No gardener wants weeds growing amidst their vegetables and flowering plants in their yard. Weeds are unwanted plants that grow vigorously and take up nutrients from the soil which stunts the growth of your plants. Weeds also harbor insects, shade/crowd your vegetable beds and prevent your plants from growing and thriving. To tackle them effectively without using chemicals and toxic pesticides you can use Tertill – a robot that relentlessly patrols your yard and removes the weeds. Created by roboticist Joe Jones – inventor of the Roomba – Franklin Robotics’ Tertill is a robot that is designed to live in your garden and take care of all your weeding needs. Persistence pays off and you need to keep on top of the weeds in your garden and Tertill does an amazing job in keeping your garden beautiful and weed free. In this video we will give you an overview of Tertill, the weeding robot.
The product came neatly packaged in a compact box. It came with an instruction manual, several plant guides/collars, row guides/barriers, a wrench, five spare whackers, and Tertill, the wonder weeding robot. There is a whacker underneath the robot that removes the weeds as they emerge from the soil along with its wheels that constantly tills the area to get rid of deep-rooted weeds effectively. Tertill has a solar panel on the top which helps with self-charging the unit when its patrolling outdoors removing weeds.
When you first receive the tertill, you need to charge the device for at least few hours preferably overnight as the factory charged unit may not come with enough charge to last long. You can optionally choose to charge the tertill by leaving it outdoors in the sun as it has solar panels or charge using electric power. There is a USB port underneath the device, and you can use micro USB to charge your device and connect it to any power supply to charge your device. Ensure you put the waterproof cap on after charging, to prevent moisture from getting into the device.
We had a small area in our raised bed that had few weeds growing and we decided to test the Tertill out. The kit comes with plenty of row guides which can be used to mark the entire area that you want the tertill to patrol. The tertill does a great job of staying inside the marked area and does not wander off. You need to make sure that you sink the markers into the soil so there isn’t enough gap between the ground and the bottom part of the row guide/collar, otherwise the tertill may slide through the opening and wander off. The kit also comes with plenty of plant collars/guides that you can use around small plants that you don’t want the Tertill to remove. We noticed that you need to let the tertill patrol the affected area for 1 day to see progress, it takes a long time for Tertill to efficiently scan the entire area and remove all the weeds. Some pros and cons that we noticed were,
- Tertill did a great job of staying on course and within the boundary markers.
- Self-charging capability using solar panels makes it a great weeding tool.
- Tertill had no problems navigating over mulch.
- Regular patrolling/weeding keeps your garden looking beautiful and weed free.
- Worked like a wonder when placed inside containers to control weeds.
- Tertill sensors do not detect non-conductive materials like plastic, French drain caps.
- Tertill does not recognize taller weeds. The idea behind using Tertill is to let the device patrol your yard constantly so it can remove the weeds as soon as they emerge from the soil.
- Tertill does not sense cliffs and needs a relatively level ground to safely patrol and remove weeds.
- Takes a long time for full weed removal.
Overall the Tertill did a great job keeping our yard weed free. If you are looking for a solution to take care of your weeding needs in your garden without breaking into a sweat and using harmful pesticides, look no further and give Tertill a try.
Watch our video “Tertill Weeding Robot – Keep Garden Weeds in check with Tertill – From the Creator of Roomba” for the full product overview.