While for some people mowing the lawn is a way to relax, and stay connected to nature, others can’t seem to find the time to mow the lawn, or simply see it as a boring task they can’t wait to get done with, so they can relax in their beautiful garden.
That’s where robot lawnmowers jump in to save the day. They require minimal maintenance and an hour or so to set up. That’s it. The rest of the mowing is left for them to complete. They are basically like Roomba for your lawn and even more.
Robot Lawnmowers Popularity
One of the reasons that robot lawnmowers are so popular is the fact that they require zero work or maintenance; you set it up and it does the rest all by itself.
If you compare it with petrol or ride on mowers you’ll notice that those two types require a lot more work, and time, which some people don’t really have. These types of mowers require regular maintenance, petrol, oil, and a good cleaning after each use. They are also quite noisy and dusty, in comparison to the quiet and clean cut of the robotic lawnmower.
The first robot lawnmower was invented in Sweden back in the ‘90s, but it took almost a decade for robotic mowers to truly take off. What was once considered a luxury owned by wealthier homeowners is now something many people can afford. New technology and inventions allowed for prices to go down, and the robot lawnmower became much more affordable.
Take the latest Flymo 1200R robotic lawnmower, for example. It costs only slightly more than a good petrol mower.
As prices come down even more over the years, robot lawnmowers will become even more popular and might even top electric and gas lawnmowers. I think we won’t be too far off if we say that 30 years from now our grandchildren won’t even believe us that we mowed the lawn ourselves.
How Robot Lawnmowers Work
Unlike with the traditional ride-on or push mowers, the robot mower doesn’t cut the lawn once a week on a Saturday or Sunday. It works day and night, come rain or shine and cuts your lawn daily, shaving a few millimeters off the top, turning your cut grass into a natural fertilizer, which keeps your lawn looking nice and green all the time.
The first and only thing you’ll need to do once you purchase your robot mower is to set its boundaries and limit where it can travel in your yard.
Some mowers have underground, while others have above ground boundaries, either way, you’ll need at least an hour to set everything up so that your mower can do its job safely and efficiently and you can get your well-deserved rest.
Robot lawnmowers work in random patterns to avoid leaving tracks in your garden; they also move quite easily around obstacles, flower beds and trees, and work well with uneven and slightly inclined areas.
Robot mowers are very quiet and unnoticeable; they won’t bother your neighbors, pets or kids and will offer you a peace of mind and a perfectly cut lawn that will make your yard really stand out.
Robot Lawnmowers Benefits
We’ve already seen some of the advantages that come with owning a robot lawnmower and I’m sure you’ve fallen in love with them already. The crazy thing is that there are much more benefits associated with robot lawnmowers that you might not even be aware of.
Let’s have a look at some of those benefits and see what makes these small robots so useful:
- They save time, energy and money
- They are quiet
- They work day and night, come rain or shine
- You can easily communicate with your lawnmower and set commands
- They work around difficult obstacles and on difficult terrain
- They recharge themselves
- You’ll be safe from developing or worsening allergies because they do all the work for you
- You have no grass clippings to collect
- They operate at times you set for them
- There are no toxic emissions
- You don’t need petrol or oil, and there’s barely any maintenance required
Robot Lawnmowers Cons
So far you’ve heard a lot of amazing advantages that come with owning a robot lawnmower, but are there any downsides to using one?
Robot lawnmowers cut the grass perfectly and reach even the most difficult parts of your lawn; however, they do not collect grass and twigs, like other types of mowers do.
Another factor that you should consider before making your decision, especially if you’re on a budget is the price of the robotic mower vs. the price of petrol or electric mowers. Robotic mowers are generally more expensive than other types of mowers and are still considered a luxury to some.
Despite a few downsides that come with owning a robotic lawnmower, I have to admit that they are very convenient. You can simply sit back on your porch, and enjoy your weekend while it moves around your lawn, cutting and fertilizing your grass, leaving you with a greener and healthier-looking lawn than you ever had before.