Sun, rain, more sun, more rain can only mean one thing - the grass needs cutting more often.

Luckily we live in a technological world where there are robots that can do this stuff for us.

The Automower from Husqvarna is, according to its makers, the ideal gadget for the idle or busy gardener as it cuts the grass automatically.

It works within a perimeter wire staked out around the edge of the lawn, marking off trees, flower beds, etc.

This means that you need never worry about the Automower being out of bounds, getting stuck in shrubbery, or falling in the pond!

The Automower only needs to be set up once at the beginning of the season and then you can let it run independently through to autumn. It will even find its way back to the docking station to recharge its batteries when it senses they are running low.

Features include the capability of working in the rain and wind, as well as the ability to spread the grass clippings which helps to fertlise the lawn.

Working in bursts of 60 minutes it also has a timer function so you can have your grass mowed at a certain time and those worried about it being stolen can turn on the security pin system.

The Automower is available from Homebase and specialist dealers and will cost £1500.