After the first frost on the ground at the latest, the gardening season is over for your hard-working robotic lawnmower. Although it could theoretically make its rounds even in frosty weather (at least as long as there is no snow), cutting the grass in frosty conditions will damage the lawn.
Now it’s time to move your Robby to its winter home. If you want to winterize the robotic lawnmower, however, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
What is involved in winterizing the Gardena robotic lawnmower?
The best time to do this is usually at the end of October, beginning of November, before the first frost comes. Animals that hibernate eat their fill before then.
To winterize the Gardena robotic lawnmower, you should also “feed” it properly before the dormant period. This means charging the battery to full capacity.
Afterwards, a thorough cleaning and inspection is called for. Clean the Gardena robotic lawnmower all around. You may even be able to remove the housing and dismantle the rear wheels.
If you want to winterize the Gardena robotic lawnmower, this is also a good opportunity to check the blades and blade discs. If you haven’t changed the blades recently, now is a good time to do it.
Look at the charging contacts. If they are rusty, you can clean them and bend them to ensure optimal contact.
Before the start of hibernation is also a good time to install a firmware update.
What should you consider when winterizing your robotic lawnmower?
Robby winters best in a dry, frost-free room, which should be lockable so that it is not stolen. It is best to remove the battery and store it separately at room temperature.
Take the opportunity to have its capacity measured. The life of a battery is measured in charge cycles.
When it comes to the end, the capacity drops rapidly. Then it’s time to replace the battery so Robby can get to work with fresh power in the spring.
If you want to be absolutely sure, you can send the robotic lawnmower for an inspection. However, there is a charge for this service.
What happens to the charging station?
That depends on where it is located. If it is protected from wind and weather, it can stay outside in the winter.
However, it is usually better to store it together with the robotic lawnmower. You should, however, cover the socket where the charging cable is connected well and de-energize it to be on the safe side.
When can the robotic lawnmower make its rounds again?
That depends on the weather. In any case, the ground should be free of snow and frost and dry enough. Usually this is the case at the end of February, beginning of March.