How the robotic lawnmower survives the winter unscathed
Slowly but surely, winter is approaching, frost is coming and gardening is dwindling. However, there are a few things to consider so that your own robot lawn mower does not fall victim to winter. We explain how to properly protect your little helper so that it will still be fully functional for the next year.
When should the robotic lawnmower be stored?
As soon as the temperatures drop below zero at night, the robotic lawnmower must never be left in the garden. The freezing temperatures have a negative effect on the battery and electronics and can permanently damage them. Before storing it, it makes sense to mow the lawn again; it grows much more slowly during the winter months and regular mowing is not necessary during this time.
The most important steps to secure the robotic lawnmower in winter
Winterizing the robotic lawnmower is not a big challenge. Many manufacturers include individual instructions for the robots, but the fuse is similar for most devices:
- Step 1 – Mow the lawn one last time: As mentioned above, the lawn hardly grows in winter. To ensure that the garden looks appealing during the winter months, it is worth taking the robot one last run before it goes into hibernation.
- Step 2 – Fully charge the battery: To prevent the robotic lawnmower from being completely discharged during the winter months, the battery should be fully charged once before storage. This increases the service life of the battery and prevents possible damage. Depending on the model, the battery is 100 percent ready for storage after two to three hours.
- Step 3 – Cleaning: The robotic lawnmower should then be cleaned. The best way to do this is to use a brush for the underside and a slightly dampened cloth for the cover. Robotic lawnmower owners should remove all grass and dirt residues and take special care that no water is used when cleaning the interior and the underside! Cleaning the wheels is also worthwhile, as otherwise the dirt dries up during the months’ break and makes the subsequent cleaning process much more difficult. To clean the wheels, they can usually be unscrewed and cleaned individually.
- Step 4 – Check the blades: As the device will be dismantled when it is deeply cleaned, it is also worth taking a look at the cutting blades of the robot. If this is dull, the blades must either be replaced or sharpened. The blades should also be cleaned without water.
- Step 5 – Storing the robotic lawnmower: A room should be available for storing the robotic lawnmower that is dry and has a temperature between 10 and 15 degrees. Usually a garage or cellar is sufficient for this, the main thing is that the temperature in the room does not fall below freezing point.
What are the three best robotic lawnmowers?
Here are the three best robotic lawnmowers we tested: