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Lawn technology gifts for Mom and Dad
(BPT) Whether it¡¯s for Father¡¯s Day, Mother¡¯s Day, a
birthday or just to show your appreciation, it¡¯s always
a struggle to come up with gift ideas for your par-
ents. This is especially the case when parents claim
they have everything they need and prefer to do
things their own way.
One of those things they¡¯ll always have to do is take
care of the lawn. Mowing, trimming, fertilizing and
more mowing. Whether they like it like it or not, it¡¯s a
weekly chore.
So this year, why not think about getting them some-
thing that eases their routine?
Whether Mom and Dad are somewhat behind the
times when it comes to technology, or they¡¯re the
ones who wait in line to get the latest smartphone,
there are game-changing breakthroughs in lawn care
technology that are making a big splash across the
country. And this just might be the gift idea you¡¯ve
been looking for.
An evolution in lawn care
Maintaining a lawn takes a lot of work, and as you
grow older, you realize this more than ever. At times,
the satisfaction in doing the work yourself may start
to wear thin.
The good news is that technology similar to that
which goes into self-driving cars, along with the
sensors that allow new cars to park themselves, are
being harnessed for lawn care.
That¡¯s right, a robotic mower is now available that
automatically cuts your grass.
Words not normally associated with lawn care, such
as effortless and hands free, are now the secret to a
great looking yard!
The Automower(R) revolution
Husqvarna, the world¡¯s largest producer of robotic
mowers, recently brought three new models to its
lineup of Automowers(R). Guided by the boundary
wires that define the borders of your yard, flower-
beds and other landscaping features, the Husqvarna
Automower(R) is designed to easily maneuver over a
variety of terrain, including inclines up to 25 degrees
(depending on the model) and narrow spaces.
The automated system is amazing in itself, but one of
the things many owners are most surprised at is how
the Automower(R) can precisely cut grass even in the
midst of a downpour. Add to this its silent operation
and your parents will no longer need to wait for the
right time to mow.
While the technology may be impressive, this is far
from just a cool new toy. With its sharp, razor-like
blades, this little machine houses a unique cutting
system that will keep your parents¡¯ lawn looking bet-
ter than ever.
The loud, gas-powered world of small engines that
makes up lawn care is changing. Who knows, the
motorized push lawn mower might go the way of the
rotary phone.
While the 21st century has seen some astronomic
leaps in technology, most of the attention re-
volves around the devices we put in our pockets
or on our desks. Breakthroughs like the Husqvarna
Automower(R) remind us of the extent by which
technology is making our lives easier.
And not just making lawn mowing easier, but making
it a bit easier to buy Mom and Dad a gift as well.
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Home & Garden
2016 August/September
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
Furniture Makeover Tips
Upcycle your summer treasures
with these 5 DIY tips
(BPT) The months of summer are a perfect time
to hunt for hidden one-of-a-kind treasures bur-
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