Buying a lawn mower for the first time
For the past 8 years I have had my lawn cut by a lawn service and I foolishly sold a lawn mower that I inherited with my previous house.
The lawn service does an excellent job but they tend to come when they want to and consequently right now the grass is tall enough to braid. I think it is time for me to purchase my own mower and I have never done so in my life. Can anyone make some recommendations?
I have probably a 1/4 acre lot, not large enough for a riding mower. Also, I have installed several raised beds and plan on diminishing the lawn for various garden installations over the next years so the mower needs to be get in an out of small spaces.
I hate dealing with gas engines and I am "mature" and getting "maturer!" so I don't want to fight with the darn thing to get it started nor to push it. However, I don't want to buy a piece of junk either. I am willing to pay for a quality gas machine if I feel it is worth it.
I looked at electric machines, but they don't seem to hold the charge long enough to finish the job. Any recommendations? Will lawn mowers be going on sale soon? Is this a good time to purchase a mower?