller for the yard you are working with. In addition to finding the right roller for your yard, it is equally important to see the recommended material to put in your roller, whether that be sand, water, concrete, or anything else. There may not always be information on this for your specific brand roller, but as I stated before, smaller rollers usually take sand or water, and larger rollers can take your preference of sand, water, or concrete. If you do not fill your lawn roller with the suggested material, it can lead to damage both on your roller and your yard, which we will discuss further in the Don’ts section.

Do: Keep Up with the Maintenance

Failure to properly keep up with these conditions will result in excess of problems, which you can find below in the Don’ts section.

Do: Fill Your Mower Correctly

No matter what you use to fill your mower, make sure to find out how much your roller needs. Filling your roller with the proper amount of sand water, concrete, etc. will allow you to let the roller do its job while you mow without having to make any changes that will disrupt your activity.

As we said before, lawn care is obviously one of the biggest components involved with keeping up a nice-looking landscape, so if you fill your mower correctly, you will ensure your roller’s ability to perform its best.

An even, nicely patterned yard can make any terrain look and function better. If you have correctly filled your push lawn mower roller, the small yard in front of your house will look as perfect as possible. Also, if you have correctly filled your riding lawn mower roller or tractor roller, your large yard will look just as good, and your field or farm will be as stable as ever.

Do: Invest in a Good Lawn Roller

If you are on the fence about whether or not you should buy a lawn mower roller, consider this a sign to make the purchase. In the long run, proper use of a lawn roller will consistently keep your yard or any type of landscape in tip-top shape.

Once you have educated yourself on how to maintain and fill your lawn mower, the possibilities are endless, literally. If you need a roller for flattening terrain, you can be sure that your needs will be met.

If you need a roller for a better aesthetic, you can use the roller to give your yard just about any design or pattern you would like.


While owning a lawn mower roller definitely has its benefits, improper maintenance can cause damage to both your yard and your roller itself. Below I have listed the biggest problems you might face if you fail to fill and maintain your roller correctly.

Don’t: Exceed Weight Capacity

You might be under the impression that the more weight your roller has, the better job it will do. However, this is not the case. If you fill your roller with too much of whatever you use, there will be consequences.

Suppose you have a smaller roller for a push mower. It warns not to exceed thirty pounds of weight. But you decide it is okay to fill it to the brim with water, exceeding its weight capacity.

As a result, when you begin mowing your lawn, you notice that as your roller follows behind your mower, it is pulling up grass from the soil and making major, uneven divots in the ground.

If you fill your roller with too much weight, it can damage your yard severely, especially if you just have a typical yard. The sod that your grass grows from is not meant to withstand great weights, so it may give out and move around if too much weight rolls across it.

Don’t: Have Too Little Weight

Similar to exceeding the weight capacity of your roller, not filling it up enough will result in a lackluster job. It will not damage your yard or your roller, but it can be all for nothing. If there is not enough weight on a patch of land that you wish to flatten, the roller will not fulfill its purpose.

Always make sure to get the information needed in terms of the weight capacity of your roller to ensure the best results possible.

Dont: Fill Your Roller With Random Weight

You are most likely going to have a water hose to fill your roller with. That is if you have not yet bought sand, concrete, or whatever. Believe it or not, some people think their rollers can be filled with anything that compensates the weight.

For example, do not use small rocks or pebbles. Please. Unless you want your roller to end up never being used again. Just because it might be a quick choice does not mean it will be beneficial.

Things like rocks or other on-hand materials that may fit in your roller are not going to get the job done. Furthermore, they can easily dent the surface of your roller as they tumble around inside.

Don’t: Use Concrete in A Small Roller

If you have a small lawn mower roller, chances are you do not need the maximum weight capacity available. Concrete is much denser than the sand that might be recommended for your small roller, so it can easily cause your roller to be too heavy.

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As I already stated above, exceeding the weight capacity is not going to do you any good, so just make sure whatever you are putting in your roller is acceptable.

