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Can I install my robotic lawnmower myself?

Before the new robotic lawnmower is put into operation for the first time, it must be properly installed. After all, the new garden helper needs to know which areas it should mow, when, how often and in what way. This one-time installation takes a little time - but will also save on costs for the installation service.

Before your new garden helper can tirelessly make its rounds, be sure to conduct an initial installation. After all, a robotic lawnmower needs clear instructions on when and how to mow the lawn. Most importantly, it needs to know within what boundaries the device should move so as not to end up at the neighbors or in the flower bed. This initial installation takes a few hours and can be done quite conveniently through a service of the manufacturer. However, it is cheaper to simply install the robotic mower yourself. This is easier than many amateur gardeners think.

Installing the robotic lawnmower yourself - this is how it's done!

The installation of a robotic lawnmower is absolutely easy to do with minimum technical skill. The required material is usually already included in the scope of delivery, so you can start installing your new robotic lawnmower right away.

Scope of delivery of the robotic lawnmower

For many models, the parts required for installation and operation, such as boundary wire and mounting hooks, are already included in the scope of the delivery or can simply be purchased as an option. This is especially necessary if the lawn is very winding and therefore requires an above-average number of meters of wire.

Other tools that are helpful during installation but are not included in the scope of delivery would include:

  • a lawn edger
  • a rubber mallet
  • an Allen wrench
  • a pair of metal pliers

Once you have everything ready, you can also get started with the installation right away.

Placement of the charging station

The first question is the location of the charging station. This should be as freely accessible as possible and located at the edge of the lawn, no further than 10 meters from a power outlet. A place that is protected from rain and sun is also ideal. Otherwise, the battery could overheat. Attach the charging station firmly to the ground so that the robotic lawnmower does not move it when it drives over it.

Even if your robotic lawnmower can easily manage slopes of up to 45 percent - the charging station should always be placed on ground level.

Laying the perimeter wire

The perimeter wire forms an induction loop that uses a magnetic field to tell the robotic lawnmower within which area to move. Flower beds or the garden ponds can also be easily protected using these wires.

Before laying the boundary wire, mow the lawn as short as possible. This facilitates the subsequent laying. Then, you have the option of either laying the cable above ground by fastening it with the lawn stakes provided or using a lawn edger to make a small whole and place the cable under the turf. This will prevent you from damaging the cable later when dethatching. 

Other points to consider when laying the wire:

  • The distance to flower beds and lawn edges should be even so that the robot does not mow too far into the bed. To ensure this, a distance ruler is included with the robotic lawnmower upon delivered.
  • To prevent the robot from bumping into tight angles and having to turn around, lay the cable here in a slight curve. This allows the device to easily follow the wire and mow the garden without interruption.
  • The wires must not cross each other. Run it clockwise or counterclockwise around the lawn and tie in beds from there by pulling the wire across the lawn, circling the bed and running the wire back to the edge parallel to the outbound run.
  • It gets more complicated if you want to link separate zones. If there is a thoroughfare, it is recommended to simply tie in the zone. Otherwise, it makes sense to have two separate circuits, which you can link with a signal transmitter or, in the case of large areas, add a second charging station.
  • You do not need to mark trees and other larger obstacles with the wire.
  • Connect the two ends of the wire to the charging station. A function light tells you if all wires are properly connected and the loop is closed.

Programing the robotic lawnmower

Once the perimeter wire has correctly been laid, the robot itself still needs to be programed. Models with a touch screens or controls via app are particularly convenient. You have the option here of,

  • Mowing times and programs
  • Theft protection
  • Date and time
  • Cutting height (depending on the model between 20 and 100 mm, partly adjustable via a rotary knob on the lower section of the device, but not via the control panel)
  • If necessary, further starting points can be programed. Particularly convenient is the control via an app in combination with a GSM module. This allows you to reprogram your robotic lawnmower at any time from any place.

Lawn robot starts automatically after charging

Once the robotic lawnmower has been programed, fully charged and the induction loop is ready for operation, the robot will automatically start the first mowing operation when the entered mowing time has been received. Alternatively, you can press the start button manually.

Alternative installation service

If you do not want to invest the time to install the robotic lawnmower, manufacturers also offer their own installation service. A service provider will come to your home and take care of the correct installation of the charging station, the professional laying of the boundary wire and the programing of the robotic lawnmower. This is followed by a test run to ensure that the robot really works as it should. Finally, a briefing on the operation of the device is mandatory.

The cost of the installation service depends on the size of the garden and whether the installation is above or below ground.

The initial installation of the lawn robot requires a few hours, but in principle it is very simple. A quick guide with the individual installation steps can also be found here: Quick Start Guide