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The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Rotary mowers

A rotary mower depends on impact cutting by a high-speed, rotating blade. It is best adapted to high cutting heights and coarse-textured grasses. Rotary mowers work well for most home lawns. For lawns requiring very low mowing heights, reel mowers are best. Rotary mowers are driven by electric or gasoline engines.

Mulching mowers

Some rotary mowers are also designed to be mulching mowers, where the blades chop the grass clippings into fine pieces that are blown back onto the lawn where they decompose and add nutrients to the soil for grasscycling.

Rotary mowers may be used on

Photo of an electric mower

Photo of a gas powered mower

Photo of bagging and mulching blades


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