To Plant
In Your


Sun Gardens Logo
Gardening with Annuals
Bees and Bats in the garden
Attracting birds to gardens
Gardening with bulbs
Butterfly attracting plants in the garden
Day trips in New Mexico
Plant Diseases
Fertilizing your garden plants
Growing fruit and nut trees
Fruits & Veggies in the garden
Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses
Ground Covers for the garden
Gardening with herbs
Houseplants for the home
Insects & Pests in the garden
Irrigation systems and how to install - installing a sprinkler system
Landscape Ideas
Landscape maintenance choosing the right equipment
Native desert plants for the garden
Organic gardening in the desert
Palm trees for the desert
Perennials for the desert garden
Ponds and watergardens, installation and care
Southwest Recipes
Rose gardens in the desert southwest
Gardening with seeds
Shade trees and windbreak trees for the desert southwest garden
Shrubs for the desert southwest garden
How to care for turtles, water turtles and desert tortoises
Vines for the garden
Weeds in the desert southwest garden
Yard Art for your garden
Home | About Us | Our Blog | Garden Tips | Organic Gardening | Fun Facts | Recipes
  Lawn mowers
Rotary mowers

Lawn Mowers

Reel and Rotary Mowers

There are two major types of lawn mowers,"reel" and "rotary".

The reel mower is best for bermuda and other grasses, that spread by runners. Reel mowers have a wheel with several blades, kinda like a ferris wheel. Golf courses use reel mowers to get that flat, smooth appearance.

The rotary mower is best for fescue and other non-runner type grasses. Rotary mowers have one or more blades mounted under the deck and they rotate like a clock.

Mowing Basics

Always use a string trimmer around trees, shrubs and sprinkler heads before mowing. Do not girdle the tree, use low power.

First go around the outside edge of the lawn a couple of times, this gives you a turn around area, then start at one side and go up and back until finished.

Alternating your path from week to week will help prevent wheel trenches or undesirable patterns in the lawn.

Keep mower blades sharp for a better cut. Dull blades will shred the grass tips, giving the lawn a brown appearance.


A mower that won't start or dies in the middle of the job is very frustrating, but it can be avoided.

Before starting the mower in early spring, sharpen the blades, clean or replace the spark plug, clean the air filter, change the oil and replace the oil filter. Do not store a mower with gas in it, or if that cannot be avoided use gas stabilizer.

Regular maintenance will prolong the life of your mower and ultimately give you a better mowing experience. More on this subject, coming soon, so check back often.

Landscaper mowing lawn
Sun Gardens employee
mowing a lawn

Interesting Articles by Marty

The Best Lawn Mower

The Best String Trimmer

String Trimmer & Blower Repair



Photography © www.martymoore.com

© 2018 www.sungardensinc.com   All Rights Reserved

Privacy Policy | Site Usage Agreement | Interesting Links