Whether you’ve got a postage stamp or a football pitch to contend with over the summer, all the expert advice recommends that you get out to cut your lawn every week.

As head grounds person you need to make sure that the machine in your shed is going to make the most of your patch of green and turn it into a talking point when you gather in the garden.

As with all garden kit, there’s a choice to be made between petrol, battery and electric.

Larger lawns are usually suited to the extended run time that petrol machines bring, but there are plenty of mowers these days that are powered by batteries that offer excellent performance without the hassle of starter cords, filling fuel tanks and maintenance.

Most mowers are self-propelled (you can save money if you’re willing to do some of the hard work yourself) and make light work of the largest areas of turf, but you should also consider the cutting width of the machine – the bigger the blade, the quicker you’ll be done.

Similarly, if the mower has a mulching option or a sizeable collection bag you’ll spend less time disposing of the cuttings and more time mowing.

Over the season, you’ll need to keep adjusting the height that you’re cutting at so the mower should have a good selection that can be adjusted effortlessly without having to raise or lower every individual wheel, which is a hassle.

You should also be aware that if you have a garden with slopes, undulations and plenty of obstacles that your weapon of choice should be manoeuvreable enough to avoid collisions that could damage the housing of the machine – not to mention your ornamental bird bath.

Ultimately, though, it all comes down to the quality of the finish. Does the blade cut efficiently at all heights without pulling or tearing and does the mower leave behind a nice clean cut without scalping or scraping? Leaving you to spend some quality time with your deckchair.

The verdict: Lawn mowers

If you don’t want the smell of freshly cut grass spoiled by petrol fumes and you need something quiet and efficient then the Atco quattro 16S Li 60V self-propelled lawn mower is the perfect all rounder for any one with a medium sized garden. It really can do it all from cutting, feeding and striping your lawn. The Ego LM1903E-SP 47cm self-propelled mower is jam-packed with features and did a superb job of transforming a large, unruly lawn into an impressively smooth layer of grass.

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