Starting a Lawn Care Business in 2023: The Ultimate Guide
This article is going to be a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to starting a lawn care business.
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One of the biggest questions about starting a lawn care business is:
Is starting a lawn care business worth it?
Wrapped up in that one question is a lot of underlying questions like:
Spoiler Alert: Yes, it’s worth it.
This article is going to be a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to start a lawn care business. And the first step happens to also be the easiest way to prove to you that starting a lawn care business is worth it.
In this article, we’ll cover:
It’s important to note that this article is written from the perspective that this lawn care business is a side hustle, not a full-time job. If you want to turn your lawn care side hustle into a career, most of the numbers we mention in this article won’t apply. But it might be exactly what you need just to get started!
Sketching Out a Rough Business Model
Don’t worry. we’re keeping the emphasis on “rough.” We’re not going to be using complicated equations here. We just want to do a little napkin math to answer a few questions that are important to the success of our business:
- How much will it cost us to get started?
- How much will it cost us to run our business on a monthly basis?
- How many Clients do we need to get to cover those expenses and start making money?
As with any business model, we have to make certain assumptions but we’ll try to be conservative and back up our assumptions as much as possible. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll be building out everything from scratch. If you already have equipment or even a few Clients, you’re already a few steps ahead. Well done!
Before we dive in, the first number we need to nail down is how much money we want to make out of this business. Let’s say we’re wanting to mow as a side-hustle to put an extra 15,000 in our s each year. Knowing what we’re working towards will help us reverse-engineer our business to make sure we know exactly what we need to do to get there.
Let’s start by determining our startup costs. These are one-time expenses just to get the new business up and running.
Startup Costs: One-time expenses that are incurred in the process of starting a business, such as equipment.
- Push Lawn Mower: 400
- Weed Eater: 150
- Blower: 75
- Gas Can: 20
- Safety Glasses: 15
- Ear Plugs: 5
- Gloves: 10
Of course, it would be really easy to jump down the equipment rabbit hole and spend thousands of dollars on a nice set up. But if the budget is tight or if this is just a side gig, we can get started from scratch for about 700 with a residential-grade setup. Let’s assume you have a truck or SUV (or are willing to roll down the road with your car’s trunk open) so that you don’t have to buy a trailer.
Pro Tip: look on Craigslist or Marketplace for used equipment if you need to lower your startup costs further.
A ZTR (zero turn radius) mower, a stick edger, a customized trailer… all of these things can improve the speed and quality of our service. But since we’re just starting out, it’s probably worth it to get started with the bare bones and improve our set up as we can afford it.
We’ve got our equipment and we know our goal is to make 15,000 per year. Now we have to figure out our Operating Expenses which is basically determining how much it costs to run our business on a monthly basis, but here’s the hard truth: it depends. I’m sure it sounds like a cop-out. But really, it depends on quite a few things such as:
- Fuel prices.
- How well we treat and maintain our equipment.
- How quickly we go through blades and trimmer line.
- Insurance (which we recommend!) and the amount of coverage we purchase.
- Even though it’s not technically an operating expense, we’ll even throw in savings for new equipment.
To start off, we’ll set aside 25% of our revenue for everything mentioned above and adjust from there. This is definitely an over-simplification, but we have to start somewhere. If we want to build a large company, we’ll need new equipment at some point. However, if this will remain a side hustle, then we can go ahead and run that 21” Toro into the ground.
Operating Expenses: The money you spend running the business day-to-day such as insurance and gasoline.
Awesome, our business is up and running! Now, it’s time to make money. Since we want to put an extra 15,000 in our s, that means we need to generate more revenue than that so we can cover our expenses. We’ll calculate that below.
With a job such as lawn care, there are a lot more variables in play than if we were making widgets in a factory. Things that we can’t control such as weather, lot size, and traffic. Since we can’t nail down exact numbers, we have to use assumptions that are averages based on how we think we’ll do in a given mowing season. If we get rained out two days one week, we may have to work a few extra days the following week to make up for it. You get the picture.
So let’s talk about a few assumptions:
- A 6-month (26-week) lawn care season from April to September.
- We’ll mow 3 days per week.
- A 40 average price tag per yard.
- Cutting the grass every week of the season. Of course, this varies all across the country, so take this into consideration!
- Your operating expenses and savings for new equipment stays constant at 25% of revenue.
Great! Now let’s use those assumptions to determine how many clients we need:
Step 1: Divide our take-home target of 15,000 by.75 (125 for Operating Expenses) to get the amount of revenue we need to generate. 15,000 /.75 = 20,000 in Gross Revenue needed.
Gross Revenue: In case you’re not familiar with the term, gross revenue isn’t disgusting. It’s simply the money coming in before we’ve paid for all of our expenses. Once we’ve paid for our expenses, the money left over is called Net Revenue. That’s what we take home.
Step 2: Divide our 20,000 Annual Revenue Goal by the 6-month season (26 weeks) to get our Weekly Revenue Goal of 770.
Step 3: Divide 770 by the 3 days we work each week to get our Daily Revenue Goal of 256.
Step 4: Divide 256 by the 40 we charge per yard to get the number of yards we need to mow per day which comes to 6.4.
Step 5: Multiply 6.4 yards a day times 3 days a week, times 1 for weekly service. So, 6.4 x 3 x 1 = 19.2 clients. Let’s round up to 20 clients since I don’t think anyone would want only 20% of their yard mowed.
Let’s check our math. Our net revenue should be slightly higher than 15,000 since we rounded up in a few places.
x.75 (75% is what we take home since 25% is for Operating Expenses/Savings)
= 15,600 (Take-Home Cash or Net Revenue)
Nice job! That wasn’t so hard. We can adjust the numbers based on our goals, equipment needs, and other circumstances that unfold as we run our business. Still, this is a solid starting point.
Since we’re making more than we’re spending, our business is Cash Flow Positive.
I think it’s safe to say that starting a lawn care business is worth it! It costs us less than 1,000 to get started and in less than a month we’ve built a profitable side hustle.
Coming Up With a Brand
In the world of lawn care, word-of-mouth is the best marketing. Not only is it the most common way for a lawn care business to grow, it’s the most preferred way for a lawn care business to grow! If a Client passes our name along to their nextdoor neighbor, we now have two properties next to one another which shortens our time on the road. In an ideal world, all of our Clients would exist in a single neighborhood, effectively eliminating drive time and maximizing Route Density. Of course, that’s not always possible, but we can increase our odds by doing two things:
Route Density: This refers to how close together each client’s property is. The closer they are, the denser the route which means less time in your truck and more money per hour.