Don’t: Use The Wrong Roller for the terrain

If you are mowing ground that might be a bit rocky or rough, it is not a good idea to use a roller that cannot withstand that terrain. A small, lighter roller can also be damaged from misuse on the outside, not just it is inner filling.

Continuing along with weight capacity, do not use a tractor or riding mower and its roller on a simple suburban front yard. This might seem obvious, but as is common, people often want the most weight possible for things like lawn mower rollers. In the end, this is not going to do you any good. That is why research is key.


I hope this article was beneficial for you in terms of a brief summary of a lawn mower roller and its purpose as well as information on filling your lawn roller. When done correctly, the use of a lawn roller has its major advantages. However, improper maintenance and care can and probably will result in unwanted damage.

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How to Add Stripes to Your Lawn Like a Pro

Do you get “green-eyed” when you view the perfectly cut stripes on a soccer field or ballpark? If alternating lines, checkerboards, and diamond patterns would convert your lawn into a personal field of dreams, here’s how to add stripes to your lawn like a pro.

How Lawn Striping Works

Simply put, lawn striping is bending grass blades in opposite directions and having the light reflect off the opposite sides of the blades.

Ryan Moy, head groundskeeper at Minnesota United Football Club’s new 250 million stadium in St. Paul, Minn. explains: “In general, turfgrass species have a darker and lighter shade to their leaf surface. The top of the leaf surface known as the adaxial side of the leaf is darker than the abaxial [the underside of the leaf surface].”

“Not all turfgrass species are created equal with respect to their ability to show that contrast,” but Moy says, “The species we use is very much adaptable to home lawn use.”

Moy says the stadium grass is a blend of Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis) varieties, including:

How to Mow Stripes

Get Your Roller

If you want to stripe your lawn, you will need a roller system that attaches to your mower. The roller is a heavy, cylindrical tool made of plastic or metal that bends the grass blades down in the direction you are mowing.

Moy suggests buying a 30-inch Lawn Striping System/Lawn Mower Striping Kit from Toro. You can also make a DIY lawn striper. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s designed for your mower size.

Depending on the model, follow directions when you fill with sand or water to get the right weight for your terrain, soil type, and grass variety.

Prep Your Mower

Make sure your mower blades are sharp and free of debris. You want to ensure the cut is clean and doesn’t rip the grass out by the roots. Dull mower blades can also leave your grass with ragged edges. As a result, fungal diseases like brown patch and dollar spot have a better chance of spreading to other parts of your lawn.

Lawn Mowing Patterns

Decide which pattern you want to create. You don’t have to stick with lines and squares; you can create waves, zig-zags, or circles if you prefer. Make a sketch of how it fits the layout of your lawn, and learn how to stripe around buildings, trees, flower beds, and other parts of the landscape.

Think about the viewpoint – do you want to see the design from the road or driveway? Think about the end result before you start the engine. It might take a few tries before you achieve the desired look.

A basic lawn stripe has alternating strips of grass mown in opposite directions.

  • Basic Stripes: Begin mowing around the perimeter of your yard. Then pick one side of the lawn and start cutting a straight line parallel to the edge for your first stripe. At the end, lift the mower deck and turn to face the opposite direction. Put down the mower deck, and mow adjacent and parallel to the last strip.
  • Checkerboard: Mow the striping effect as explained above. Then start mowing straight lines perpendicular to the finished stripes, lifting the mower at the end of each line and turning to face the opposite direction. This will create the checkerboard pattern that you see in many ballparks.
  • Diagonal: Create the basic stripe pattern, then mow a diagonal line beginning at the edge. Remember to lift the mower deck each time you turn.
  • Waves: Instead of mowing a basic straight stripe, cut in a wave pattern. Then lift the mower deck and turn the mower. Follow the edge of the first wave pattern, raising the mower deck each time you turn unless you want to create a “switchback” or scalloped design on the edges.

You could also begin your pattern from a point of interest, such as a tree or building. Mow a striped or waved line around the object, then continue in a ripple pattern. Continue until you have reached the end of the lawn, allowing the wave to “run” off the edges.

