With beautiful rolling lawns comes grass pollen, and with pollen comes puffy eyes, scratchy throats, sneezing, and hives.
No matter what part of the country you live in, there is the risk of seasonal allergies. And the dust kicked up from lawnmowers can carry on for miles. This is why millions of Americans end up with puffy eyes, hives, coughing, difficulty breathing, sinus pressure, and congestion every single year when the weather warms up. Talk about major allergic reactions...
What makes it even worse? Traditional push and riding lawnmowers continue to spread allergies all around.
Push mowers and riding mowers kick up dust, sending the operator (and anyone nearby) into a cloud of grass pollen.
Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), told FOX Business that 82 percent of CEOs say the number one thing keeping them up at night is the inability to find qualified employees.
According to the most recent industry data available, 71,000 jobs went unfilled in 2017.
And if your landscaping business can’t find helping hands, it can’t grow.
It can’t take on more work. Which means you’re not going to be making more money anytime soon.
Autmow is here to help your landscaping business grow and flourish, which is why we want to share with you a powerful way to grow your business into the next generation.
What the Labor shortage is costing landscaping businesses
In a word, it's costing lawn care businesses a lot.
Jim McCutcheon, the CEO of HighGrove Partners – one of the largest landscaping companies in Georgia, has been in the business for nearly three decades and said the past two to three years have been the most challenging that he’s seen in terms of the industry’s labor situation.
“It’s easily cost us more than $1 million,” McCutcheon told FOX Business. “It’s an everyday search for people.”
As a result of the labor shortage, many companies are canceling business orders, while others are closing their doors altogether.
This is causing a change-wave of hiring practices, including landscaping businesses raising hourly wages and offering expensive benefit packages, in an attempt to attract qualified workers.
Unfortunately, many landscapers can’t keep up with this, and are choosing to close their doors. (Yiiiiiiikes!)
Don’t let the grass die on your landscaping business! Before you wave the white flag, consider these bringing your business into the future with ....
Drum roll please...
ROBOTS. (aka auto mowers. That's right, you can launch your business into the future by employing robots to work alongside your best employees.)
How The Smartest Landscapers are Surviving the 2020 Labor shortage
At first glance, commercial landscapers might think that robot mowers are our new robot overlords, here to replace humans in the commercial lawn care industry.
We’re here to tell you -- the opposite is true.
Robotic, self-mowing lawn mowers help commercial lawn care services in a myriad of ways:
1. The advent of self-mowing lawn mowers helps attract younger, tech-savvy workers to landscaping companies.
After all, what young person doesn’t dream of managing a fleet of robots when they grow up?
2. The use of robot mowers helps commercial lawn service companies successfully work with a smaller crew while being able to tackle more and more lawns.
Did you ever think you’d be able to pick up more lawn clients while cutting man hours? One landscaping company owner says ““We’ve reduced the amount of labor hours necessary to service (the robotic mower) by over 80 percent.”
3. Employing a fleet of robot mowers helps you stand out from your competition.
People will do a double take when they see your robots gracefully gliding across the lawns of America.
You’re the early adopter. You’re the one who saw the potential of these cute little hardworking robots. You’re the landscape specialist with vision, who knows how to bring their company into the next generation.
The use of robot mowers for your lawn care service is sure to put you in a stronger, more competitive position in the years to come. If you don’t, perhaps your competitor will.
4. Robotic lawnmowers can help your team focus on the details that matter most, instead of spending so much time on the lawn.
How the lawn looks after mowing is extremely important -- so we put the robots on the lawn while the crew works on trimming and contouring -- spending extra time on those details that matter most to the homeowners.
This ensures happy reviews every time, aesthetically pleasing results that wow the customer, and consistent results.
This Sounds Great, but what about that hefty upfront cost?
A common stumbling block is the high upfront cost of launching a fleet of robot mowers. These little robots can can run anywhere from $1,000 to $18,000, depending on your lawn and landscaping needs.
While this is a substantial business investment, any good business owner knows that investing in your business is essential to growth.
