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Can You Mow Wet Grass?

Generally, most of us wait for a nice sunny day to mow the lawn, but if your grass is getting a little wild and it’s damp under foot, is it a good idea to head out anyway?

Well, first things first, let’s cover the health and safety warning – water and electrics don’t mix well, so if you’ve got an electric mower, if its raining or there’s water around (including coming up through the ground) mowing is definitely off the cards. In fact, for electric mowers, don’t risk it at all – it’s just not worth it.

So, assuming we’re talking about a petrol mower, you want to think in terms of getting around without damaging the lawn. Most mowers are quite weighty, and that’s all supported with (usually) 4 wheels, which have minimal surface area in contact with the lawn. That means you might just create mini trenches in the lawn if the ground it too soft. You’re also likely to scrape up turf from the lawn as you go, so if you’re going ahead with mowing, start in a subtle place, and check for dints in the ground on a small patch first.

Generally speaking it’s safe to go ahead with damp ground with a petrol mower – of course bogginess (is that even a word?) is a sliding scale, with a swamp at the end to avoid, and a solid, dry lawn at the end where perfection lives. Everyone will have their own level of tolerance as to what constitutes acceptably firm turf, but if you’re not physically sinking and nor is the mower, you’re probably going to be fine.

The exception to the electrical rule is the robot mowers that we’ve mentioned before. While they’re quite expensive compared to the type that most of us use, some are designed to get to work navigating the lawn in remarkably damp conditions, and in some cases, even the rain. The ones that are rainproof (not the same as waterproof) often include sensors to determine when it’s too wet and abandon until conditions improve, but at least they’re working to a set of rules determined by the manufacturer.

How Much Are Robot Lawn Mowers?

You may have seen some robot lawn mower reviews like we talked about last time, and if you have, you’ll know that they often don’t come cheap. For some of the more popular machines, the ones that you’ll find on Amazon and other big retailers, you do to some extent get the economies of scale in manufacturing reducing the cost, but you’ll still be lucky to get under £500.

Flymo are a hugely popular brand whether you’re thinking about traditional lawnmowers, strimmers or many other garden products, and they’ve also moved into the robot mower space, but how much is a Flymo robot mower? Their flagship mover is the 1200R, and it retails for around the £1000 mark. It is, however, possible to get a good saving though, as we found when covering the reviews here.

They’re really useful for saving you time, and the quality of the finish you get from frequent mowing and keeping the blades of grass to a consistent length is unparallelled, especially when compared to a manual mower. This is where the value starts to come in – it’s about saving you time, and you value your time, don’t you? Having a perfectly mown lawn is great too – all done without you lifting a finger. So, when you see that price tag in the region of £1000, try not to compare it in your mind to that £89 special at B&Q, it’s hardly the same thing. Compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges. There’s plenty to choose from, and more than just Flymo – just Google a few to get a realistic comparison, there’s more coming out with each passing month.

In summary, be sure to do your research with those robotic lawn mower reviews, and you can soon put your feet up instead of working up a sweat in the garden every week or two!

Robot Mower Reviews

There’s a bit of a craze sweeping the nation, and it’s perfect for you if you’re the sort of person that likes to sit back and relax rather than spending the weekend mowing the lawn. Well known companies like Flymo, and more specialist firms like Husqvarna have been quietly developing the ultimate tools for the lazy gardener. The most notable of these is right up our street – the robot lawn mower!

These time saving devices are appearing all over the country, buzzing away in gardens to save home owners the time and effort of ‘manually’ mowing their grass. They do come at a cost though, and quite a pricey cost at that. The more advanced mowers can run into four figures, and will suit people with very large lawns to mow. On the other hand, at the cheaper end of the market, there’s plenty available for around the £600 mark, such as Flymo’s 1200R robotic lawnmower. There’s also some other bigger names in the market too – like Bosch (and their popular Indego mower: http://www.robotlawnmowers.org/reviews/bosch/indego/), although they tend to weight in at a much higher price than the Flymo.

How Robotic Lawn Mowers Work

The way the automatic robot mowers work varies a lot by manufacturer, but the generally all use either a perimeter wire or GPS or a combination of both. They build up a map of the mowing area, usually by testing out routes around the lawn, and learning about obstacles, slopes and flower beds, eventually settling on an optimal mowing route. If you have a large garden, the mowers may not be able to complete the mowing job in one go, but don’t worry – the designers have thought of that ahead of time and have you covered. The mowers charge themselves on a sort of parking plate that sits in your garden, and return to them when not in use. If they run out of juice mid-mow, then they do exactly the same thing, returning to base to recharge, then they pick up where they left off. This is repeated as many times as necessary until the whole lawn is mowed.

A Word On Security

One of the issues that has arisen with robot mowers is the fact that they’re attractive to thieves. The whole point of having this sort of gadget is that they make life easy. Some are waterproof, which means they can be left out throughout the mowing season in the summer months, whereas others are better set up and installed under a shelter where available. However you do it, the chances are you’ll want to do so outside, so the mower can spring into life and get mowing of its own accord.

To combat the risk of theft, many mowers carry a locking mechanism to secure themselves to the base when not in use, and others have a built in alarm, which works like a home security system. If you need to move the mower, you simply use a security pin code, just like you’d use to disarm a house alarm. This way if thieves target the mower, they’ll soon be disturbed by a loud alarm alerting you and neighbours that they’re up to no good.

Waste Grass Clippings

A common concern for people looking into robot mowers is what happens to the waste. We’re all familiar with bagging it up and taking it to the tip, but with a robot mower, there’s no need! The clippings are so short that they simply spread across the lawn. The obvious benefit there is you don’t need to worry about taking the grass to the tip, but the second (arguably bigger) advantage is that the goodness from the clippings as they break down into the soil is that you end up with a healthier garden.

All in all, if you can afford the investment in a robot mower, they’re a huge time saver, and also give you a healthier lawn than you’re likely to get with manual mowing. The question is, what are you going to do with that extra time you’re saving on a Saturday afternoon through the summer?