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Lawn Care for the Lazy: Robotic Lawn Mowers

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Some people love mowing the lawn every week. Others, however, deem it a chore. For these folks, the latest technology has come to the rescue. Robotic lawn mowers are becoming more frequent on American lawns and are saving both time and effort.

Dubbed lawn care for the lazy, the robotic lawn mower is becoming the lawn tool of choice for thousands of homeowners who detest cutting the grass. The robotic lawn mower is exactly what it sounds like--a cutting machine that operates on its own without guidance or a power connection. While the robotic lawn mower has been on the market for years, recent technology has increased its capabilities and performance at a lower price.

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The Ups and Downs of Robotic Lawn Mowers

  • Hands-Free Operation. The biggest benefit of the robotic lawn mower is that you don't have to push it. The mower is self-propelled and uses sensors around its housing carriage to detect obstacles on your lawn. Senior citizens are the top purchasers of robotic lawn mowers.
  • Energy Wise. Another major benefit of the robotic lawn mower is that it runs on a rechargeable battery. No need to pour gas into a tank or hook up to an electrical outlet. One charge is plenty for a standard quarter-acre lot. Most robotic lawn mowers will return to their base automatically for charging.
  • Little Extras. The robotic lawn mower is packed with small features that make a big difference. It doesn't give off any offensive fumes, and it operates more quietly than the standard lawn mower. Also, the robotic lawn mower mulches grass automatically, so there's no bag emptying.
  • Drawbacks. Some robotic lawn mowers tend to bounce around the lawn in random patterns in order to cover the entire yard. This can pose a problem with your charge life. Also, some robotic lawn mowers will leave blades of grass uncut due to the sensors.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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