The Lazy Cheapskate's Automated Lawnmower

If you've got a self-propelled lawnmower, a stake and some rope then there's no reason to waste your day sweating. Just use setup like this and your lawnmower will be on autopilot.

Then again, your mileage may vary and you could very well damage something with a runaway lawnmower if things go wrong, so perhaps this isn't the best of ideas. [YouTubeThanks, Jess!]