In fact, your business is likely to recoup those expenses quickly. Experts say that robot lawnmowers pay for themselves in just 2-3 years, and then your business can gain more clients, achieve better results, improve your reputation and beat out the competition.
So the real question is… how much is it costing you to NOT bring in your first robot mower?
Robotic mowing can help you make more money (because you’re tackling more jobs!) and it can help you stand out in the mind of your customers.
Don’t get left behind in the future of lawn care.
Early Tech Adopters End Up Being Leaders in their Field.
As a landscaping professional, you’re on a mission to make the world a more beautiful place. But chances are, you’re also on a mission to be the leading landscaping company in your area -- with the happiest customers, the best workforce, the most lawns mowed, and the most beautiful flower beds.
According to Information Age, business owners who are early adopters of tech are visionaries and risk takers, and are essential for technology to move forward across all industries.
In fact, most early adopters of tech are still careful decision makers -- 74% of them do their research and examine different venues before making a purchase -- and they’re far more open-minded to trying out new ideas to move their business forward, unlike the business owners that lag behind.
Discover Commercial Solutions for Your Landscaping Business
If your landscaping business is struggling to find qualified employees and struggling to grow, it might be time to invest in your first fleet of robot mowers.
Automowers are eco friendly, can tackle large acreage, hilly terrain, and are quieter than traditional lawn mowers, making them a better experience for your business and your clients.
What’s more, Autmow is proud to offer employee discounts on installations. To learn more about how Autmow can help your landscaping business, click here.
“Alexa, mow the lawn”: How the Evolution of Smart Home Tech has Changed how Americans Spend Their Time
In a Public service announcement from the 1950s, a father challenged his son, “kids these days have so many more leisure hours than our generation ever had. What are you going to do with all that time, Wally?”
If only our granddads from the 1950’s could see us now: with our mini computers we carry around in our pockets, with our robot vacuums and robot lawnmowers.
And when we have all these magic tools, why not use them?
If technology, at our best, makes our lives easier and gives us more freedom, why the heck shouldn’t we leverage it to our advantage?
Especially on those sunny saturdays when we have other things to do than lawn maintenance...
Putting It In Perspective: How technology has changed life for homeowners in the last century
What Created the First Push in Household Technologies?
The Joys of Watching Your Teenager Mow the Lawn
Automatic Home Appliances (and robots): Creating Time for What Matters Most
Talk as much smack as you’d like about technology, but the fact of the matter is, our technological advances in the last century have changed the American family forever. And now it's here to perfect the contour of your lawn.
In fact, according to The Economist, today’s parents spent twice as much time with their children as they did 50 years ago. And we’re also spending far less time on household activities.
So the next time you throw the laundry in the dryer or start the dishwasher, think about all the time you’re saving by utilizing that appliance.
Instead of scrubbing, you can join the pool party with your kids.
Which is another major reason why more and more families are investing in things like robotic mowing. When you spend 40 hours a week at a paid job, you want to free up as much time as possible to hit the golf course or go hiking with your spouse.
The grass will always grow, but you can never get the time back from all those hours of pushing a lawn mower.
The Kicker: Working Americans Are Still Working More And Enjoying Less Leisure Time
All the more reason for Americans to put down that push mower: we’re still working more than ever and enjoying less leisure time.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “On weekdays, Americans with full-time jobs spent 8 hours and 8 minutes a day working or traveling to work, five minutes more than a decade earlier.”
We end up with about 45 minutes of leisure time each day -- after you figure in the commute, the dishes, the laundry, the dusting, the childcare, and yes… mowing the darn lawn.
Saving Time At Home With A Robot Mower
One of the most common misconceptions about robotic mowers is that they cannot go the distance. Meaning, that robotic mowers are ideal for people with small lawns but aren’t a feasible option for customers with lawns over an acre. However, as the robotic technology gets better and better over time, size and distance are becoming less and less of an obstacle, and the Echo Turn Mower is proof of this.
Echo Robotics is a worldwide leader in professional-grade outdoor power equipment and has been fulfilling customer needs for over 40 years. Their ground-breaking robotic mower aims to move sports-turf and other large space mowing management into a new era with robotics. So, just how far can these mowers go?