We’ll cover the first one in another article. For now, let’s FOCUS on optimizing for referrals by building a shareable brand.
Personal Business Name
Since this is a side hustle and we want to keep the operation small, the most valuable asset we have is your name. YOU are the brand.
You’re the voice on the other end of the line when people call asking for a quote. You’re the one pulling up in front of their house and servicing their property. And, unfortunately, you’re the one they’re yelling at if you break a window. We don’t say that to scare you, we say that to establish the power of your name. Simple. Memorable. Personal.
Starting out? Let’s just go with the name you already know. Your own.
Example: John Smith’s Lawn Care or Smith Lawn Care
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Here’s a good 4-step approach to coming up with a name:
Step 1: Create a Name — Write out a list of twenty names. Half of them might be horrible but just getting the ideas down on paper (or in your notes app on your phone) will help the creative juices flow. Here is a fun exercise to get started: pick one item from each list and slap them together. If you’re a risk taker, close your eyes and point to the screen.
Here’s an example for you: let’s say my name was Tim Johnson and I was in Dallas, Texas. I could name my company “Johnson Lawn Care Co.” Wow, that sounds solid. Or if I wanted to keep it short and personal, I could just name it “Tim’s Lawns”.
Step 2: Check for Availability — Let’s make sure you’re not going to step on anyone’s toes here. Do a quick Google search of your favorite name to see if anyone is using it. It may be helpful to Google your proposed name with your city’s name behind it to double check. If someone is using it that’s around you or has a trademark on it, go to your next option. It’s not worth getting into a legal battle. If we’re looking to have a social media presence (which we recommend!) it’s good to do a quick check to see if the names we like are available on all of the web and social channels. We’ll use a service like NameCheck.com (it’s free) and search for our business name which will give us a comprehensive overview of the name’s availability.
Step 3: Create a Logo — Once we’ve landed on which name we’re going with, we need to create a logo for the business. Read this article to learn more about how to create a logo that’s memorable, noticeable, and professional. We cover everything from colors to fonts to icons and more. If you’re ready to pay for a professionally designed logo or brand kit, our Brand Services team can take care of you. But if we’re just starting out, there’s no need to drop cash on a high-end logo yet. let’s FOCUS on getting some money in our first.
Step 4: Claim Your Name — A quick win is to set up a new Gmail account so we’re not emailing Clients from that email@example.com email from high school. Next, we’ll use that new email to sign up for the various social media platforms and create an account with GoDaddy so we can register the.com URL for our website. For now, we won’t worry about those social media accounts or the website. You can read this article if you want more information on creating a social media plan. We just need to make sure we create accounts with each so that no one else can take them.
Commercial Business Name
Down the road, if we decide we want to turn this new side-hustle into a fully-fledged operation with multiple crews, a fleet of trucks, an office manager and a huge book of business, using your own name might not be the best option. You might not be the one picking up the phone, mowing their lawn or handling broken window claims. So providing the business with a commercial brand would be a good choice.
Coming up with a name that isn’t cheesy but IS memorable can be a difficult task. But here are a few things we’ll want to keep in mind:
- Keep it short. Long names are harder to remember.
- Keep it simple. Words that are hard to spell or are purposely misspelled can make it harder for Clients to find us with a quick Google search.
- Keep it unique. Using a generic name like “[Your City] Lawn Care” blends in and doesn’t stick in the mind. This is perhaps the most difficult part of coming up with a name.
Setting Your Pricing
Before we get too deep in the weeds (pun intended) with marketing our business and finding Clients, we need to define our pricing first. While setting pricing might seem straightforward at first glance, it can quickly become complicated.
- The Services we offer.
- The Time it takes to complete them.
- The Quality at which we execute.
- The Size of the lot we’re servicing.
- The Complexity of the lot we’re servicing.
That list can be overwhelming since there are a lot of unknowns such as lot size and complexity. This makes it important for us to have a system for pricing that is more thoughtful and systematic than simply looking at it and pulling a price out of our grass. So we’re going to break this down into smaller portions and tackle it one bite at a time.
Step 1: Determine your services.
Since we’re just getting started, let’s keep it simple and start with the lawn care basics like mowing, blowing, weed eating and edging. Depending on the state, other services may have strict licensing requirements so we need to make sure we know which ones we’re legally allowed to offer. A Google search and a bit of research should answer that question in no time.
Step 2: Understand the market.
Based on the services we’re offering, let’s find some middle of the road prices. We can start by reaching out to neighbors or friends that live nearby to see what their lawn care operator charges them. We’ll take into consideration the size and complexity of their property and what services the operator provides. If we have a friend who cuts grass, they could really help us out here. What we’re trying to do here is get a general idea of the market so we can better position ourselves in it.
Step 3: Determine your hourly rate.
You’ve heard it said that time is money, right? It’s true! Our time is valuable and we need to know it and believe it. Starting off, a good hourly rate is 45-55 per man hour. As with any profession, we’ll be able to raise our hourly rate as we gain experience and can prove the quality of our service. Remember, this may be much higher depending on the cost of living in our city, which is why we included step #2!
When it comes to bidding yards, think about it in terms of how much time it will take to complete. It takes a bit of experience to be able to glance at a property and accurately estimate this, but don’t worry too much. We can always adjust later on or fire a client (no joke!) if we really mess up a bid and they won’t agree to pay more.
Step 4: Determine your minimum.
Setting a minimum helps us make sure that the yard is still worth our time. Let’s say our hourly rate is 50 and we’re bidding a yard that will take 15 minutes. Just because it is a 12.50 yard (50 x.25 hours = 12.50) by our hourly rate doesn’t mean we should charge 12.50! It depends on the city, but our minimum should be between 60-70% of our hourly rate. So, a 50 hourly rate would mean our minimum should be between 30-35. There are a lot of opinions out there, but using 30 as a minimum isn’t a bad starting point.
Step 5: Go get repetitions.
We’re not going to get it right every time, and that’s okay. Repetitions help us dial this skill in so let’s get out there and cut ourselves some slack! Pay attention to the nuances of each yard and learn from others.
