Case Study: 'It's one less headache to worry about'
Marie Nolan from Navan, Co Meath, lives in a property with a large corner garden. She works in a busy job full-time, so finding the time to ensure her lawn was regularly cut when the last of her three daughters moved out was always going to be a struggle.
"I went out to look for something that would lower the maintenance of everything [about the house], and one of them was the grass."
She bought her Robomow robotic lawn mower second hand back in 2008 and, despite the high cost, has not regretted it for a moment. "I suppose people budget for different things and I certainly had to budget for that, but it means one less headache to worry about."
Initially she used to have to charge the battery herself, but then two of her neighbours bought charging docking stations for their own machines that keep the machines' batteries topped up constantly, so she decided to get one, too.
Besides renewing the battery last year after seven years and the occasional service to sharpen the blades, among other things, it has given her no trouble.
"I don't know how I would live without it, to be honest. I took it out two weeks ago and started it up and now I can forget about it for the summer. It just heads out and cuts the grass and then goes back and goes to sleep and charges."
It is programmed to go out and mow the lawn every two weeks. It's a measure of how self-sufficient it is that she has no idea how long it takes to cut her lawn. "I think it's about two hours."