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Are robots the future?

January 7, 2013 -  By

In the nursery market, new robot technology is solving some labor woes. Could a similar solution be the future in the landscape market?

As Marketplace reported last month, Harvest Automation sells small, battery-powered robots that move potted trees and shrubs around in a plant nursery. This work is typically done by migrant workers. Considering the industry’s guest worker program challenges, you can’t blame nursery owners for taking their chances with robots.

The manufacturer says the next step is to make robots that can prune and fertilize plants. Perhaps these robots can someday staff landscape company’s supply yards? Although not in wide commercial use, robotic mowers are on the market. What else could the future hold?

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