- If two yards are the same size, and one of them requires more weed eating, we should charge more for the second yard. Remember, bid by the time it takes to service it, not necessarily the yard size.
- If someone has multiple properties with us, we could give them a discount for their business. Along those same lines, if someone has a larger property, we could offer them a price break since we’re not having to travel to other jobs to work the same number of hours (remember route density?)
- Ask new clients to talk with their neighbors and pay them a referral bonus if they bring in a new client. We may even consider offering a group of neighbors a discount if they all sign up with us. This increases route density a lot!
- We’re not going to be “that guy” that says “any yard for 20”. First of all, it’s not good for business. We’re worth more than that and we simply can’t sustain it. Secondly, it’s not good for the industry. Cutting grass is good, honest, hard work. It takes a tremendous amount of skill to provide quality lawn care service. It’s not cheap or easy work and shouldn’t be painted as such. Okay… we’ll get off the soapbox now.
We wrote about pricing in greater detail in our article, “How to Price Lawn Mowing Jobs,” and also created a powerful pricing chart that you can download for free here.
Getting Your First 10 Clients
It’s time to get down to brass tacks: finding people to give us money.
Who is our target audience?
The first thing we need to do is understand WHO needs our service. There are really only two necessary characteristics:
The best place for us to start is by using our existing network. Social media is an extremely powerful way to get information out there. If you’re not on any social media platforms, just twist your friend’s arm to help you out.
Post on Social Media
A simple post on a few platforms, such as and Instagram, is sure to get us a few clients. Let’s copy the paragraph below and fill in the blanks.
Hey, everyone! I’m starting a lawn care company called [enter the name of your business] and would love the chance to service your property. I’m offering [enter your services] and estimates are completely free! Shoot me a message and we can go from there.
If you’re willing, please share this with anyone you know who you might be interested!
Simple, but effective! You could also use that as a script for a video if you feel comfortable with that.
Using Other Websites
There are a few other great options out there to help us get the word out about our business such as Craigslist and Nextdoor. The Nextdoor app allows people in the same area to talk about relevant topics to their neighborhood. Many people use it to request services such as lawn care. We’ll keep an eye on these.
Identify Target Neighborhoods
Pull up Google Maps and find your house. From there, let’s look in a 5-mile radius for any neighborhoods that you’re familiar with or have contacts in. The closer to your house, the better as that will cut down on drive time and help us make more money per hour.
Where to begin?
Once we’ve found a couple neighborhoods, we’ll start by reaching out to the people you know first. If we can convert that friend to a paying customer, fantastic! That’s one down. If not, we can ask if they would mind introducing us to a neighbor. A simple introduction by a neighbor can be a huge vote of confidence for a homeowner. The more we can inspire trust, the more likely they are to give us their business.
If we don’t know anyone in that neighborhood, that’s okay! We’ll start with a simple door knocking campaign. Face to face conversations are always better than phone calls or emails. It helps homeowners feel more comfortable with the person they’re letting into their backyard.
A couple things to be aware of… some subdivisions prohibit solicitation, which could get us in trouble if we go knocking on doors. It’s just better to avoid these all together. To help people feel comfortable, knock on the door, and step back 5-6 feet. This will show the potential client that we respect them, which is always a good way to start a relationship.
From there, we’ll use a simple script like this:
Hello! My name is [your first name] and I own [your business name]. I was wondering if you would be okay if I gave you a free estimate for lawn care services. Are you interested?
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Pro Tip: If you’re going door to door, don’t dress in the torn up, dirty clothes that you’ll be mowing in. Throw on a nice pair of jeans and a clean shirt. You don’t have to dress up in slacks and a button down shirt, but look presentable. People are more likely to answer the door and give their business to someone who looks like they have their act together.
Got your first customer? That’s a huge win! You now have a legitimate, money-making business. As we begin growing our book of business, we’ll want to keep a couple things in mind:
- By now, we’ve talked about route density a lot. In a perfect world, all of your Clients would exist on one street so you can move house to house without ever having to get back in your truck. We can aim for tight route density, but when we’re starting up we shouldn’t be afraid to take jobs that are a little further apart than we may prefer. You can always let a client go in the future.
- Second, an introduction from an existing Client drastically increases your probability of closing other Clients. So don’t be afraid to ASK. Simply ask, “would you mind introducing me to your next door neighbor? I would love to mow their yard as well and it would mean a lot.”
Pro Tip: To further increase your chances of an introduction, explain to your Client that, since you won’t have to pack up and drive, you’ll give both them AND their neighbor 5 off if they’ll be so kind as to introduce you and their neighbor ends up becoming a Client.
Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Alright, we’ve got some Clients! Let’s address some of the common pitfalls that young lawn care operators run into. If we can avoid those, we’ll be off to a great start.
Pitfall 1: Not putting a monetary value on their time.
Let’s say that a yard takes us an hour and a half to service and we make 60. It can be exciting to do some quick math and think, “wow, I’m making 40 an hour!” While we may have worked on the property for an hour and a half, we haven’t taken into account all of the time it takes to run the rest of the business.
- Scheduling all of the jobs out on a calendar.
- Rescheduling them because of rain.
- Communicating with the Clients about when you’ll be coming out.
- Loading up the trailer.
- Filling up the gas tank in the truck and all the equipment.
- Creating an invoice for each job.
- Sending those invoices to your Clients.
- Collecting payments.
- Logging those payments and the receipts for gas in Quickbooks.
When we begin adding up all of the time it takes us to run the business and divide the amount we made by the number of hours we spent, we’re no longer running a 40/hr business. That’s not to say we aren’t still making good money! It just might be less than we expected.
The solution is fairly straightforward: maximize our efficiency and streamline as many administrative tasks as possible so we make more per hour. We’ll get into this more in a bit.
Pitfall 2: Not collecting basic Client information.
You might be surprised how many lawn care professionals don’t even know the last name of their Clients. Or their email address. Or even the address of the house they’re servicing! They’re simply showing up at “Sam’s neighbor’s house by the 7eleven.”
- If we don’t have an address, we can’t effectively manage your routes.
- If we don’t have an email address, we can’t send an official invoice or receipt.
- If we don’t have a phone number, we can’t communicate with the Client.
- If we don’t have a service frequency, we can’t effectively schedule jobs.
