If anyone watched Paul James' TV show, Gardening by the Yard this morning, you would have heard about such a mower. A little self propelled robot. No hands needed. You simply define your mowing space with a thin wire sensor and let the robot go.
Am I going to trust a little wire, placed down where the grass grows, to protect all my garden babies? Would you leave your five month old infant on the living room floor with the Roomba in action? I don’t think so.
I personally was horrified at the thought of setting a robot loose on my lawn surrounded by hand edged, deeply curved garden beds…everywhere. I do not have stone edged gardens like Paul James.
From the moment Paul suggested there was such a mower, I envisioned my hosta collection, all 250 varieties, turned to mulch. How can I trust a little robot to do as I have instructed, when other electronics, like my laptop, have a mind of their own and think they are smarter than I am?
So I say NO to the robot mower. It's worth the extra time it takes to mow by hand and know my plants are safe from this potential mechanical monster. And my neighbors better not get any ideas either!
Hosta Great Expectations with flowering shrub Dutzia gracilis
Hosta Wolverine with Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Karmina'