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Roomba For my Lawn

This is the first year I've really fertilized my lawn, and man am I paying for it! I've already mowed more this year than all of last year. I'm firing up the lawn mower once every 2-3 days. Ouch.

I want a Roomba for my lawn. Slap an anti-theft thing on it, modify an invisible dog fence, and voilà! No more trudging around the yard in 80° weather every other day.

Heck, I could even do without the anti-theft device. I'd volunteer to watch the thing if I could program in a pattern or something so it completed the job in 30 minutes. No need for bags - I'd use the thing every two days like I do now and just leave the clippings ("recycled" is what the lawn mower people call it - really it's just thatch).

8 Responses to "Roomba For my Lawn"

  1. Like the auto mower or the LawnBott? Safety-wise, all similar contraptions were slammed by Consumer Reports.

  2. Safety? Oh come on!!! What could possibly be unsafe about an automatic roving machete machine? *Perfectly* safe. Even a child could use it!

    =)

  3. You need to get an Ecolawn: http://www.wildflowerfarm.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

    Save mowing and help the environment at the same time.

  4. Sean, I thought perhaps that was a link to those artificial lawns. I'd like to get one of those. That'd be even better, but I think they're super expensive.

  5. Erik J. Barzeski said on July 10, 2008:

    Sean, I thought perhaps that was a link to those artificial lawns. I'd like to get one of those. That'd be even better, but I think they're super expensive.

    According to the report recently on NPR, the payback period (in California) on the fake lawns was 3 years (counting up fertilizer, seed, water, lawn service, mowing, etc.). Of course, the initial expenditure of $30K tends to put more than a few people off.

  6. Someone in our neighborhood has Robomow (I think it's that brand, at least). I laugh every time I drive by and it's mowing their yard with not a human in sight. Welcome to the future. First the iPhone, now this.

  7. Husquavarna also makes the AutoMower. No dealers near me but it looks like they do have some in PA.

  8. The robomow is awesome. I bought one a few months ago and have written a review about it at robomowreview.com.


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