More Than Just a Distance Mower
Yes – it’s true that the number one selling point of the Echo Turf mower is its ability to cut up to 6 acres. In fact, these robotic mowers can mow for 2 hours straight before having to return home for a charge. This means that more work gets done and more area is covered between every charge.
However, the features do not stop with just the distance. Smart-phone control allows users to change settings and track the mower’s progress throughout the mowing process to keep an eye on any unforeseen issues. Rain sensors help the mower avoid cutting your grass when it’s wet, and no-growth sensors help the mower avoid cutting grass that has had limited growth since the last mowing job was completed. Both of these features help your mower cut your grass in the most ideal manner possible. In addition, if the robot is too far away for you to see with your naked eye (6 acres is a long way after all), an alarm, a PIN code, and GPS tracking system keeps the mower safe the whole distance. These security measures provide the owners the peace of mind in knowing that their mower will complete the job safe and sound.
Fleet-Capable for Even More Coverage
If one 6-acre cutting robot is not enough for your needs, there is good news for you. Echo’s Turf Mowers are fleet-capable, meaning that you can monitor and maintain multiple mowers running side-by-side. Specialized fleet software allows users to adjust as many units as is necessary from your phone, tablet, or computer. This makes getting the job done even easier and more time efficient. Potentially, this means that for an 18-acre lot, only 3 robotic mowers would be needed to maintain the entire property in a single day.
So how far can you go with Echo Turf Mowers? The distance is endless because of their ability to work in a fleet! Plus, if managing a whole fleet of robots seems out of your reach, Autmow can help. Autmow is North America’s first, largest, and fastest growing network of robotic lawn and turf-care specialists. They provide the world’s top-rated robotic lawn mowers and a team of experts to help customers every step of their robotic mower journey.
Ensure that your autonomous lawn mower experience is easy, efficient, and affordable by contacting an Autmow specialist today!
Yes - all of us homeowners, lawn nuts and pros have heard the unending praise of push reel mowers and have been told that they are the gold standard when it comes to lawn care. And yes, we have ALSO all heard our wise neighbor tell us that “back in his day, they didn’t have those darn gas guzzlers to mow the lawn” and that he used his sweat equity to bring his lawn to perfection with a reel mower and still does to this day.
To your wise neighbor’s point, there is significant evidence that reel mowers are extremely beneficial for the overall health of turf and for the environment, but they require significantly more effort than a traditional gas lawn mower. So, which sacrifice do you make? Do you put in the hard, never-ending work of reel mowing your lawn and spend hours weekly to attain landscaping perfection while doing your part for the environment; or do you save your time and effort, forget about the environment, and hope for the best with a “gas guzzler”? Our answer is: don’t settle for either.
How Robotic Mowers Stand Up Against Reel Mowers
So, while robotic mowers and reel mowers may be similar in their benefits for both lawns and the environment, effort is where robotic mowers gain all their bonus points. It is estimated that a homeowner using a push reel mower will spend about 19 hours a year mowing their lawn (depending upon how often you mow and how large your lawn is). In contrast, regardless of your lawn size or how often you mow, homeowners using a robotic power will spend 0 hours a year mowing their lawn. That’s nearly a DAY in saved time.
In addition to this saved time, robotic mowers save the effort. It is very vigorous work to reel mow a lawn because there are no self-propelling mechanisms on a reel mower. In contrast, it takes minimal effort for robotic lawn mower owners to get on their phone, set a mow schedule, and deploy their robotic lawn mower to work.
So, who is the real winner overall? You are! Even if you love to put in the time and energy to create your perfect lawn, you can accomplish it with a reel mower. However, if you are ready to trade your sweat equity in for an extra day a year of time without sacrificing the health of your lawn, Autmow can help. Autmow provides the worlds top-rated robotic lawn mowers and ensures that our team of experts will be there every step of the way. From purchase to installation, long-term care and maintenance, we want to make sure that every aspect of your autonomous lawn mower experience is easy, efficient and affordable.
