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Tame Your Unruly Yard With This Lawndroid
Lawn and order compliments of a smart robot mower. Husqvarna‘s new high-end robotic lawn caretaker, the Automower 450x, costs $3,500. The company makes cheaper models around $2,000, and the competing Robomow costs $2,099. Most of these smart mowers can be controlled by an app, but the biggest Husqvarna can cover the most ground up to 1.25 acres. I was eager to put it to work on my glorious greenery. The first step involves corralling the ‘bot. Like the Roomba, which uses cone-shaped plastic beacons to indicate where to work (and where not to) in your home, you tell the Husky where to mow by staking a perimeter with green wire. For obstacles like my rock garden, shed, and fire pit, I had to create no-mow zones by running the wire around each object. I would have preferred an app that lets me map the boundaries using GPS coordinates, but maybe that’s a future upgrade.