Robotic lawn mowers or mowbots, as they are also called, have changed the outlook toward lawn maintenance.
Homeowners who love to have green, beautifully manicured lawns but don’t have the time to take care of the grass with regular mowing can rely on these smart gadgets.
You can program them to work on the grass during hours when you’re not using your outdoor spaces, like at night or when you’re at work.
Not just residents but professional landscaping companies are also employing these devices as part of the services they provide.
It’s hardly surprising that the global market for mowbots is expected to touch US$ 1.5 Billion by the year 2027, with a CAGR of 12.4% from 2020 to 2027.
How Robotic Mowers Work
Mowbots work much like the Roomba you use for vacuuming your interiors. These devices are powered by rechargeable batteries and skim across your lawn, clipping the grass.
They are lighter in weight than conventional mowers and have smaller blades and various other safety features.
If the device bumps into an obstacle, it reverses and moves to another section of the lawn. And, if lifted off the ground, the mowbot automatically shuts off.
This safety feature is convenient for households with kids and pets. Since the gadget is secured with a PIN, stealing the mower will render it useless because it won’t function without the code.
Programming and Controlling the MowBot is Quickly Done
Contemporary robot lawn mowers can be configured to specifications. You can program a specific area of the lawn where you want your mower to work using the control panel on the device. Any other settings you might need to change can be done here as well.
Some models are compatible with your iPhone or smartphone so that you can control the device from a remote location.
You needn’t worry about exposure to rain and bad weather since the device comes with in-built sensors. Your mowbot will simply stop working and return to its charging base. All you need to do is install a boundary wire and let the smart machine do its thing.
Robot Mowers Are Great for the Environment
Robot mowers operate on clean energy as against gas-guzzling conventional lawnmowers.
You’ll program them to charge at the station outside the house. Once charged up, the device goes out to mow, operating smoothly with minimum noise. You’ll only hear a low hum similar to a window air-conditioning unit.
Since it runs on electricity, you don’t have to worry about carbon emissions. Considering that up to 5% of pollution results from small engines, including lawnmowers, switching to electric mowbots can make a significant difference.
Lawn Grasses Love MowBots
Regular mowing ensures that only small clippings of the grass leaf blade need to be cut. You can simply let them fall into the lawn to break down and let the nutrients mix into the soil, similar to mulch.
Interestingly, your mowbot can also be taught how to detect when the grass needs mowing. Its triple-blade feature will inflict a clean cut on the plant body, so it is unlikely to damage the grass or cause a scalping mow.
And, since the mower cuts the grass in different directions, you won’t have to worry about the blade “lean.” Once you invest in one of these smart devices, you can expect to see an even, beautifully maintained lawn with the minimum of time and effort.
Robotic lawn mowers are certainly taking over lawn maintenance in 2021, and despite their manageable limitations, they are definitely here to stay.