Robotic lawnmowers have been a revelation since they were introduced into the market almost a decade ago. Busy families can now enjoy the sight of perfectly mowed gardens and lawns with just a few taps of the button on a smartphone when they get home in the evening.
However, one of the side effects of robotic lawnmowers is the danger they pose to wildlife like hedgehogs, and to a lesser extent, rabbits, butterflies and bees. The automated nature of robotic mowers means they cannot distinguish between natural obstructions and wildlife. This causes them to continue to climb over and slice and scalp the animals. Hedgehogs are particularly at risk, since their natural defence mechanism is to curl up into a prickly ball in the face of danger, instead of running away, the way rodents do. Young rabbits also react the same way to the threat of these mowers. Robotic lawnmowers have also been mentioned as being partially responsible for the declining number of bees and butterflies. While it’s true that mowing wildflowers reduces pollination opportunities for insects since it would drive them away, the risks are also similar to human-operated lawnmowers.
Greenworks’ Design Reduce the Risk of Injuries to Wildlife
Greenworks prides itself for its commitment to environmental sustainability. We are thus very concerned about the well-being of wildlife and the threat our lawnmowers have on them. This is one of the reasons why our robotic lawnmowers are equipped with a variety of features to help reduce the danger to animals. These features include:
- Shielded knives: Our free-moving blades are located behind covered plates. This reduces the risk of small animals being sliced by them.
- Collision sensors: Our mowers are able to detect obstacles while working and conveniently avoid them.
- Lift sensors: Our mowers will immediately stop working when they are lifted or tilted.
In addition, since hedgehogs are nocturnal animals (except the babies), it is wise to avoid mowing in the evenings or at night. With our free App, you can easily program your mower to mow your garden during the day. This will greatly minimise the risk of injuring hedgehogs!
Additional Steps You Can Take to Minimise the Risk of Injuries to Wild Animals
If you’d like to contribute more to the safety of hedgehogs and rabbits, as well as ensure the population of bees and butterflies in your area remain constant, here are a couple of steps you can take.
- Use the guide wires strategically around your garden. Loop them around wildflowers, hedges and bushes. If possible, manually trim the grass near the base of hedges and small trees since animals like to rest in cool, shaded areas.
- You can create safe zones in your garden. Simply leave a thick pile of leaves at a designated area and ensure your mower avoids the area using the guide wires. The pile of leaves will attract wildlife and decrease the chances of them wandering into the path of your mower.
Do you have any ideas and tips to share to reduce the chances of injury to wild animals in your garden? Please let us know using the contact form. We’d love to read your thoughts!