You may have heard or seen on your TV robotic mowers in action, but never really considered them as a real alternative to your current push lawn mower.
But are robotic lawn mowers a viable alternative? Why should I invest in one? What are the benefits? Do I have the necessary knowledge to install and maintain one?
There are many questions to be answered, but I can assure you right of the bat that robotic lawn mower technology has come such a long way and should definitely be considered before you purchase your next lawn mower.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not robotic lawn mowers are a worthwhile investment, then you should read on.
Below I have outlined 9 valid reasons why you should consider / buy a robotic mower over a conventional push lawn mower, how they can make lawn care not only more efficient and easier, but also more effective and safe. As a result you will have more time to enjoy your garden as less time will be required to maintain it.
1. Better Results
So I thought I would get the main reason out of the way first (the most important in my opinion anyway).
Robotic lawn mowers produce a much healthier, stronger, thicker and better looking lawn than conventional push mowers.
It is because they are programmed to work on a continuous basis, in most cases every day.
For the majority of people this is too demanding to compete with due to their commitments with work, social and family life.
Not to forget that most people see lawn mowing as a chore and may even put it off for another day (or week).
With robotic mowers, as the lawn is being cut daily, the height of the grass stays the same all the time so the grass never gets to the point where it goes brown and splits. Now this wouldn’t happen if it was mowed every week, but as I said earlier, most people simply don’t stick to a weekly mowing schedule during the growing season.
Now if you are quite experienced in lawn mowing, then you will know that you are not supposed to cut off more than a third of the grass’s height each mow to ensure it stays healthy. Don’t worry, robotic manufacturers have considered this.
All robotic mowers are programmed to take off the tiniest of grass clippings each mow, this way the grass just falls to the bottom of the soil to decompose (mulching) and will then act as a natural fertiliser. This actually improves the quality of your soil, which makes for better and stronger grass growth and also makes it less vulnerable to weed.
I know that you can purchase push lawn mowers that have the ability to mulch, but they are not going to be mowing 24/7. Mulching gets the best results when you mow your lawn on a regular basis and nothing mows your lawn more regular than a robotic mower.
For full details and benefits of mulching, see my article – The Benefits of Mulching Lawn Mowers – Complete Guide.
So overall, when using a robotic mower you will be left with a healthier, fuller and greener lawn and more personal time for enjoyment.
2. Robotic Mowers Do the Work
Yes, robotic mowers do work. You will need to invest some time at the beginning to set the robotic mower up, but this is simple and can be done by anyone with basic DIY skills. In summary, you basically need to run a perimeter wire around your lawn and any obstacles such as flower beds that the mower needs to avoid. Set up some basic configuration options on the mower itself, this can also be done via a app on your mobile phone or tablet (on some models), then press the “Go” button and you are good to go.
Some people are also concerned about the on-going maintenance required for robotic mowers, however I can assure you that this only needs to be done on an annual basis and is significantly less time consuming compared to cutting your lawn on a weekly basis.
If you have any physical disability or are frail and would find it hard to push a heavy petrol mower around your lawn (some are self-propelled), then there is no better solution than to install a robotic mower.
Remember, the newer robotic mowers can deal with steeper slopes too. Some even come with a 4 wheel drive. Again this will prevent you from having to struggle to cut slopes in your garden with a standard push lawn mower.
In summary, robotic lawn mowers will take away all the stress of weekly lawn mowing, giving you more time to relax after a stressful day at work, to spend more quality time with your family or to catch up on a few episodes of Game Of Thrones. It is really up to you how you spend your time, just remember that the robotic lawn mower was responsible for it!
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3. Much Easier and Effortless to Use
Petrol mowers can be a real pain to start if they are not maintained on a regular basis. Oil and spark plug changes are required as well as other maintenance tasks throughout the year. This is not the case with the robotic mower.
Even cordless lawn mowers need to have their batteries charged before you set out to mow your lawn. With the robotic mower, they are cleaver enough to return to its base to charge themselves, when required, before continuing with their mowing schedule. With some models you can even install an app on your phone, so you do not even need to leave the comfort of your arm-chair to see what your robotic mower is up to. You will also have full control over your robotic mower and make any changes without having to venture out into the rain.
All robotic mowers are controlled by a mowing schedule which instructs them when and where you want them to mow, it will do this automatically without any help, and they will follow your every command. As we all know this is a lot easier than pushing a big, bulky lawn mower up and down your lawn all morning.
With a robotic mower there is no need to work up a sweat, you can just sit back and watch it work away.
