Skating atop the glazed and pitted snow, a single Oak leaf skidded and twirled between the long shadows of the day.  Winter seems to have found her stride.


Likewise, robotic mowers are finding their way into our lives and lawns as their development and use are on the rise.  Robotic mowers aren’t new, and their use is expected to grow by 22% over the next 5 years.  Their design has become sleeker, their software more intelligent, and their power more efficient, but are we ready?


With the download of an app, and a little practice and faith, you can be… but the bigger, better question may be, are our lawns and yards ready?


Currently, robotic mowers have no way to edge/string trim.  Additionally, moving from the front lawn to the back lawn can be an issue, particularly when gates, pavement, etc. separate the two.  Furthermore, leaves and other seasonal debris pose a major issue as do inclement weather and drainage issues.

Instead of focusing on the current shortfalls or fearing the future, Sweeney’s is looking to embrace and enhance the technology for the greatest efficacy.  Our intent is to design “smart” yards where robotic mowers can be the most efficient and effective while maintaining the health and vigor of the turf and surrounding yard.  In other words, working with technology for the greater good of our lawns, nature, and the future.

Plant of the Week

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Ornamental grass with unusual, golden flag-like flowers that bloom horizontally upon stiff stems mid Summer – Fall amongst bluish-green foliage.  Blonde seed heads persist through Winter adding seasonal interest.  Prefers full sun to partial sun and dry soil.  Grows 24-36″ tall and 24-36″ wide.

“Technology presumes there’s just one right way to do things, and there never is.”

-Robert M. Pirsig

Warm wishes,

Kim Sweeney