- If we don’t have a price, we might invoice them for the wrong amount.
And as we start to grow the business, we can’t simply hold this information in our heads. We need a system to efficiently collect and store our business information.
We should have the following information on file for every single Client:
- First and Last Name
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Property Address
- Special Instructions
- Service Frequency
Pitfall 3: Not treating lawn care as a legitimate business.
A lawn care business is still a legitimate business and there are some simple things we can do to spruce up our professional image and help make it easy for folks to recommend us to others.
We’ve heard story after story of lawn care providers simply not showing up when they said they were going to. Some just disappeared, never to be heard from again. We can’t afford to be those guys. In lawn care, your reputation is everything and being seen as a quality lawn care business is 80% about just showing up and doing the job you were hired to do.
Second, we can communicate clearly and often.
We can let them know when we’re on our way, when we’ve arrived, when we’ve finished the job, when we’ve sent an invoice and when we’ve received payment.
Third, we can leave a paper trail.
We can regularly send invoices for the jobs we perform and send receipts when payments are made so there’s a paper trail of how much is owed and how much has been paid.
All of these things are common courtesies that help our Clients trust us and feel confident recommending us to their friends.
Managing Your Clients and Jobs
Now that we’ve got a handful of Clients, we need to work on putting basic systems in place to run our business well. In order to maximize our efficiency, we’ll want to automate as much as possible.
We can use an app like Check which automates a number of time consuming tasks, completely eliminating those things from our to-do list.
- Automatically sending invoices at the completion of a job.
- Automatically scheduling jobs on a regular cadence (eg. every week).
- Automatically generating the shortest route for the day.
- Automatically calculating each Client’s balance based on invoice and payment activity.
It also makes other tasks much easier, such as:
- Logging Client payments (and how they paid).
- Capturing and storing critical Client information.
- Rescheduling or canceling jobs due to weather or equipment malfunction.
- Keeping track of job details and special Client requests.
By eliminating or reducing the amount of time it takes to manage the admin part of the business, it frees us up to take on more Clients and thus, earn more money with less of a headache. If you have a few Clients already, getting started should take less than 15 minutes.
Step 1: Sign Up For an Account
We just have to add some basic information like name, phone number, email address and services. It should only take a minute.
Step 2: Download the Mobile App
Download the mobile app for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and log in with your new account.
Step 3: Import Your Clients
Check allows you to import Clients from your contacts on your phone so if you’ve added their name, phone number, email and address into your contacts, adding them to Check is as simple as importing them. If their information is in your notes app on your phone or written down on paper somewhere, it’s still easy to do but estimate it taking about 20-30 seconds per Client to fill out their information.
Step 4: Set up Recurring Jobs
Now that our Clients are in Check, we can add Recurring Jobs to each Property. If a Client has more than one Property, we can add both Properties in their profile first. Then, simply go to each Client’s profile, and add a Recurring Job for each set of services that need to be scheduled on different cadences. For example:
Now that we’re set up with Check, we can spend a lot more of our time focusing on the work itself and less time thinking about the pile of invoices we have to create when we get home this evening.
Wrapping it Up
We certainly hope that this guide has been helpful and we wish you the best of luck with your lawn care journey! If you have questions that we didn’t adequately answer in this guide, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to chat with you and make sure that we answer all of your questions.
And, as always, if you have any ideas or suggestions about how we can improve Check, please let us know! We want to build the best product for YOU.
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How To Name Your Landscape Business
According to Insurance Bee, as of 2019, there were 1.2m people employed in the landscaping industry in the US. And, as a whole, the US landscaping industry is worth a whopping 105.1bn! You might be wanting to set up your own landscaping business, in which case you’ll need to come up with some totally unique landscaping names.
I’m Molly, and I am here to guide you through that name-picking process! I will offer you the chance to use our lawn care name generator as well as take you through some real-world landscaping names.
Keep on reading for tips and tricks as well as how you can get started on the name-picking journey.
Landscape Business Name Ideas
To find these landscaping names, I came up with around 5-6 words that I would associate with ‘landscaping’ and popped them into our Landscape Business Name Generator. These are a selection of what I thought was 20 of the best business names:
- Architecture Growth
- Artful Scenery
- Clever Landscapes
- Crafted Scenery
- Garden Architecture
- Garden Puzzle
- Gentle Garden
- Happy Garden
- Landscape Assist
- Landscape Fix
- Landscape Solved
- Landscape Tape
- Lucky Landscapes
- Nature Landscaping
- Picture Perfect Landscape
- Scenery Bug
- Scenery Hunter
- Scenery Spruce
- Urban Architecture
- Vivid Landscapes
Best Real-world Landscape Business Names
Before you start brainstorming your own landscaping names, it’s wise to do some research into landscaping businesses that are already out there. This will be beneficial for you as you can scope out what makes a name so successful.
Let’s take a look at some of the best real-world landscape business names and see what makes them so appealing and how they have built their success today.
This lawn care service is home to local lawn care professionals who are expertise in lawns and landscaping!
The name is extremely catchy and unique, showing that they are the lawn professionals and the best in the business. Customers are immediately aware of their services on offer and therefore won’t want to go anywhere else.
The Grounds Guys
The Grounds Guys currently have more than 180 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Best known for their seasonal services, this company is up there with some of the best landscaping work.
The use of alliteration makes this name snappy to say, which ultimately makes it a lot more memorable. To the customers, they know they can rely on dependable guys to come and landscape their garden.
This landscaping business has been creating outdoor spaces in Chicago since 1984.
The use of rhyme and similar words makes this name stand out and attracts attention. Plus, the use of the word ‘cityscape’ means that audiences are aware of where this landscaping is based.
By the Blade
By the Blade offers an extended range of landscaping services including mowing and trimming the lawn, as well as planting trees and shrubs.
Customers understand that all of the landscaping work is done ‘by the blade’ as the name suggests, therefore at a quick glance at the name they are aware of their services on offer.
This landscaping company offers a range of services, including the installation of dog and pet grass.
This name allows customers to visualize their perfect garden and shows that the services they offer are magical and luxurious.
Unique Content for the Niche
Consider adding a personal touch to your landscape business name. As we have seen with the real-world landscape business examples above, including a name or some sort of link back to yourself is really popular and successful.
