Man has always looked for ways to save time and make chores easier and simpler. From the
dawn of humanity, evolution has been driven by the simple urge to expel less energy while carrying
out day to day tasks. And one area which is most work heavy is the garden.
Cutting the grass, trimming hedges, weeding, planting, repotting, fertilising… all these jobs are big on the sweat but also big on rewards. A neat, pretty garden is the prize from all the time, energy and dedication that comes with it. Sadly, many of us simply don’t have the resources to available to create a garden paradise. But what if it was possible to remove one of these big jobs entirely and still have a gorgeous garden? In fact, you could improve the health and beauty of your lawn by not lifting a finger.
Robotic lawn mowers have long been a common sight in gardens around Europe, and thanks to specialist supplier and installers like James Scott, Autolawn founder, robotic lawnmowers are now available in the UK.
The UK have been rather slow to get with the programme on domestic robots. There is something inherently British about working to the bone and smugly engaging in competitive busy-ness. But we are gradually learning that ignoring the help available is simply cutting our nose off to spite our face. Finding ways to make automation work for us gives us more free time to spend doing what is truly important, while often providing an even better result than we could have hoped for ourselves.
Lawn mowing is a big task, whether you choose a petrol or electric mower. Going to the petrol station to pick up petrol and oil or locating the extension lead are just the beginning of an intensely tedious chore, and we can all think of things we’d rather be doing with our weekend.
But there is an easier way. A robotic lawnmower can remove the process of keeping your lawn trim and healthy from your to-do list entirely. And while they might seem like a space age idea, the technology is surprisingly simple.
On installation, a guidewire is installed around the perimeter of the garden, and around any large obstacles such as garden sheds, flower beds and trees. A base station where the mower charges is connected to mains power. The lawnmower leaves its base station and works its way around the garden, cutting the clippings into such small pieces that they disappear into the lawn bed, creating an environmentally friendly fertiliser which leaves the lawn lush and healthy. The lawnmower returns to the base station to charge when it senses it is low on power. There are no grass boxes to empty or fuel tanks to fill. And better still, you don’t even have to press start, many models are also equipped with a scheduling feature, allowing you to set the days and times you want the mower to work.
Owners of robotic lawnmowers around the UK are quick to point out the benefits of these garden heroes. In fact, they often become part of the family, with many owners choosing to name their mowers. Dennis Orchard, owner of a Husqvarna model (which he has named Kurt) is a firm robotic lawn mower convert.
“Once I started working from home I became more aware of how quickly my lawn grows. Keeping on top of it was distracting me from my work! When I got Kurt all that changed, whenever I look out the window he’s mowing. When his battery is running low, he goes back to his charging station before coming out again. I used to return from holidays with dread, knowing that the lawn would need my immediate attention. Now Kurt takes care of all that, it’s a huge weight off my mind.”
Robotic lawnmowers are a useful addition to your garden arsenal, whether you have a large or small, simple or complicated garden. “Initially I was concerned whether Kurt would be able to cope with the size and shape of my hourglass garden. But he exceeded my expectations.” Says Dennis.
Manufacturers of garden machinery are quickly coming up to speed with the technology. Original manufacturers such as Robomow and Husqvarna and now being joined by some of the industries other big players including Honda, Bosch and Flymo, as they scramble to take a piece of the action.
But while robotic lawnmowers are relatively simple pieces of kit, it is best to speak to a specialist before purchasing and installation.
“You can install a robotic lawnmower yourself, but it’s easy to get things wrong. Getting a specialist installer who can assess your garden, recommend the best mower for you and install it quickly and efficiently will ensure years of dedicated and productive service from your mower.” Says James Scott of Autolawn.
A robotic lawnmower can work in any garden, whether flat or sloped, during the day and night (many of them are so quiet they can mow during the night without disturbing you or your neighbours), in the rain or in extreme heat. Some models can even assess the weather conditions and adjust mowing heights and frequency automatically. GPS, smartphone apps and anti-theft protection are just some of the features to look out for.
“A robotic lawnmower is a big investment.” James admits. “But when you consider the time, energy and running costs involved in traditional lawn maintenance, the savings begin to add up. Speak to a specialist supplier who can help you make your budget go further while ensuring that your lawn always looks its best.”
Autolawn are specialist suppliers and installers of robotic lawnmowers and battery powered garden tools across the UK. Go to www.autolawn.co.uk or call 0330 043 9676
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