The Surprising Benefit of Automated Mowing Every Homeowner Should Understand  

We all have neighbors like this: their lush lawn just screams “we understand this photosynthesis” thing better than you.  

Having a green thumb isn’t just a nice-to-have for everyday homeownership, apparently it’s more deeply rooted in our identities. Research shows that the greener the lawn, the better homeowners feel about themselves.  

But for some, the more we try—fertilizing, aerating, watering in the early morning—we never see the results we find on YouTube.  

Interestingly, there has been a new development in modern lawncare: Autonomous mowers.  


Healthier Grass With Everyday Cut 

The Worx Landroid and Landroid Vision were designed to give you time back every week. These robotic mowers cut grass 1/8th of an inch at a time. Robotic mowing results are proving to be healthier for your lawn. Robots like Landroid being better than using a zero-turn mower, a push lawn mower and even a reel mower.   

Numerous bodies of research done by the University of Georgia has found that the more frequent the cut, the healthier the lawn.  

“Because the mower takes off very little leaf tissue every time, there’s less stress on the plant,”  said Clint Waltz, a UGA Cooperative Extension specialist in turf grass with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ crop and soil sciences department. “Our research has shown improved rooting and improved density of the canopy.”

A University of Kentucky study found that robotic mowers resulted in a 48% increase in leaf cut quality and a 51% reduction in leaf stress. 

Reducing stress on grass blades is crucial for warm season grasses like Bermuda and St. Augustine found in the South. These types of grasses need to be cut frequently in the summer. 


Thicker Grass, Less Weeds 

Other studies show that lawns thicken over time. Autonomous lawn mowers enable for quicker, tiny clippings that compost better into the soil (acting like a fertilizer). This avoids thatch layers with long clippings, which can prevent the soil from getting oxygen and water to the roots.  

“At the end of the trial, the autonomous mower increased turf density by 3.2 shoots/cm2 compared with a rotary mower (2.1 shoots/cm2),” outlined in a paper done by HortTechnology Journal.  

Even more interesting, about 52% of robotic lawn mower owners say they have seen considerable improvements in their lawn over time, according to My Take 2023 research on robot mower owners. 

Social media channels echo some of this sentiment.  

And this is why robotic mowing has taken off in Europe and is it making its way to North America.