These days, your mower doesn’t have to be just for mowing. There are a wide variety of accessories and modifications that can make your mower the ideal tool for all types of outdoor jobs. Specific accessories and modifications will vary from mower to mower. Many of them are specific to a certain brand. Below are some of the most common accessories you will find on a lawn mower.
The most common modification made to mowers is adding mulch or a collection bag. Most companies will offer a custom bag for each mower or include the bag in the mower when you buy it. These can be helpful in catching clippings as they unload and keeping your lawn looking extra clean. But the downside is that they often force you to make frequent stops to empty the bag (the frequency depends on the size of the bag, the length of the lawn, and the size of the lawn). These are available for both push and riding mowers, although it is more common for a riding mower to use a mulching blade.
Blade or mulching kit
Adding a mulching blade or mulch kit is another common option. This will first cut the blade of grass, then cut it into smaller, undetectable pieces that will fall back onto your lawn and act as mulch, keeping your garden healthier as you mow. The downside is that these can be very expensive and often require more maintenance than regular cutting blades. These are easy to find for push mowers, but they are especially popular for riding mowers. Because lawn mowers are typically used on larger lawns, covered grass can save the homeowner a few dollars on watering their larger yard.
Lawnmower Specific Modifications
There are some accessories that simply cannot be used for a push mower, or are at least rare. However, the advantage of lawn mower accessories and modifications is that they are much less product specific.
The most obvious modification is the addition of a trailer hitch (if not already present) for pulling cars and trailers. A lawn mower may not have the power of an ATV or tractor, but it is often enough to get the job done.
It is also common to add a plow to the front of a lawn mower to plow snow in winter. However, it is important to note that lawn mower tires are generally designed to be easy to use on your lawn and not dig into it. This means you may need to add tires or snow chains around your tires to gain enough traction to plow the snow with just a lawn mower, otherwise you risk getting stuck.
3 less common attachments
Other, slightly less common accessories include a leaf blower for fall, a snow blower for winter, and a garden plow for spring. These are always product specific.
For those who want the best in lawn care, it is important to choose the mower that offers the most customization for what they need. With the right modifications, you can turn your lawn mower into an all-season tool!