Great Mow-ments in History

1830

Edwin Beard Budding patents the reel lawn mower in England, replacing scythes as the grass-cutting tool of choice.

1902
The first internal combustion engine ride-on mower is introduced.

1919Col. Edwin George uses the engine from his wife's washing machine to create the first gas-powered walk-behind mower.

1925
The manufacturing company Coldwell rolls out the first electric mowers.

1931
First U.S. patent issued for a rotary mower. The rotating action requires fewer blades than a reel mower, and they stay sharp longer.

1963
John Deere develops the residential lawn tractor.

1964

FlyMo, the first hovering lawn mower, is brought to market.

1965

Astroturf is invented.

1989
Texas A&M's Cooperative Extension makes mulching popular with its "Don't Bag It" campaign.

1992

The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association is founded. Drivers like Mowdacious and Weedy Gonzalez hit speeds of 60 mph.

1994
Alvin Straight, 73, rides a mower from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his estranged brother — an event depicted in the 1999 film The Straight Story.

1995

Introduction of the first robotic lawn mower.

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