If your child wants to make some extra money this summer, they can start their own lawn mowing business. Many people in your area will likely be glad to pay your child for doing this task for them. Before they get started, however, you need to make sure they have everything they need.

Types of Lawnmowers

There are different types of lawnmowers to choose from; which type you need depends on the lawns your child will be mowing. Below are three types you may want to consider:


Lawn tractors work well if your child has to mow a variety of lawn sizes. You can purchase some that will cut a wider swath. For tighter turns, they offer four wheel turning. You can purchase additions for this mower, such as bagging kits for the leaves and grass clippings.

Zero Turn Mowers

Many landscapers use a type of zero turn mower, as it can mow a lawn much quicker than the other types. Zero turn mowers have a rear engine, and rear wheel steering. They either have a steering wheel or twin steering levers that lets you power and maneuver the mower. Your child can continue mowing grass as he or she is turning the mower, and can cut very close to things like trees and bushes.

Robotic Lawn Mowers

You have likely heard of the robotic vacuum cleaners, and now they have robotic mowers. Your child will not likely use this type of mower unless they are mowing a very small lawn. A perimeter wire is used with this mower to keep it from going out of your yard. It is designed to crisscross the grass randomly, and it will automatically reverse direction if it meets an obstacle or the perimeter wire.

Weed Trimmers

Customers may ask your child to trim their bushes, and trim around walkways, driveway, etc. For this, they will need to have a good weed trimmer, also known as a weed eater. When purchasing one, you will find them as plug in, battery powered, and electric.

The plug in weed trimmer is electric so it does not use any oil or gas. It is better suited for small lawns and yards, as it does not have as much power, and you are restricted by the length of the cord, or where your outlets are located.

Battery powered weed trimmers do not make noise, and they are very light. You do need to replace the batteries every so often, so make sure you have extra on hand in case they burn out while he or she is working.

Gas weed trimmers are the most powerful, and would be better for your child if they have many customers, and large yards they have to care for. Most models hold much more string, and they cut more.

No matter what type of weed trimmer your child is using, have extra nylon cord or plastic on hand just in case they wear out or break.

Before your child starts working, make sure you have all of the essentials. Companies like Potestio Brothers Equipment, Inc. may have much of the landscaping tools that you will need.