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Meet the Future in Mowing

How a Topeka Lawn and Landscape Company Stays on the Cutting-Edge

Article by Kelsey Huber

Photography by Thomas Hall/Eagle Aerial Solutions

Originally published in Topeka City Lifestyle

It all started in 2016 when Ian Robbins, owner of Yardcrafters, was laid off from his job. “I was bored and all I wanted to do was mow,” he said. “So I started Yardcrafters and it just took off. I had to hire another person that first year just to keep up.” Today Yardcrafters consists of a dozen people and offers many more services than just lawn mowing. Sure, they do the regular lawn maintenance and weed and fertilizer applications, but they also offer landscaping services like installing flower beds, patios, walkways, outdoor kitchens, and even water and fire features. Need a spring or fall cleanup? Yardcrafters is the place to call.

Yardcrafters is not your typical lawn and landscape company. What sets them apart? Robbins shared his philosophy: “I don’t judge myself against the others. I have my own standards. We’re very particular about our employees. We hire based on integrity and values and we treat our guys like family.” Robbins explained that most of his employees are young and he puts an emphasis on training. During weekly team meetings, they learn about quality standards, stay on top of new developments in the industry, and are indoctrinated into the Yardcrafters brand. “I know our employees are trained correctly and will deliver on our promises to the customer,” Robbins explained. “These guys are young, energetic, and love what they do!”

“Our company is not like other lawn care companies in Topeka,” Robbins explained. “Yes, we exist to make a profit, because that’s what a business is, but our number one core value is to deliver wow!” Part of that “wow” experience is staying on the cutting edge of the lawn care industry. Yardcrafters is very excited to be the first lawn care company to bring robotic lawnmowers to Topeka. Yes, you read that right - robotic lawnmowers.

If you hate mowing your lawn, you’re going to love this! The Husqvarna robotic lawn mower will cut your grass automatically while you do other things. The easiest way to describe it is to say it is like a Roomba for your lawn. It can be programmed to cut your lawn any time and features boundary wire to create a perimeter around the lawn. The built-in sensors and GPS-assisted navigation, allow it to mow around flower beds, trees, and it even has a dog poop sensor! “It’s absolutely amazing,” Robbins said. “We just got certified last October. There was a lot of training involved and we are excited to roll it out for the spring season.” Yardcrafters is the exclusive dealer and a one-stop shop in Topeka for installation, sales, and service of the Husqvarna robotic mower.

One of the best features of this driverless mower is that it can be controlled from your smartphone. You can set up a specific mowing schedule to ensure your lawn looks perfect all the time without any extra effort on your part. Robotic mowers are great for commercial (think HOAs, cemeteries, retirement homes, sports facilities, etc.) and residential use. With the ability to handle larger lawns, uneven terrain, and narrow passages, robotic mowers are the perfect option to maintain a meticulous lawn with ease.

The robotic mower is electric and relies on battery power to operate. So not only is it very quiet, it’s more environmentally friendly than gas-powered mowers. When it comes to power supply, the mower makes use of a charging station and can return to the station on its own when its battery is running low. It even features a rain sensor that automatically postpones mowing during wet conditions. “They’ve thought of everything,” Robbins said. “It’s an extremely impressive machine.”

“Yardcrafters exists to provide services to enrich our customer’s lives,” Robbins said. “Life is short and our goal is to create amazing spaces where people can relax and unwind. We want to give people back leisure time and this mower does exactly that.”

“I love what I do, and I love making people’s lives easier,” Robbins shared. “This company is more like a family than a business. I think that’s rare these days and I feel very lucky to be able to run a business like this.” To learn more about Yardcrafters or the Husqvarna robotic lawn mower, visit yardcraftersks.com.

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“Yardcrafters exists to provide services to enrich our customers’ lives.”