Everyone dreams of having a luscious, thick green lawn around their home, and some people are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. In most cases, people are spending loads of money in lawncare service, grass stimulants, and other expenses in order to maintain a lawn that they are proud of. What if there was a way to save some money on these costs? We have a proposal – make your own fertilizer!
No, we aren’t suggesting “making fertilizer” in the smelly way…we are suggesting using lawn clippings as nourishment! Clippings are a great fertilizer for lawns. They have exactly what grass needs from a natural fertilizer: water and nutrients, specifically high levels of nitrogen, and when left to decay on the lawn, these nutrients are released and left for the growing grass.
Do Grass Clippings Contribute to “Thatch”?
Many people question if grass clippings contribute to thatch and if they can be detrimental to your lawn over time. The answer is a little complicated, so bear with me. Thatch is a common term used for the layer of dead plant life that often builds up on top of soil. Thatch can cause a problem for your soil by reducing airflow and nutrients that reaches it. Thick thatch can cause yellowing and dying grass. However, thatch is typically made of roots and stems, not grass clippings.
Grass clippings from robotic mowers DO NOT contribute to thatch. Cutting a large percentage of the blade of grass stresses the grass and leaves those ugly brown dead clippings which eventually become thatch. However, since robotic mowers run more often, they cut smaller proportions of the grass and therefore provide the ideal clippings for fertilizer.
Best Practices for Using Clippings as Fertilizer
How Autmow Can Help
Autmow robotic mowers are the perfect tools to provide for the best fertilization with clippings. Our mowers have the sharp blades necessary to best distribute the clippings. In addition, a consistent mowing schedule is easy to set and robotic mowers can mow as often as you would like them to, which adds to clipping distribution. They work hard, so you don’t have to.
Autmow is North America’s first, largest and fastest growing network of robotic lawn and turf-care specialists. Contact Autmow today to get started in finding the right robotic mower for your lawn and your needs.
Rodriguez, Amy. “Does Cutting Grass Promote Health?” SFGate, 14 December 2018, https://homeguides.sfgate.com/cutting-grass-promote-growth-70036.html
“Are Grass Clippings Good For My Lawn?” Lawn Doctor, 8 June 2016, https://www.lawndoctor.com/blog/grass-clippings-for-lawns/
So, you’ve found your dream home and it is everything you could imagine and more. However, there is one small downside you find: the back yard is sloped and hilly.
We all dread the burn we feel in our legs as we walk up a hill – and worse, when we walk up a hill pushing a large piece of machinery like a lawn mower. Though many yards with hills have gorgeous views and unique architecture opportunities, there are a lot of people that would not be willing to pay as much for a home on a sloped lot simply because of the upkeep involved. So, how does Autmow help you combat this obstacle and keep you excited about your dream home? By eliminating the upkeep of a hilly lawn.
Robotic Mowers Hill Capabilities
Robotic mowers have continuously improved as the years have progressed and they have been in mass production. One of the biggest improvements that robotic designs have seen is their capability to handle hills. Robotic mowers eliminate the need for consumers to manually walk up and down hills to mow their lawns. In fact, most robotic mowers can handle mild grades at a varying degree based upon their design. Recently, Husqvarna has released the 435X AWD robotic mower that can handle extreme slopes with an incline of up to 70 percent.
The Husqvarna 435X AWD
The Husqvarna 435X AWD is not only known for its hill capability. There are a wide variety of other features that this state-of-the-art robotic mower offers, including:
· Easy handling of steep grades up to 70 percent
· Smart negotiation of large lawns
· Intelligent navigation of complex lawns
· Ability to handle obstacles and tough terrain
· GPS-assisted navigation
In addition to these features, the 435X AWD is also equipped with the Automower Connect APP. This application is the simple way to keep your lawn green, healthy, and perfectly mowed. The APP allows users to easily track, interact, and stay updated with their mower’s progress at the touch of a screen.
Autmow’s Suggested Hill Solution?