Mowing Tips for Lawn Striping

To keep your pattern in good shape, mow the grass between 2 and 4 inches high, and don’t cut more than a third of the blade per mow. Taller grass blades will make a design stand out more than a shorter lawn. The sunlight will reflect off the blade surface and let you see the effect of the striping technique.

Best Grass Types for Lawn Striping

What a difference a blade makes. For lawn striping, not all grass types are suitable. Cool-season grasses are ideal because they have long, flexible blades that bend easily when the lawn roller pushes down on them.

Warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda or St. Augustine, have shorter, stiffer blades that are more resistant to bending. It is possible to make stripes in a lawn with warm-season grasses, but it won’t be as distinct.

Pro Tip: For warm-season lawns, it is recommended to use a striping kit for the best results.

Good grass choices for lawn striping include:

Proper Lawn Care Sets Up Your Ground Game

Along with the right grass varieties, you must be consistent with care, watering frequently and applying fertilizer and other nutrients as needed. A robust, healthy lawn will show designs much better.

Your lawn grows more quickly when you mow it correctly: By cutting the tips of grass blades, you stimulate growth. Roots become more robust, discouraging weed growth and creating a denser lawn surface. And more grass blades per square inch means more-impressive stripes.

Striping has a logical purpose, according to Moy. “Over time, changing the direction allows you to cut more of the individual leaf blades to a uniform height. If you always go in one direction, there will be some leaf blades that don’t get cut in that specific direction. In this scenario, those blades of grass continue to lay down and grow in that respective direction.”

Lawn Striping Competitions

Lawn striping has become so popular that there is an international creative lawn stripes competition. In 2016, Allett Mowers began an international search to identify the most inventive mowing patterns and designs. American Dennis West was the 2021 winner.

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FAQ: Striping Your Lawn

No. It actually promotes the development of a healthy lawn. Mowing in one direction repeatedly might cause the longer blades of grass to fold over and cover the grass underneath from the light, eventually killing it.

Yes. The first step in maintaining a healthy lawn is to cut your grass properly. Things like how often, how high, and how sharp your lawn mower blades are all factors when mowing your grass.

A height of between 2 and 4 inches tall works best. Remember, never cut more than one-third of the grass blade in a single mowing.

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Lawn Rolling: What It Is and Should You Do It

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Rolling a large drum across a lawn to create a smooth, attractive expanse is a great idea in theory, but it may not deliver the results you have in mind. The practice started in Europe to maintain the vast lawns of great estate homes before modern tools were available. Today, advanced knowledge about managing soil and turfgrass provides alternatives for maintaining an attractive lawn. Rolling is still commonly used to level high maintenance, professional playing surfaces like golf greens and soccer fields. But whether it’s good for your lawn depends on several factors.

What Is Lawn Rolling?

Lawn rolling is a maintenance technique developed to flatten the top one to two inches of soil surfaces, rendering them smooth and level. Steel or polyurethane drums or cylinders, filled with water or sand, are pulled by hand or towed to flatten irregularities caused by frost heaving or to smooth out high-traffic areas.

Weight is adjustable for both types depending on how much water or sand is added to the cylinder. The drum is then rolled across the lawn in passes as in mowing. For most home lawns, one pass with a lightweight cylinder is recommended.

Is It Good to Roll Your Lawn?

Before you invest in a lawn roller, consider what is causing the turf to become uneven. When naturally raised areas or low, shallow dips are part of the terrain, lawn rolling won’t repair these problems.

If grub infestations, moles, and other tunneling or digging rodents are the culprits, rolling the lawn won’t fix these problems either. Pests will continue to burrow and dig unless they are eradicated and natural irregularities must first be repaired by adding or removing soil. When the freeze/thaw cycle, or excessive foot traffic leaves high or low spots in the lawn, rolling is more likely to provide the desired result. A light pass with a roller after seeding or laying sod improves soil contact and retention.

