Husqvarna has already turned heads for creating some of the most innovative robotic lawnmowers in the world. These mowers aren’t just ‘Robovacs for the lawn’, they are self-contained, tireless, emissions-free mowers that continuously maintain your lawn morning, noon and night.
But now, their mowers can do even more with the map they automatically draw of your lawn. Called “Rewilding,” a robotic lawn mower sets aside 10% of your lawn and doesn’t mow it.
Now I know what you’re saying – if you’ve spent a few thousand dollars on a robot to maintain your lawn, it should keep… all the lawn. right? Good. not exactly.
Husqvarna asserts that if each European household allocated just 10% of its garden and allowed it to be planted with local plant species, it would constitute an area larger than the largest European nature reserve. Very impressive. But instead of putting all that land mass in one place, by having multiple, small rewilding areas everywhere, you’re improving the biodiversity in your own backyard, both literally and figuratively.
The Husquarvana app creates a virtual rewilding area on its own, but you can shape it as you see fit (and it also works with your landscaping and HOA needs). Then you can sprinkle in some native flowers and give bees, butterflies and other pollinators something to do best.
Are you ready to stop mowing and keep your lawn healthy? And Make your yard more environmentally friendly? Yes, I thought so. These are the robots that make magic happen.
How to create a rewilding area
First, you need a compatible automotive engine. In the US, the 415 and 435X AWD models feature an automatic recirculation mode…the problem is that these models also require you to place boundary wire around your property to create a virtual fence. If you’re ready to create your own, you can get the 450X EPOS and use Husqvarna’s latest technology: line-of-sight GPS (Husquarvana calls it EPOS for Precision Positioning Operating System).
EPOS is an impressive technology in its own right, replacing the tedious and fallible ground wire boundary system used by most robotic mowers. It works well enough, but it can take a weekend to install the proper borders and you have to maintain them constantly to make sure there are no accidental breaks in the line.
The Husqvarna 450XH EPOS is a chunky, two-wheel automatic mower that can handle up to 2.5 acres of grass on a single charge (more than enough for my stamp collection), handle slopes up to 45 degrees, and GPS navigation ) The package that you install near an outdoor charging station.
Setting up the limits of the 450XH EPOS that Husqvarna sent me to test was simple. Once you set up the satellite link (you’ll need a nice open space on your property with a good view of the sky) you can connect to the mower and drive it using the Automower app. It’s like driving a big RC car with your phone. Then, simply walk the robot around your property, creating your own rewilding area as you go. Choose places like under trees with exposed roots or near rough terrain that you’ll likely have to rescue the mower from anyway.An additional feature of the 450XH is pattern cutting. You know those lines that people who are really obsessed with grass have? What you always wanted but never had the patience for? Well, the Husqvarna lawn mower doesn’t mind spending all day meticulously moving back and forth to get the perfect pattern in your lawn. You can also create checkerboard patterns if you want it to look really cool.
The catch is that this is not a self-installing device. If you want to automate EPOS quality, you’ll have to have a professional Husqvarna installer do it for you. “But I’m perfectly capable of mounting a satellite receiver pole and walking the robot around my yard,” she says. Except that only Husqvarna representatives have access to the software that connects EPOS, all-terrain, and commercial mowers to Husqvarna servers.
If you prefer self-serve, get the 415X model mentioned above (the 435X AWD is also dealer installed) and take the time to put in a boundary wire. The upside is that these robotic mowers can automatically calculate the rewilding area for you (you just have to add and adjust it in the Automower app). Boundary wire models also do not rely solely on GPS, which can sometimes be difficult. One thing I noticed with the 450XH EPOS is that the clipping map looks like it used to on my Garmin watch years ago, where the track will suddenly veer away from the map if the signal is lost.
Should I get a car engine?
Having been through my fair share of mowing this summer already, with the heat index soaring well over 100 degrees, the idea of a robot taking care of mowing my lawn is a no-brainer for me. Paying someone to do my garden was never appealing, mostly because I felt bad about what they would have to endure. But the car engine? I have no problem relying on a robot that can mow at any time of the day and in any conditions.
The 450XH EPOS does a good job too. It is better to keep lawns short than to mow tall grass so they should be run often. But, again, I don’t have to be there to mow the lawn, so if the robot needs to run every other day, so be it. It has to be rescued from time to time if the EPOS signal fails (there are some spots on my property that have dense undergrowth that partially blocks the mower’s line of sight). But this doesn’t apply to every round, and it only takes two minutes of convincing to get the robot back on task. The result is a well-maintained garden with no hands-on effort on my part. It even handles the slope to the lake behind my house with ease.
It also has object detection and will avoid sudden obstacles in the yard. If you’re worried about someone walking away with it (which is fair considering the 450XH EPOS will set you back $5,899) you can set an alarm to go off if someone turns it off or picks it up. It will also lock itself if it is taken out of a geo-fence area around your home.
The biggest problem is knowing what to do with the weekend hours you used to spend in your garden.
Find out more about the 450XH EPOS on the Husqvarna website. If you’re looking for something less expensive, check out the 435X AWD for $2,999 or the 415X for $1,999.
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