The lawn is a British institution, and most people desire to have a portion of their garden dedicated just to grass — for relaxing on, picnics, or just to look out on and enjoy a calming green colour.
Even those of us getting older still keep this desire. But looking after the lawn can get more challenging as you lose mobility, and many struggle to cope with physical acts of mowing and weeding.
A study of 665 adults by mower manufacturer Lawn-Boy found that a third of lawn-mowing consumers had a sore back after mowing, and others had aches and pains elsewhere including their shoulders.
There is no question that lawns need time and effort to look their best, along with effort, money and often chemicals (natural fertilisers are always best).
Modern technology makes it much easier for the elderly to look after their lawns, and these days old people have the choice of many different mowers, all designed to accommodate those lacking mobility or strength. Using the right type of mower can make a big difference to how your body copes with mowing by reducing unnecessary strains.
The most simple choice for elderly people is probably a manual mower, which is probably as simple as a mower can be.
Self-propelled mowers are another choice. These provide the grunt needed to scale hills, and often feature adjustable speeds, which means the pace can be adjusted to whatever you’re comfortable with. Some petrol mowers can also be adapted with adjustable handles, ergonomic grips, etc
You also might choose a hover mower, which is easy to swing around the garden and very manouverable.
Another advantage of hover mowers is that they tend not to have grass collection boxes,
which means you don’t need to collect so much grass and end up walking back and forth to the compost bin to dispose of it.
With so many options available, as long as you have reasonable mobility should be able to find a mower that fits, depending on lawn sizes, etc.
And if you choose wisely, mowing will be a healthy aerobic activity helping keep you free of aches and pains well into your golden years.