It allows customers to visualize a reliant and friendly person carrying out their landscaping services, which therefore would make them more likely to contact you.
Many landscapers earn their reputation through recommendations and creating relationships with their customers, therefore including words in your business name such as ‘doctor’, ‘guy’, or ‘man’ allows your audience to already connect with you without having met you first.
Your business name has got to start somewhere, so why not take it back to the old-fashioned way and grab yourself a piece of paper and a pen.
Jot down as many words as you can that you would associate with the word ‘landscaping’. This will help to get your brain whirring and means that your business name will link back to the services you have on offer. If you’re struggling, try using some of these words to get you started:
You can then pop these words one by one into our lawn care name generator and see what ideas are suggested!
Make sure it makes sense
There are a lot of people out there who aren’t as clued up on landscaping terminology as others. Customers don’t want to spend hours searching for a landscaper; they want to find someone reliable who knows what they are doing. Therefore, your name needs to convey this.
When you are brainstorming landscaping names, try to keep it simple so that customers will be able to understand what you do just from the glance of your name. Sometimes, the simpler the better!
If customers are able to say your business name with ease, it also means that it will be easy to spell which makes it better for people to find you when searching for your company online.
Ask for feedback
This is perhaps one of the most important steps you can take in order to ensure your landscape business name is well received by others.
Asking for feedback on your potential landscaping names means that you will be more aware as to which names work and which names don’t. Try to gather a good range of people and ask them questions about your business name such as:
You can even ask people to rate each potential name on a scale from 1-10 as this will give you a clear idea of the most and least popular names.
Check for domain availability
This is something that many businesses don’t check, so completing this step early on will be extremely beneficial. There’s nothing worse than thinking you have come up with some of the best landscaping names only to realize that you can’t actually use them!
Don’t worry though, as you can do a quick Business Name Search online to see if your name is available to use in your country/state.
It is best to do this as soon as you like the sound of a potential business name as you will be able to find out whether to keep it or get back to brainstorming!
Use our Landscape Business Name Generator
Hopefully, these tips have been useful so far and you now have a bit more inspiration when it comes to brainstorming some good landscaping names.
We would like to remind you of our Landscape Business Name generator, as well as our lawn care name generator. They really are the perfect tools to use when it comes to offering some inspirational landscaping names that you could use.
It really is so easy to use! Simply come up with some words that you want to use or associate with ‘landscaping’, pop them into the generator, and sit back and relax as dozens of potential landscaping names are presented to you at the click of a button!
How do I choose a landscaping business name?
Choosing your business name can be a daunting and overwhelming task. However, if you follow some simple steps then you’ll be choosing great landscaping names in no time. Consider following these basic steps:
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Creating a lawn care business, you obviously want to gather as many customers as possible. It can be hard to put yourself and your business out there, but these are just some of the ways that you can promote your landscaping business:
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The 14 Best Lawn Mower Brands of 2023
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A healthy lawn requires regular mowing, and that means sorting through the many lawn mower brands, along with the various types of mowers, that are available. There are walk-behind mowers, self-propelled mowers, riding mowers, and even robotic lawn mowers. Some lawn mower brands specialize in just one or two types of mowers, while others offer them all.
To sort through the many options, we spoke with three landscaping experts: Alex Tinsman, gardener and founder of How To Houseplant; Brock Ingham, gardener, landscaper, and founder of website Bigger Garden; and gardener Henry Bravo, founder and editor-in-chief of Smart Garden Home. The three were unanimous in naming Toro, Honda, and Robomow as top brands, and praised many others, including Greenworks, Cub Cadet, and Husqvarna.
“We’ve come a long way since the first lawnmower was invented in 1830,” Ingham says. “It weighed over 100 pounds and had to be hand cranked! Now there are many brands of lawn mowers on the market, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The best brand of lawn mower depends on the type of mower you are looking for and your specific needs. That’s why it’s important to do your research and read reviews before making a purchase.”
We evaluated lawn mower brands based on reputation, quality, durability, range of products and types of mowers offered, and value, as well as input from our three landscaping experts.
Just in time for summer, many of the recommended lawn mower brands listed below are having a sale. Save up to 20 percent off an automower from Husqvarna, up to 100 off select 60V mowers from Greenworks, and up to 1,000 off a Ryobi riding lawn mower. Toro is also offering up to 200 off select models and Cub Cadet has riding mowers for sale up to 300 off. To help you figure out which brand is best for you, keep scrolling.
Founded in Tokyo in the 1940s by Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa, Honda Motor Company started off as a maker of motorcycles, but today, of course, they are a global powerhouse that manufactures a wide range of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles, as well as engines used by other brands in their own gas-powered products. Honda first started making lawn mowers in the late 1970s and quickly became one of the top brands for both commercial and residential use. All of the experts we spoke with named Honda as one of the top gas lawn mower brands for push mowers and self-propelled mowers. We especially like the Honda HRN216VKA 21-Inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, which like other Honda mowers, is easy to start, powerful, and very effective in making even, clean cuts across the lawn.
“Honda mowers, notably the HRX series, are well-regarded for their powerful engines, reliability, and innovative features like the Versamow system, which allows you to easily mulch, bag, discharge, or shred leaves,” Bravo notes. Honda’s mowers also have a patented two-blade system, rather than the usual single blade, which further increases the cleanness of their cuts through all types of grass.
Honda mowers have few downsides, other than being somewhat expensive. And the company only offers gas mowers, not electric. Depending on the model, the warranties on Honda’s lawn mowers range from one to five years.
Another brand recommended by all of our experts, Toro was founded in 1914 as a maker of engines for farm tractors. The company invented the first golf-course mechanical mower in 1919, and introduced its first power mower in 1924. Thanks to many innovative ideas and features, Toro became a dominant brand of lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment by the 1950s and continues to hold that position today. “Toro mowers are known for their durability and ability to handle tough mowing conditions,” Ingham says.
While Toro is best-known for gas push mowers, it also manufactures self-propelled mowers, battery-powered mowers, riding mowers, and zero-turn mowers, all of which are considered tops in their categories. We especially love their self-propelled Toro 22-Inch Recycler, which includes the Personal Pace system praised by Bravo, who says, “The Personal Pace system, found in Toro’s TimeMaster and Super Recycler series, automatically adjusts to your walking speed, providing a more comfortable mowing experience.”