4. Nimble Around the Lawn
As most robotic mowers are much smaller in size compared to push mowers, they are much more capable of getting into the little corners and difficult spots around your garden.
Of course some models will be better at this than others, but they all have very intelligent navigation systems which allow them to manoeuvre their way out of difficult situations.
This makes for a more complete lawn mowing, as they can reach areas of your lawn which you would not normally be able to reach.
The latest robotic mowers are highly customisable and can be extended with various add-ons that enhance your robotic mower to deal with more complex lawn situations. These include Anti-Collision System, GPS Control, Voice Control and Off Limits. All these features will ensure your robotic mower mows exactly where you want it to mow (and where you don’t), and provide you with years of trouble-free service.
Now you might think that a little robot roaming around your garden by itself can’t possibly be safer than you operating a push mower, but believe me, you would be mistaken.
I am not saying that manufacturers of conventional mowers don’t make their products as safe as they can be, it is just that manufacturers of robotic lawn mowers go that little bit further, simply because they have to.
If they didn’t provide a plethora of built in safety features, then I would heavily doubt they would be allowed in your garden.
Most robotic models have standard safety features such as a PIN & Alarm System, lift & tilt sensors and bump sensors. These features ensure that the robot itself is not toyed with or stolen while in operation, or while charging to ensure that no-one is harmed while it is away at work.
Also, the majority of models (not all) have mobile app connection which sends you messages, alerts and notifications to warm you if someone is misusing the robotic mower, or using it when they shouldn’t be.
6. Cheaper Than Petrol Mowers Longer Term
As all robotic lawn mowers are powered by electricity, they are likely save you quite a bit of money, if you previously used a petrol powered mower.
The initial investment for a robotic mower will be higher than a good petrol mower, however it will pay dividends in the longer term.
Not only that but it will save you the hassle of going down to the petrol station every month to fill up on more fuel. Petrol mowers also need to be services on a regular basis to ensure that they are working reliably and efficiently. Some manufacturers of petrol mowers will insist that the mower is services annually through one of their service centres to ensure the warranty remains valid. This can be costly and time consuming.
With a robotic mower all you need to do is plug its charging station into your main power supply and connect it (the mower) to its charging station. Once it knows the station’s location, the mower will charge itself whenever it is running a little low on power while out on a mow.
Also most models have low power consumption so they could actually need less energy to cover the whole lawn than your conventional mower would, for example I know some of the robotic mowers only costs about £30 per season to run!
7. Conveniently Work Around Your Life
As I mentioned earlier, all robotic lawn mowers come with their own mowing schedule which you can alter to suit your lifestyle. For example, if you work 9-5 then you could set it to mow from 9-12, meaning your lawn is free for you to enjoy when you get home.
Even when you are away on holiday, your robotic mower is still working for you, so when you return your lawn is in pristine condition for you to enjoy.
Should you have a party at the weekend, the mower can simply be temporarily disabled via the on-board control panel or via the app on your mobile phone.
This way, instead of making lawn care a chore that you need to make time for and plan your day around, you can treat your time however you like and leave all the responsibility to the robotic mower.
8. Provide Good Looking Lawn All Year Round
As I said above, robotic lawn mowers are able to work on a daily basis, if that is what you want them to do. With a robotic mower you should never venture out into your garden and be confronted by the need to cut your lawn before you can use it. A robotic mower will ensure your lawn is always looking great, and can be used at any time that suits you.
This means that it will work for the entire season (weather permitting of course) without needing a rest day – which would be needed if you have done the work yourself or paid someone else to do it for you.
This accompanied with the adjustable mowing programme and cutting height adjustment allows you to get your lawn looking EXACTLY how you want it throughout the entire year (apart from outside of the growing season in winter of course).
9. No Grass Clippings
One of the main reasons why your lawn will look so great with a robotic lawn mower is because the grass clippings it produces are so small that they drop to the soil. They provide moisture, nutrients and act as a natural fertiliser. They will not only save you money on purchasing chemical fertilisers, they are also more environmentally friendly.
This not only makes for better soil and grass but also means you don’t need to go through the boring task of picking up all the grass clippings and throwing them out.
Of course your push mower could gather them for you in its collection box as well, but still they would need to be disposed of and I am sure that you would rather be lying on the couch watching Netflix than worrying about grass clippings.
Most councils are now charging for garden waste collection, so robotic mower has the added benefit of saving your some hard earned cash as well.
So clearly, there are several legitimate reasons as to why you would want to purchase a robotic lawn mower.
If you have any questions or would like to share your robotic mower experiences, please use the comment’s box below – I will be happy to respond.
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