Rolling too often or repeatedly compacts soil which is another important consideration. This damages soil structure and defeats efforts to grow turf grass. Know your soil type, whether it has a sandy, loamy, or heavy clay composition. Clay-type soil is easily compacted by rolling, creating a need for extensive repair. Cool-season turf grasses with deep roots stand up better to rolling than warm-weather types that spread through rhizomes.

If you decide to roll your lawn, choose the right type of equipment for your needs, and find out about weight limits for your soil and grass type.

Benefits and Drawbacks to Lawn Rolling

  • Safer high traffic areas
  • Levels playing fields
  • Helps set sod
  • Improve seed/soil contact and retention
  • Corrects frost heaving
  • Improper use can kill turf grasses that spread through rhizome.
  • No long term fix for rodent damage
  • Won’t correct grub infestations
  • Does not correct hard bumps, holes, or natural low areas
  • Compacts clay soils
  • Incorrect weight damages soil

When to Roll Your Lawn

Time of year, temperature, moisture levels, and grass type all need to be considered when rolling a lawn. Here are a few tips on when to begin.

  • Roll during spring after all frost has passed.
  • Roll when the weather is at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit when grass first emerges from dormancy.
  • Roll when soil is moist but not wet.
  • Roll before mowing season begins.
  • Roll after laying sod to increase soil contact.
  • Roll after seeding to improve seed-to-soil contact and retention.
  • Rolling will be best on cool weather turf grasses with deep roots 6 to 8 inches.

How to Roll Your Lawn

Choosing the right equipment and using the correct weight makes the difference between improving or damaging your lawn.

  • Start with an empty lightweight roller adding weight only if needed.
  • Walk behind the roller at a normal pace.
  • Avoid applying downward pressure on the handles, allowing the cylinder to do the work.
  • Roll back and forth or up and down in single passes and avoid overlapping.
  • Divide a large lawn and mark the sections if weight differential is needed.
  • Use the lawn roller in spring after the frost has passed.
  • Roll the lawn once, annually before mowing begins.

When done properly lawn rolling can yield good results when laying sod, seeding a new lawn, and leveling out frost heaving.

Rolling a lawn in spring after frost has passed can smooth out frost heaving. A bumpy lawn caused by rodent damage, grub damage, or naturally high and low areas cannot be improved by lawn rolling until the underlying problem is eliminated.

Lawn rolling flattens the top 1 to 2 inches of soil surface making it more even and level. It is most beneficial when laying sod or seeding to improve sod and seed contact with the soil and is used most for maintaining professional playing surfaces.

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The best cordless lawn mowers in 2023

Looking for the best cordless mower? Browse our experts’ pick, from budget to premium models.

A lawn mower may be one of the first purchases we make when getting a garden of our own, but that doesn’t mean finding a good quality one is easy. There are so many models and brands on the market to choose from, including corded electric and petrol, but as their range increases and fall, cordless, battery-powered models are an increasingly popular option.

Light and compact compared with traditional petrol models, cordless mowers are simple to use, easy to manoeuvre around the garden, and have none of the maintenance and servicing needs or costs of petrol lawnmowers. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which charges up quickly and won’t lose power in storage, they’re also quiet and emission free.

To compare these cordless mowers against other types of mower, we’ve reviewed the best lawn mowers, robotic lawn mowers, electric lawn mowers and push mowers, too. And if your lawn needs a bit of attention, our experts have tested a range of the best manual and powered aerators and scarifiers.Keep edges looking neat with our pick of the best strimmers, the best garden shears and the best lawn edging, and if you’re thinking about somewhere to store your new mower, our comprehensive guide to choosing the best garden shed will be helpful.

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The best cordless mowers to buy at a glance

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Getting the best cordless lawn mower for you means ensuring it has the correct cutting width, range of cutting heights, and weight plus a battery run time that matches the size of your lawn. We’ve tested a range of cordless push mowers, putting them through their paces across a range of grass and terrains, to help you find the right one for your garden.

