Which mower is better for lawn health?
While having a freshly sharpened blade and mowing weekly can help your lawn when mowed by traditional lawn mowers, robotic lawn mowers are very beneficial for the health of your lawn. They operate on a much more frequent mowing schedule, ensuring a more consistent grass height.
Also, only a small amount of the grass blade is removed each time and that is mulched (or dropped) back into the grass, helping to provide nutrients for the turf. Mowing with a robotic lawn mower can help reduce thatch build-up and minimize the stress on your lawn.
Remember that whether you are using a traditional lawn mower or a robotic one, you will need to trim the edges of your grass and edge near hard surfaces. Traditional lawn mowing also usually needs a blower to remove grass clippings from landscape beds, driveways, and walkways.
Which mower is better for the environment?
Robotic lawn mowers rely on electricity rather than gas. Therefore, they have no environmental emissions when running. Since they do not take gas or oil, they do not emit a smell, and there is no risk of gas or oil spills.
Robotic lawn mowers are also extremely quiet, so they can mow at all times of the day. This cuts down on noise pollution as well.
Traditional Lawn Mowers: Push lawn mowers average around $200-$600 at your local hardware store. Riding lawn mowers come in at $2,000-$5,000 and zero turn mowers can cost up to $5,000 as well. Lawn mower maintenance can range from just $50 to $200 depending on the cost of blades and other parts for your mower. It is important to also factor in the cost of fuel and oil for the entire season.
Robotic Lawn Mowers: Cost ranges from $700-$5,000 depending on which model you select. The more expensive models are considered ‘commercial’ and can handle a much larger mowing area. If you do not plan to install your robotic mower yourself, be sure to include installation fees when pricing out robotic options. Mower maintenance costs homeowners less than $100 a year, and your electric costs will be around $20 for the entire season.