Autmow is a proud supplier of the Husqvarna 435X AWD. This mower was designed for sloped lawns and is the suggested solution to consumers looking for a robotic mower that can handle extreme grades. Because of their ability to easily navigate grades of up to 70% as well as their other assortment of features, the 435X AWD is a great mower to keep your work moving downhill and smoothly as the mowing season begins. Consumers can be confident that this mower can handle deep inclines without constantly monitoring the mower. So sit back, relax, enjoy your dream home, and allow the mower to do the rest. Contact Autmow to schedule a free lawn assessment and let us provide recommendations on which robotic lawn mower will be best for your lawn’s needs!
Stolyar, Brenda. “Husqvarna’s New Robotic Lawn Mower Tackles Steep Hills.” PCMag, 25 February 2019, https://www.pcmag.com/news/husqvarnas-new-robotic-lawn-mower-tackles-steep-hills
Anti-theft systems don’t have to be as dramatic and intricate as the system created by Kevin McCallister in the 1990 hit movie “Home Alone”. We all understand that in the world we live in today, it is important to protect ourselves and our property from people that are willing to steal for their own gain. Though the anti-theft systems on robotic mowers may not be nearly as entertaining as Kevin’s, they are just as effective. Read below to explore the different anti-theft measures that many mowers are equipped with in order the trick the tricksters.
The PIN-Code Feature
All robotic mowers are equipped with a PIN-code feature. This feature only allows authorized users to utilize the mower by imputing a designated PIN-code. This 4-digit code is designated at the time of installation by the owner. Additionally, if the security of your PIN is compromised at any time, the owner can change the PIN in the options menu. This means that if a thief does decide to steal your mower, it will be completely unusable to them or anyone they may try to pawn it off on.
Audible Alarm Feature
Probably the most basic but effective security feature of robotic mowers is the audible alarm. Most robotic mowers will sound an audible alarm the moment they are picked up. Users can turn this feature on and off to suite their needs and they can also set how long the alarm will continue to sound once it is set.
Instant Notifications Feature
Much like any smart device of the times, robotic mowers allow users to receive instant notifications. Higher-end mowers use GSM cell service to connect to your phone and alert you if they ever have an issue. This means no matter where you are, you have a pulse on the activity of your robotic mower, and an eye on anyone that may be lurking around it with ill intentions.
Base Station Exclusivity Feature
Most robotic mowers are uniquely paired to their charging base, meaning that they cannot be charged by any other charging base. Unless thieves want to steal both your bot and your charger in one swift swoop, they will not be able to charge the battery once it dies. Similarly to the PIN-code feature, this renders the mowers useless to thieves.
Robotic mowers are also equipped with an auto-disabling or geo-fencing feature that will render it unusable if it is removed from its designated mowing area. This feature normally is paired with the audible alarm mentioned above. That way, if it is removed from your yard, it will be of no use to thieves who are looking to use the mower for their own gain (and the alarm will sound continuously until it is returned to its geo-fenced area). This feature can be turned on and off by the owner in cases where the mower is going to be used remotely.
The GPS Tracking Feature
Though all the previously mentioned security measures only render the machinery useless for thieves and therefore discourage them from stealing your mower, this feature allows you to retrieve your mower from whoever stole it from you. The GPS tracking features allows you to find your robotic mower’s location via GPS coordinates. It may not be best to go on a heroic run alone to steal back your mower, but this feature is a great resource when reporting the incident to police who can then go and find the lost mower. Additionally, this feature can notify you when your mower is removed from your cutting area so that you can begin the process quickly of reporting the theft to your local police.
What’s the Takeaway?
What’s the takeaway from all this? Robotic mowers are very well equipped to deal with thieves and have quite a few safety tricks up their sleeves to ensure that you feel safe with your purchase of a robotic mower. Robotic mowers may not have matched Kevin’s creativity when it comes to tricks, but they come close to the same number of boobie-traps!
