A robotic lawnmower should actually make gardening easier for you by relieving you of the tedious task of mowing the lawn. In practice, however, this doesn’t work out so perfectly because Robby always leaves a strip of grass at the edge. You need a robotic lawnmower with an edge mowing function.
How does a Gardena robotic lawnmower with edge mowing function work?
The name edge mowing function is actually self-explanatory. A robotic lawnmower with edge mowing function can mow the lawn to (almost) the edge.
This saves the annoying manual rework with a lawn trimmer or lawn shears. A Gardena robotic lawnmower with edge mowing function works quite simply.
In a normal robotic mower, the mower is installed in the center of the housing. This ensures smooth running and optimal mowing results, but unfortunately also has the disadvantage that an edge strip remains.
In contrast, a Gardena robotic mower with edge mowing function does not have the mower installed exactly in the center, but shifted a little to the left or right side.
This has no effect on mowing in normal operation. The difference only becomes apparent when normal mowing is finished.
The edge mowing function is then activated. The robotic lawnmower with edge mowing function first returns to the charging station.
From there, it travels either counterclockwise or clockwise (depending on which side the mower is moved to) along the boundary wire and mows the lawn there.
This reduces the safety distance and the lawn can be mowed close to the edge. To prevent objects from getting into the mower, a protective grille is attached to the relevant side of the housing.
How thoroughly does a Gardena robotic lawnmower with edge mowing function mow?
That depends on how close you can lay the boundary wire to the lawn edge. If the boundary wire can be laid at a distance of 10 cm from the lawn edge, the Gardena robotic lawnmower with edge mower function can mow the lawn completely without leaving an edge strip.
If you lay the boundary wire about 30 cm from the lawn edge (the prescribed safety distance for flower beds or gravel paths), the robotic lawnmower will leave an approximately 15 cm wide strip of lawn unmowed.
If the perimeter wire has a distance of about 35 cm from the lawn edge (safety distance from a wall, pond or large stone), a strip about 20 cm wide is left.
What can you do to avoid unmowed verges?
Of course, you can manually rework the lawn every time after mowing. However, in the long run this will become a nuisance.
The problem can be solved relatively easily by laying lawn edging stones. The stones are sunk into the ground so that their surface is at the same level as the turf.
When the job is done, you can enjoy a perfectly mowed lawn.
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