Like Honda, Toro mowers can be expensive, but their quality, power, and great features make them worth the extra cost. Depending on the model, warranties on Toro lawn mowers range from three years to five years.
Swedish company Husqvarna was founded more than 300 years ago as a maker of rifles (it exited the weapons industry a couple of centuries later), but over the hundreds of years since, the comany expanded its range to include many products for the home and landscape, including top-rated chainsaws. Husqvarna has been making lawn mowers since 1918 that, according to Ingham, are known for their powerful engines and versatility, making them a great choice for large lawns. Along with highly rated gas push-mowers, Husqvarna makes some of the best riding mowers and zero-turn mowers, including our favorite, the Z254F 23-HP 54-Inch Zero-Turn Lawn Mower.
Husqvarna has also entered the robotic mower market with its Automower line. Bravo notes, “Husqvarna’s Automower series is known for its cutting-edge technology, GPS-assisted navigation, and weather-resistant design. These mowers can handle complex lawns with various obstacles and slopes, providing a consistently manicured finish with minimal human intervention.”
While Husqvarna makes a wide range of powerful, effective mowers, it is also one of the more expensive brands. Husqvarna mowers are covered by a three-year limited warranty.
- Reasonably priced
- Innovative technology
- Offers battery push mowers, self-propelled mowers, riding mowers, and corded electric mowers
Greenworks was established in 2002. Bravo praises the company, saying, “Greenworks, a pioneer in battery-powered lawn equipment, offers a comprehensive line of cordless mowers, including their Pro 60V and 80V series. These mowers provide excellent cutting performance, lightweight designs, and superior battery life, making them a top choice for homeowners and professionals alike.” Greenworks also offers very reasonably priced corded mowers, including the 25022 3-in-1 20-Inch Mower, although as batteries become ever-more powerful, the popularity of corded electric mowers is fading.
Along with electric push mowers, Greenworks offers several self-propelled mowers. The innovative “SmartCut” technology lets these mowers sense the thickness of the lawn grass and adjust the speed and power accordingly, thus extending battery runtime. We especially like the 40-volt, 21-inch self-propelled mower, which has the SmartCut feature. Along with push and self-propelled mowers, Greenworks also offers battery-powered riding mowers.
While Greenwork mowers are not the most powerful, Ingham Комментарии и мнения владельцев, “Greenworks mowers are known for their affordability and wide range of features, making them a great choice for budget-conscious buyers.” Greenworks lawn mowers are covered by a limited three-year warranty.
Named for founders S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker, BLACKDECKER has been around for over a century, during which it has become one of the leading brands of power tools. It patented the first electric drill in 1917, was the first company to offer electric garden tools to homeowners in the 1950s, and was one of the first companies to sell battery-powered tools to DIYers and homeowners when it came out with a cordless drill all the way back in 1961. While BLACKDECKER does also have gas lawn mowers, those are falling by the wayside in favor of electric models.
“BLACKDECKER offers a range of affordable and lightweight battery mowers with features like folding handles for easy storage and adjustable cutting heights. Their lithium-ion batteries provide long run times and charge quickly,” Tinsman says. Along with reasonably priced push mowers, the company also offers self-propelled electric mowers at budget-conscious and is one of the few brands that still offer corded electric mowers, including the MM2000 20-Inch Push Mower.
Don’t expect the highest power or performance from a BLACKDECKER mower, but if you are looking for a reasonably priced lawn mower to keep a relatively small lawn under control, this is a reliable brand that you can count on. BLACKDECKER lawn mowers have a two-year limited warranty.
Founded in Japan in the 1940s, today Ryobi in North America is a brand name of Techtronic Industries. The company is a top name for a wide range of power tools, including outdoor products such as edgers, trimmers, snow blowers, and of course, lawn mowers. While Ryobi does not make gas mowers, it does offer corded electric push mowers as well as cordless push mowers, self-propelled mowers, and even battery-powered riding mowers. “Ryobi mowers are known for their innovative features, such as adjustable cutting heights and mulching capabilities,” Ingham notes.
While Ryobi electric mowers aren’t the most high-powered, they are reliable and reasonably priced, making them excellent options for homeowners who don’t have a very large lawn. We especially like their 40-volt, 20-inch push mower, which has a long battery runtime and is easy to store. Like other Ryobi battery mowers, it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver, making mowing less of a chore. Ryobi offers a three-year limited warranty on lawn mowers.
Israeli company Robomow was founded in 1995 as Friendly Machines. As the name suggests, the company is a top manufacturer of robotic lawn mowers with ever-increasing advanced technology and useful features, such as their RC312 Pro S, which can be controlled through Amazon Alexa. The Robomow RS series can handle lawns almost an acre in size. All Robomow mowers return to their charging docks when necessary, can handle rugged terrain or slopes, are undeterred by tall grass, are easily programmed and controlled, and remain within the perimeters set by you.
All three of our experts listed Robomow as a top brand for robotic mowers. “Robomow Robotic Mowers are known for their advanced technology and precise cutting capabilities,” Tinsman says. “Their models feature weather sensors and a mobile app for remote control and monitoring.” Bravo adds, “Robomow, a pioneer in robotic mowing, offers a range of models designed for different lawn sizes and complexities. Their RS and RC series features intelligent navigation, customizable mowing schedules, and smartphone app integration, allowing you to monitor and control your mower remotely.”
Like all robotic mowers, these are very expensive machines. And they are not always easy to find; few brick-and-mortar stores carry them and you might have to hunt to find them online. Websites Wellbots and Autmow regularly carry current models. Most Robomow products are covered by a three-year warranty.
Chinese company WORX was founded in 2004 and manufactures many electric corded or cordless tools, including chainsaws, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, and of course lawn mowers. While WORX offers some corded electric mowers, its main FOCUS is on battery mowers, including push and self-propelled options. Most WORX mowers include the patented IntelliCut technology, which automatically increases the power when mowing through thick grass and then dials it back to increase battery runtime. “WORX mowers are known for their affordability and ease of use, making them a great choice for small to medium-sized lawns,” Ingham says.
WORX has recently entered the robotic mower market with Landroid mowers, including our favorite, the WR155 Landroid M. Like other robotic mowers, it depends on you to set its perimeters, but once inside them, it tirelessly follows your orders to keep your lawn looking its best. And while still expensive, the Landroids are generally not quite as pricey as robots from other brands, making them a good choice for an entry-level lawn robot. Most WORX lawn mowers have a three-year warranty.