Autmow is a family-run company that began in 2012 and has been inviting customers to join the family since. After years of research and testing, we developed a unique approach to combine the best technology with the best service possible. Now, we offer comprehensive, emission-free solutions for EVERYONE, including homeowners to large business and government. Contact Autmow to schedule a free lawn assessment and let us provide recommendations on which robotic lawn mower will be best for your lawn’s needs!
Robotics are no longer an idea of the future – they are a technology of the present. Though many people have historically feared the innovation of robotics and the safety of autonomous machinery, society has now begun to learn how beneficial this technology can be in all avenues of life. At Autmow, we have embraced robotics and are North America’s first, largest, and fastest growing network of robotic lawn and turf-care specialist.
What is a Robotic Lawn Mower?
First introduced into production in 1995, robotic lawn mowers are constantly improving and have become a booming success after 25 years in the lawn care industry. Simply put – a robotic lawn mower is an independently moving piece of yard equipment meant to cut grass. These lawn mowers are termed “autonomous” because they have the freedom to operate on their own. This means that once the settings and controls have been selected by the operator, there is no physical presence necessary from the operator for the robotic mower to function.
How Does a Robotic Lawn Mower Work?
Robotic lawn mowers are extremely easy to set up and utilize. Users simply set up a border wire of their property and define the area that needs to be cut. These wires are also used to outline parameters within the yard, such as trees or other obstacles, as well as providing a path to the charger for the robot to charge. Once the parameters have been set, the mower will use the buried wires to navigate the edges of the lawn and ensure a clean cut, every time. Additionally, robotic mowers are designed with built-in sensors to help the mowers from getting stuck on any unexpected objects.
What are the Benefits of a Robotic Lawn Mower?
The benefits of switching to a robotic lawn mower are seemingly countless. This technology is eco-friendly, whisper quiet, safer, better for your lawn, economical, and effortless.
Autmow is North America’s first, largest, and fastest growing network of robotic lawn and turf-care specialists. Our growth can be attributed to not only our experienced team of experts and superior customer service, but also to our long-term care and maintenance. From purchase, we want to ensure that every aspect of your autonomous robot experience is easy, efficient, and affordable.
Autmow is a family-run company that began in 2012 and has been inviting customers to join the family since. After years of research and testing, we developed a unique approach to combine the best technology with the best service possible. Now, we offer comprehensive, emission-free solutions for EVERYONE, including homeowners to large business and government.
Contact Autmow to schedule a free lawn assessment and let us provide recommendations on which robotic lawn mower will be best for your lawn’s needs!
The holidays are just around the corner, and if there are a few people on your list who are consistently difficult to shop for, consider a robotic lawn mower. As futuristic as it sounds, these programmable devices offer a myriad of advantages that are appealing to many homeowners. Here are a few types of people who would benefit from getting one this holiday season.
Give a Robotic Lawn Mower as a Gift to These Loved Ones
1. Those With Joint Pain or the Elderly
Traditional lawn mowers can be difficult to maneuver, especially for those with joint pain, muscle weakness, or any other physical health concerns. If you have relatives or friends still struggling with an old, cumbersome mower, a robotic one can mow their lawns for them.
2. Early Adopters
Know someone with a smart thermostat, voice-controlled speakers, and programmable lighting? A robotic lawn mower is perfect for your tech-obsessed loved ones who are particularly hard to buy for.
3. Anyone Concerned About the Environment
For those worried about their carbon footprint, they’ll be relieved to know that robotic mowers are powered by electricity. They are emissions free and need no gas to run, and they only use about $5.00 worth of electricity each month.
4. Those Who Are Busy and Budget-Conscious
If someone’s too busy to mow their lawn but a paid service isn’t quite right for them at the moment, they’ll appreciate a robotic lawn mower. The intuitive, easy-to-use programming allows them to keep their lawn neat and trim without cutting into their schedule, and they won’t need to pay a service to take care of it for them.
Are you eager to get a robotic lawn mower wrapped up for one of your loved ones? Contact Autmow, the first, largest, and fastest growing network of Robotic Lawn Mower specialists. They sell the top name brands and can help you choose the best machine for the intended recipient. To learn more about robotic mowing, visit their website or call them today at (888) 899-2682.