Each mower has a detailed list of pros and cons for clarity and has been rated according to set up and storage, handling, mowing and value for money. Every mower in our round up below has scored a minimum of four out of five stars, so you can buy with confidence.

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Husqvarna Aspire LC34-P4A

Our rating: 4.9 out of 5

  • Quiet
  • Cuts even long grass with ease
  • Battery level visible while mowing
  • Small and compact for easy storage
  • Part of the POWER FOR ALL cordless range

Part of the new Husqvarna Aspire cordless range, which includes a hedge trimmer, pruner and leaf blower, this 34cm mower is powered by an 18V POWER FOR ALL ALLIANCE battery and charger. These are interchangeable with tools in other leading brands such as Flymo, Gardena and Bosch so if you also invest in tools in these ranges, you’ll only need to buy the bare tool and won’t have different batteries and chargers taking up space in the shed.Great for small gardens the mower comes ready to go, there’s no assembly or handles to attach, and it folds down to a compact size when you’re finished, with a telescopic handle that folds completely flat over the body of the mower. It can then be stood up against a wall or hung up, and even comes with a handy hook. The 30l grass bag also flattens down to take up very little room and can be hung on the mower. The Aspire is light, with a carry handle so that lifting it up steps or into other areas is easy and it has an adjustable handle to suit different height users. It’s comfortable and easy to manoeuvre around the garden and has just four cutting heights to choose from, ranging from 25-65mm and changed easily with a single lever on the body of the mower. It cuts grass quietly and smoothly and has an automatic boost that increases blade speed when you’re mowing in tougher, longer areas that works well. You can hear it kick in when you push the mower into longer grass and unlike other cordless mowers that can cut out, just carries on cutting the grass. While you mow the battery charge level is always clearly visible so you know how much battery you have left and when it needs charging. It comes with a two year warranty and we awarded it a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy in 2023 for ease of use.


Specs: Battery: charge time. 95 mins; run time. 500sqm. Cutting: width. 34cm; height. 25-65mm. Grass box. 30 litre.

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Greenworks GDG24LM33

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Comfortable padded handle
  • Choice of mulching or collecting clippings
  • Interchangeable battery with Greenworks 24V family

Ideal for smaller gardens this sturdy, great value cordless mower is easy to put together, well thought out and simple to use. Thanks to a padded handle it’s comfortable to push, although it did feel a little short for our taller tester, and it’s light and easy to manoeuvre around trees and beds and borders. There are five cutting heights to choose from, adjusted with the simple lift of a lever and it offers the choice of collecting clippings in the 30 litre fabric grass bag or inserting the mulching plug and leaving them on the lawn to break down and feed the grass. It mows well but doesn’t like very long grass, with the battery cutting out occasionally but its long lasting brushless motor offers a a decent run time of 46 minutes and it charges in two hours. Plus, as part of the Greenworks 24V family, both the battery and charger are interchangeable with all the other tools in the range, saving you money if you invest in more in the future. We awarded it a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy for the best budget cordless mower in 2023.

Specs: Battery: charge time. 120 mins; run time. 46mins. Cutting: width. 33cm; height. 25-70mm. Grass box. 30 litre.

Yard Force LMG37A 40v 37cm

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

  • Rear roller
  • Double folding handle for easy storage
  • Quickest charge time
  • Part of the Yardforce GR40 cordless range

This sturdy mower has a 37cm cutting width and useful features including a rear roller for those much desired stripes. Awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy in 2022 for small to medium lawns, clippings are collected in the large 40 litre fabric grass bag. It offers a wide choice of seven cutting heights, from 25-75mm, and is easy to fold away at the end of the day. The 40V battery is quick to charge, taking just 50 minutes and when full it has the capacity to cut a 400m2 lawn.

Specs: Battery: charge time. 50 mins; run time. 400sqm. Cutting: width. 37cm; height. 25-75mm. Grass box. 40 litre.

Buy the Yard Force LMG37A 40V 37cm cordless mower from Yard Force, Amazon and Wickes