How to Use an Electric Lawn Mower


If you have a relatively small lawn and a relatively long extension cord, you could benefit from using an electric lawn mower to cut your grass. These lawn mowers are easy to start and they don't give off the fumes that can make using a gas mower intolerable for some people. Many mowers need to be plugged in, so it's best not to invest in an electric mower if you have a lawn that is larger than 3,000 square feet.

Step 1

Find the plug on your lawnmower. It is usually on a short three-pronged cord extending from the mower's engine to the handle you use to push it. In most cases, the cord is firmly attached to one side of the handle to keep it out of the way. Plug the female end of your extension cord onto this plug and plug the male end of the cord into a wall outlet, preferably on the exterior of your home.

Step 2

Find the lawnmower's starting mechanism. It is usually either a button or lever on the opposite side of the handle from the plug. There is no pull cord, like you would have on a gas mower.

Step 3

Place the mower on the lawn where you would like to start mowing. Press the start button or engage the lever and wait for the engine to kick on. It should do so within seconds. Note that your electric mower is not as loud as a gas mower. You may hear only a low humming sound.

Step 4

Mow your lawn in rows so it's easy to tell which grass you still have to cut and you don't miss any areas. Be mindful of the cord as you mow so that you don't run over it or pull it out of the mower or the wall.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your mower is self propelled, it may have a separate button or lever to use to start this feature. Do not get it confused with the one you use to start the mower. Never use an electric lawn mower if it's raining or the lawn is wet. Cover your mower when you're not using it if you plan to store it outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Extension cord


  • Lawnmower Guide
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About this Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Kate Evelyn has been writing professionally since 2000. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including "Elle" magazine, "Brass|CU" magazine and the "Credit Union Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Maryland College.