At the height of summer, when grass is growing faster and faster, as if dead set on becoming a beautiful meadow, it needs mowing twice a week.
The sheer time and effort needed to keep lawn looking neat and tidy is not to be under-estimated.
And for many it’s a job that is easily put off—maybe put out to a hired hand, or just left for a while to look untidy – regardless of whether your garden is an urban postage stamp, or a semi-rural spread of rolling grass..
This is why many people consider a robot mower. But maybe you are wondering if you can justify the expense? If it will be just another toy, or a valuable addition to the household….
Fear not, even the savings on energy bills can make a robot mower worth the investment.
Here’s a few things to consider
Your time is worth money, and so is your effort. And Flymo, Husqvarna and others have valued it so much they designed a range of robotic lawnmowers designed to make mowing more hands off – the Flymo 1200r, for example, is my particular favourite.
Come rain or shine, these little robots can be out and about trimming the lawn, whether or not you are there, and regardless of the amount of trees and furniture in the way.
Robotic lawn mowers rely on sensors that prevent collisions and automatically halt the blades should the robot flip or leave the ground like an upturned beetle.
The electronic fence that is created when boundary wire is installed, usually beneath the soil surface, creates an arena for the robot mower to work within, and work it does – but quietly, humming around like a dishwasher it creates little noise and can even run at night without disturbing your neighbours.
A Versatile Cut
Most robot mowers, like the 1200r, work in a random pattern to prevent ugly cutting lines. They also have an adjustable height like any other mower, and tend to produce very fine grass clippings that are turned to the lawn to help feed the grass, creating a lush carpet to luxuriate in.
Should your garden have uneven surfaces or slopes, then most robotic mowers can handle a slight incline.
Everything is under control
If the robot should run out of battery, then it will return to its docking station to recharge before continuing the job. No need for beer and chicken pie for this little fellow, he works on electricity alone.
How about the price?
When considering the cost of the mower – bear this in mind. After the initial outlay, energy costs are likely to be significantly less than using an electric mower, or a petrol. Some estimates are between £15 to £65 annually depending on the size of your garden.
The robot uses only the same amount of energy as a light bulb, meaning significant savings should be made during its life time, not only in energy expended, but in time!