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Switching to robotic mowing during the winter season, might be the best choice for your turf care

ByAMS

Switching to robotic mowing during the winter season can benefit turf care in many ways. Fluctuating weather patterns during the winter season creates a difficult environment for maintaining grass.

Belrobotics commercial robotic mowers BigMow and ParcMow provide an automated turf care solution for areas up to 75,000m2.

Robotic mowing in winter - AMS Robotics

With the Belrobotics smartphone app, a mowing schedule can be set. Often when traditional mowing methods are used, the grass over winter gets limited management, and in many cases, cutting is not an option due to the weight of the machinery. However, this is not the case with robotic mowers.

The BigMow’s and ParcMow’s lightweight design imposes no stress on the grass minimising the risk of soil compaction usually associated with heavy traditional ride-on mowers. In less wet weather conditions, you can keep the mower running continuously, enabling the green space to be mowed up to five times per week.

In more adverse weather conditions with the exception of snow, you simply reduce the time the robot is out working, resulting in the grass being cut to two or three times a week. This benefits the overall turf health as the robotic mowers cut a very small amount each time.

This manicure style mulching technique results in the tiny grass clippings fertilising the soil in a 100% ecological way, allowing the sward to stay thick and healthy throughout the colder months, ready for spring.

Once the warmer weather does start, a regular mowing period of a few weeks will result in a denser sward, better soil anchoring and strengthen sowing ability. Along with a decrease in the development of weeds, moss and the need for chemical fertilisers in the long term. These are all factors that help in the overall turf’s defence against the cold and wet winter weather.

Lawn comparison, before and after using Belrobotics robotic mower
Example of green space now equipped with a Belrobotics robot (right image) and one that was not (left image)

Benefits of robotic mowing during the winter season

Grass height detection

There’s no need to wait till spring to begin using a robotic mower. Beginning your robotic mowing during the winter season is arguably the best way to get ahead of the curve, in improving your overall turf health.

One of the key benefits is the robotic mowers ability to detect grass height. With unpredictable growth patterns due to warmer winters, it can be difficult for grounds care staff to determine when to continue or stop cutting the grass.

With the AMS robotic mowing system, the mower will go out but if the grass has not grown to the programmed cutting height, it simply won’t be cut. Therefore, once the bad weather does set in, the turf quality and the ground beneath it will already be on it’s way to improved health, with no damage from heavy machinery.

Advantages of automated mowing

  • Only cuts the grass if it grows to the programmed cutting height.
  • Lightweight design imposes no stress to the grass
  • Smartphone app to programme mowing schedules
  • Improved grass health, more resilient in the harsher winter weather

Whether you want to combat unpredictable growth rates of the milder winter weather or you want to get in good preparation for the spring. The earlier you make the switch to robotic mowing during the winter season, the sooner you can reap the benefits.

If you want to get ahead of the game and see results like this with your turf contact our sales team on: 01462 676 222 or send us a message to set up your FREE no-obligation demonstration