- Manufactures gas and electric riding mowers, zero-turn mowers, robotic mowers, push mowers, and self-propelled mowers
- Powerful, reliable performance
- Many innovative and premium features
When it comes to riding lawn mowers, all three of our experts are in agreement that Cub Cadet is one of the best in this category, although Cub Cadet does also make push mowers and self-propelled mowers, and has even released a line of robotic mowers. The American company has been making riding mowers since 1961, though it is now owned by Stanley Black Decker. Ingham likes Cub Cadet riding mowers for their excellent performance and easy maneuverability, which makes them especially well-suited to yards with slopes or rough terrain. You can choose from many models, including gas-powered, electric, and zero-turn.
Tinsman especially likes Cub Cadet’s gas riding mowers, praising their powerful engines, self-propulsion feature, rear-wheel drive, and high-performance cutting decks that provide a smooth and even cut. Bravo specifically praises Cub Cadet’s XT Enduro and Ultima series: “They provide excellent cutting quality, powerful engines, and a variety of attachments for versatile landscaping tasks.” We agree with him—the XT1 Enduro LT is our favorite gas-powered riding mower.
On the downside, you’ll pay more for the premium quality of Cub Cadet mowers. They are covered by a three-year limited warranty.
Another brand that’s renowned for riding mowers, this company has a history that goes back to 1837, when blacksmith John Deere invented a steel-bladed plow that revolutionized farming. The company continued to expand its agricultural offerings and began manufacturing tractors in the early 1900s. But it wasn’t until 1963 that the company began selling lawn tractors specifically for tending residential lawns. “John Deere riding mowers are known for their durability, comfort, and versatility, making them a great choice for large properties,” Ingham says.
The company makes powerful, reliable, and innovative riding mowers, lawn tractors, and zero-turn mowers, almost all of which are gas-powered. Bravo particularly likes the company’s X300 and X500 series of gas lawn tractors, saying they deliver exceptional performance, reliability, and comfort. We also recommend the S120 22HP 42-Inch Hydrostatic Riding Lawn Tractor, which is a very sturdy and versatile mower that even has cruise control.
As with other high-end riding mowers, you’ll pay quite a bit for a John Deere, but in return, you’ll get quality you can count on. Depending on the model, the warranty on a John Deere mower can range from two years to five years.
- Excellent power and battery runtime
- Offers cordless push mowers, self-propelled mowers, and riding mowers
- EGO batteries can be interchanged among all EGO products
EGO has established itself as one of the top names for battery-powered outdoor tools, including leaf blowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, and lawn mowers. Thanks to powerful batteries, which Ingham says are known for their long runtimes and quick recharge, an EGO lawn mower—whether push, self-propelled, or even riding—can be almost as powerful as a gas mower.
“EGO’s Power series boasts industry-leading battery technology, offering Rapid charging times, impressive runtimes, and compatibility across multiple tools,” Bravo says. “These mowers are powerful, quiet, and environmentally friendly, with the added convenience of being virtually maintenance-free.” We agree—we love the EGO Power LM2102SP self-propelled mower, which matches your walking speed and runs for up to an hour, even on hilly terrain.
While EGO mowers tend to be some of the most expensive battery options, they are also some of the best. Plus, you can use any EGO battery in any of their tools, making the brand highly versatile. The warranty on an EGO lawn mower is five years.
Now owned by Stanley Black Decker, Craftsman was established in 1927 as a brand name for tools sold at Sears department stores. This iconic brand is well-known for its extensive range of basic hand tools, such as hammers and screwdrivers, as well as power tools. The company offers a wide range of lawn mowers, as well, including both gas and electric push mowers, self-propelled mowers, riding mowers, and zero-turn mowers. We like the Craftsman gas-powered M110 21-inch push mower, which is easy to start and powerful.
“Craftsman lawn mowers are known for their affordability and reliability, making them a great choice for budget-conscious buyers,” Ingham says. While these aren’t top-of-the-line mowers, for the most part, they are more than sufficient for the average homeowner who wants to keep the lawn looking good, yet not spend a fortune on the tools to accomplish that goal. Craftsman mowers come with a three-year limited warranty.
Snow Joe started selling snow blowers in 2004, but later added on Sun Joe lines of various outdoor landscaping tools, including chainsaws, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, and lawn mowers. “Sun Joe Battery Mowers are known for their eco-friendly design and easy maneuverability,” Tinsman says. “They offer a range of models with features like instant start and detachable grass bags for easy disposal of clippings.” The brand does not have any gas mowers, but does have a wide range of electric mowers, both corded and cordless, as well as manual reel mowers, an uncommon offering in the lawn mower industry.
Geared toward homeowners, not professional landscapers, Sun Joe mowers are reasonably powerful and have good battery life, but they aren’t heavy-duty tools intended for large lawns or rugged use. They aren’t exceptionally expensive mowers, which adds to their appeal. For a budget-priced model, we like their corded MJ401E-PRO push mower, which performs well for the price and is easy to maneuver and store. The warranty period for a Sun Joe mower is two years.
Yet another brand now owned by Stanley Black Decker, Troy-Bilt was originally founded in 1937 with the first residential rototiller. It went on to manufacture a wide range of outdoor landscaping tools, including excellent gas-powered push and self-propelled lawn mowers and even manual reel mowers. But it’s riding mowers, both gas and electric, that the company is best known for. Tinsman especially likes this brand, saying, “Troy-Bilt offers a range of versatile riding mowers with features like cruise control and adjustable cutting heights. Their models feature a range of attachments for year-round use.”
While Troy-Bilt riding mowers might not be quite at the level of those made by Honda or John Deere—but they also aren’t as expensive as those brands—these are still popular machines that have many innovative features, are comfortable to ride, and handle well even on large lawns or rugged terrain. And Troy-Bilt push mowers are definitely worth a look as well; we recommend the gas-powered TB110 21-inch mower, which starts easily, is very powerful, and gives a clean, even cut to the lawn. Most Troy-Bilt mowers come with a two-year warranty.
What to Look for in a Lawn Mower Brand
Types of Lawn Mowers
There are quite a few types of lawn mowers available to homeowners these days, so along with choosing a brand, you need to choose a type of mower.
