Do you have a Robotic Lawn mowing device sitting in the garden outside? Or are you just thinking about getting one? They are incredibly helpful machines, and they will get up and mow the lawn when asked to and not after some pleading or promises of payment. Here are some very helpful top tips on how to get the most out of your Robotic lawn mower.
How are Robotic Lawn Mowers different from a standard Mower?
Think of them as robotic sheep. You will only need one by the way, unless you live somewhere like Buckingham Palace, in which case you might need a flock of them! Your mower will cut the grass more or less constantly, only stopping to recharge itself. You won’t need to refuel it with petrol and it won’t make a smell or much noise either. It randomly cuts the grass and drops the cuttings straight back onto the lawn providing it with fertiliser. You need to peg down a boundary wire to keep it on the lawn just like putting a fence round a real sheep, but it will be out of sight as it will be on the ground and out of the way of the cutters.
How to measure your lawn
Robotic mowers like the Flymo Easilife are sold by the lawn size eg 200m2 (meters squared). If your lawn is rectangular or square you just need to measure the width and the length and multiply them together to get the area. If it’s in an odd shape like a big L or an F then get the area of each rectangular area and then add them all together to get your total. Otherwise if your lawn is in a fancy circle or it’s shaped like a guitar or something, map your lawn onto some graph paper and add up the individual squares to get your area.
Top Tips for your Robotic Lawn Mower
Clear up the dog poo before the mower starts its job.
Otherwise it’ll get over the blades, and the wheels will spread the mess all over your nicely mowed lawn. If it does encounter poo, you can wash most mowers off with a hose. This way it won’t get inside it and cause any problems to the machine. Don’t use a jet washer as that might blast it inside your robot and it will forever smell a bit whiffy.
Schedule your Mower to run at night or early morning
You can schedule it to run at any time. It probably makes more sense to run your robot mower while children and pets aren’t around to interrupt it, or for it to get in the way. The dew point is roughly around 11pm, so you’ll probably want it to finish around then. Noise shouldn’t be a problem as the only noise made is the sound of the blades cutting the grass.
Just leave it outside all Spring/Summer
You don’t need to take your mower in every night. It should sit quite happily outside for most of the year. Only to be taken in or covered up in the winter months to protect it from frost. Some people put it in the shed or just put a plastic box over it with a brick on top of it. Or you can buy a special Robot House for it to live in.
The Docking Station can live on your patio
The mower can dock on the patio or a raised section of paving near your house or outside power outlet. All you need to do is bury the guide wires between paving slabs so the mower can navigate its way.
Bury boundary wires under the ground slightly
The boundary wires should mark out the perimeter of your lawn so the mower droid knows where to go and not cross. These wires are pegged in but should be buried about a centimetre or two under the ground so the mower blades don’t cut them up. It also won’t become a trip hazard, and will prevent accidentally cutting the wires with a strimmer if you use one.
It can navigate paving slabs OK
If your garden is split up into different portions by paths or paving, then it should be able to go down these routes too. Just make sure you put the navigation wires along the paths so it can find its way about. Otherwise you may need to transport it yourself.
Disconnect the Charging station in Thunderstorms
If there’s a thunderstorm on the way you should unplug the charging station and label the guide and boundary wires before you unplug them. This will obviously prevent your Robot Mower from being blasted across your finely manicured lawn and prevent the boundary wire from igniting anything that could go up in smoke! Remember to plug everything back in before the next schedule.
Looking after your Robotic lawn mower will mean that it works more efficiently and lives for a nice long time. Make sure that it’s kept clean and that grass doesn’t build up underneath. They can usually be hosed down lightly, but certainly don’t use a pressure washer.
The blades will need replacing about every couple of months, depending on how many blunt objects it ends up hitting. Make a regular check maybe once a week to start with to see what state the blades get into. If they look pretty beaten up after a week or two you might want to look at what can be done to the lawn to prevent your mower encountering obstacles and debris. Refer to your manual on how to replace your blades.
The tread on the wheels keeps your mower from slipping around on hilly parts of your lawn. So if there are stones caught in there or mud or grassy build up, clean them off with a soft brush.
So now hopefully you know a bit more about robotic lawn mowers than you did before. All you need to do now is maybe give it a name, and sit back and enjoy your freshly mown lawn. Also if you are a keen gardener you may like our smart garden ideas.