of this information is downloaded on to your cell phone so you have an app that you can rely upon to give you information on whether you’re having operational issues on that piece of equipment.” If customers have a maintenance agreement, then Sebert will pick up the mower at the end of the season and store it for the client. “From the customer’s perspective, there’s a lot of interested people,” Sebert says. “I think they embrace it. They love the idea. You will see people pulling off to the side of the road and taking pictures or videos of one of the Automowers as they’re working on somebody’s property.” Russell has been utilizing the Green-

zie technology on three commercial accounts and has a Husqvarna robot- ic mower at his house. They haven’t charged for the robotic mowing as a service yet. With the Greenzie technology, it uses a computer attached to a com- mercial mower that runs the machine, eliminating the need for guidewires. “In the commercial market we are still testing this technology,” Russell says. “However, it allows a trained employee to get off the mower and provide leadership

to the crew and focus on the detail and gardening services.”

BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC MOWERS Now that crews are freed up from mowing, Sebert says there’s more focus on bed care, taking care of shrubbery and perennials and trimming the edges along the sidewalks. Vena says robotic mowers have allowed the company to reallocate resources for gardening, horticultural details, and enhancements, as well as have some capacity for new work. Sebert adds that using robotic mowers is also safer since they cannot throw a rock or anything else that would be a potential hazard. While Russell Landscape Group hasn’t implemented their robotic mowers full scale, Russell says the Greenzie technol- ogy has been able to help offset some of the manpower needs. “Skilled labor is a challenge,” Russell

says. “Typically, the person operating a large commercial mower has to be trained with a lot of experience. This will allow the company to utilize these skilled employees in a more productive way.”

DRAWBACKS OF ROBOTIC MOWERS Vena says the main cons for using robotic mowers have been irregular connectivity issues and error notifications that make it difficult to plan and schedule work for the technicians handling troubleshooting on a daily basis. Sebert says the only drawback right now with robotic mowers is the lack of larger mowers that can be moved prop- erty to property. “Right now, I can’t move that mower to another property and work at the

Mariani Landscape has tested out robotic mowers from STIHL, Husqvarna, ECHO and

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