One of the biggest considerations is whether you want a gas-powered mower or an electric mower. Gas mowers tend to be more powerful, but are also louder and emit fumes. Electric mowers, which can be corded or cordless, have come a long way; today’s batteries are more powerful, run longer, and charge faster, making battery mowers a very appealing option to the average homeowner looking to tend a small to medium-sized lawn.
There are brands that offer only electric mowers, including Greenworks and WORX, and brands that are known for their gas mowers, such as Honda and John Deere. Many lawn mower brands, however, offer both gas and electric models. EGO takes it a step further by making only battery lawn mowers; they do not have corded electric mowers as do the other all-electric brands.
There are two basic types of walk-behind mowers: push mowers, which require you to use your own power to push the mower across the grass, and self-propelled mowers, which use their own power to keep the mower in motion. Tor is especially acclaimed for its walk-behind mowers. Most companies that make walk-behind mowers, whether gas, electric, or both, offer both push and self-propelled models.
Riding lawn mowers, also called lawn tractors, are ideal for very large lawns. Several companies on our list offer riding lawn mowers, although Cub Cadet and John Deere are especially renowned in this category. Zero-turn mowers are riding mowers that can make 180-degree turns on the spot. Just about all companies that make riding mowers, including Craftsman, also offer zero-turn mowers.
Robotic mowers are the newest additions to the lawn care scene. These battery-powered devices independently work their way around your lawn, mowing as they go, and are controlled by onboard controls or by an app. Robomow specializes in robotic mowers, but a few other companies, including Husqvarna and WORX, also make them.
When choosing a lawn mower, there are various features that can make your mowing experience easier and faster. Just about all mowers allow you to adjust the height of the blades, which lets you tailor the cutting height to your variety of lawn grass. The brands on our list make this adjustment easier by using a single lever or dial to move the blades higher or lower.
Some battery brands, including WORX and Greenworks, have sensors in their mowers that can detect especially thick grass. These mowers then automatically increase the power of the blade’s spin while tackling the tough spot, and then decrease it again once past the difficult patch of grass, thus saving on battery power.
All brands of self-propelled mowers let you adjust the speed of the mower to more comfortably match your own pace, usually by squeezing a lever; the harder you squeeze, the faster the mower moves. Some brands, though, including Ryobi, have mowers with cruise control so you can set a comfortable speed without having to keep a grip on a lever.
Most walk-behind lawn mowers have just one blade, which spins very quickly to lift and slice the grass. But Honda and EGO both offer mowers with twin blades, which give a more precise, clean cut.
Walk-behind mowers usually give you three choices for handling the grass clippings: bag them, mulch them, or discharge them back onto the lawn. Some mowers, however, only let you bag or mulch the clippings. Always read the description carefully before buying a particular mower, because this is a detail that can vary from model to model within the same brand.
Nobody wants a lawn mower that only lasts a season or two before failing. While all of the brands on our list are known for making quality mowers that should stand the test of time, as a rough rule of thumb, gas mowers tend to last longer than electric mowers, and top brands Honda, Toro, John Deere, and Cub Cadet are especially known for the durability of their mowers, all of which are used by professional landscaping companies as well as homeowners.
Where You Can Shop
With the exception of Robomow, which is only carried by a handful of specialized dealers, you can buy all of the other brands on our list at large home improvement centers or through the big home improvement center websites, including The Home Depot and Lowe’s, you can buy them from brick-and-mortar lawn care shops or from tool-and-garden websites, or you can find them on Amazon, Overstock, or similar outlets.
While buying a lawn mower online makes it easier to shop around for the best price, as well as have the mower shipped directly to your home, shopping in person gives you the opportunity to ask questions, touch and handle the lawn mower to get a feel for it, and usually take it home that very day.
The frequency of mower maintenance depends on the type of mower and how often you mow your lawn with it. But as a general rule, you should check the oil and fuel level before each use with a gas mower, and be sure the battery is fully charged before powering up your electric mower. After mowing, once your lawn mower has cooled down completely, remove any clots of grass from the blades and the bottom of the deck. Wipe away mud, wet grass, and other grunge from the deck. You’ll need to sharpen the mower blades at least annually, and more often if you mow very frequently or have tough or thick grass. Gas mowers require more maintenance than electric mowers, generally. At least annually, you should give your gas mower a complete oil change, replace the spark plugs, and replace the air filter.
Gas mowers usually measure their level of power in cubic capacity, which is a measure of the amount of air and fuel that can push through the cylinders. For walk-behind mowers, this generally translates to somewhere between 2 and 6 horsepower. Riding mowers are far more powerful; the engines in these mowers usually have between 12 and 20 horsepower. Battery mowers do not use horsepower or cubic capacity measurements. Instead, the battery voltage indicates the power of these mowers. You’ll find battery mowers ranging from 20 volts to 80 volts, but residential mowers most often use 40-volt batteries.
As lawn mowers are powerful tools with very sharp, rapidly spinning blades, they can cause injury if not used properly. There are some safety features required on all lawn mowers today, including a safety brake that stops the blade from spinning within three seconds if the user releases their grip from the controls and a foot shield that prevents the mower’s foot from being able to slip beneath the cutting deck. Common sense is also an important part of using your mower safely. Never mow barefoot or without full foot coverings. Don’t mow in floppy pants or clothing that could become entangled in the mower blade or wheels. Never put your hands or feet near the deck of the mower when it’s on, and never pull a running lawn mower backward toward your feet. Pick up toys, rocks, or other debris from the lawn before you begin to mow. Never mow when you are feeling unwell, overly tired, or otherwise impaired.
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This article was researched and written by Michelle Ullman, who is a writer specializing in home and garden products. She has been a commerce writer for The Spruce since 2020, covering a wide range of home improvement products including power and hand tools, painting supplies, landscaping tools, and tool organizers. To choose the best brands of lawn mowers for this article, she consulted dozens of customer and third-party reviews, as well as websites specializing in landscaping, lawn care, and lawn mowers.
She also received extensive, helpful input from Alex Tinsman, gardener and founder of How To Houseplant; Brock Ingham, gardener, landscaper, and founder of website Bigger Garden; and gardener Henry Bravo, founder and editor-in-chief of Smart Garden Home.