Who said that gardening is a time-consuming task? With recent technological advancements, the possibilities are endless.
We’ve seen how smart homes are making people’s life more comfortable, but have you heard of smart gardens?
Horticulture has gone high-tech, and tech-savvy homemakers are going crazy over it. Some may argue that gardening needs a human touch, but sometimes all you need is technological ingenuity and creativeness.
We’ve listed some of the best high-tech tools you can use when planning for your garden.
#1 Laser Level
Professional landscape artists often use this high-tech device, but casual users may also find satisfaction in using it. The best way to create an aesthetically pleasing garden is by using a laser level as it lets you see which spot to put the right plants in.
If you see that the measurements are varying even by a fraction of an inch, you need to add more soil to level the ground. A level-working area makes it easier for you to plan your landscaping.
Laser levels can also have the following uses:
- Set up straight line perimeters – You can quickly check the level of the bricks or stones you used as a separator.
- Helps you create professional looking bushes – Having this device in your arsenal can cut your bush trimming and shaping time in half and make them look professionally done.
#2 Smart Plant App
Have you ever encountered a flower so beautiful that you’d want to plant it in your garden? However, you’re faced with a difficult problem – you don’t know what it’s called.
Smart Plant App connects you to some of the world’s leading horticultural experts who can identify the plant for you and provide you with extra information.
This smartphone application is geo-mapped which means it can identify your location, along with your climate and soil type.
These pieces of information can help experts provide you with more personalized care tips for your garden. The app also lets you ask questions and get personalized answers from experts themselves.
Smart Plant is a free-to-download mobile application, and premium membership starts for a small fee per month.
#3 Plant Monitors
They say that talking to your plants will stimulate growth, but what if you don’t have time to talk to a hundred plants?
Plant monitors can help you understand the plants on a more personal level even on a bigger scale. This monitor takes into account the following:
- Temperature levels
- Moisture levels
- Light levels
- Fertilizer levels
It’s a great device to have especially if you’re managing a farm. The information gathered by the plant monitor is pushed towards the mobile application that comes along with it. You can now monitor your plant anywhere in the world!
Here are some other benefits of having a plant monitor:
- Helps you plan for optimal plant growth
- Reduce water and energy consumption
- Environmental friendly
- Lets you monitor your plant in real-time
- Alerts you during extreme weather conditions
Whether you’re tending a huge garden or just a number of potted plants, a plant monitor can help you better understand how to keep your green friends alive. It’s a high-tech gardening device that’s helpful for experts and beginners.
#4 Electric Lawn Mowers
Petrol lawn mowers are the thing of the past. They’re not only heavy they can also be too difficult to maintain because they have a lot of moving parts.
An electric lawn mower is battery operated and perfect for any type of garden. Some electric lawn mowers also have an eco-mode that can adapt to the condition of the grass making it more efficient.
Here are other benefits of having an electric lawn mower:
- Less noise – Unlike traditional lawn mowers, this device can work silently during operation. You don’t have to worry about waking up your neighbours while mowing the lawn on an early Sunday morning.
- No gas and no oil needed – There’s no need to buy petrol for the lawnmower or even think about lubricating and servicing the motor. Electric lawn mowers will still require some lubrication, but it’s a different kind and are way easier to use.
- Environmental friendly – If you’re conscious about saving the environment and going green, then you should definitely replace your old mower with an electric one.
- Lower cost – having an electric lawn mower lowers cost of maintenance and use. Imagine having to spend only a few pounds over a year as compared to paying £1.20 or more for a litre of petrol.
It should also be noted that you can now get pretty advanced robotic lawn mowers that will mow the grass for you at whatever time you like without you being there…The Flymo 1200R is one such mower that we reviewed recently.
#5 Smart Sprinkler System
Most homes may already have an automated sprinkler system in place, but that’s most probably based on old technology. A smart sprinkler system monitors moisture level and water levels so that it provides the right amount of water needed by your plants.
According to manufacturers, you can save up to 70% on your water consumption when you use a smart sprinkler system.
These will usually come with an app that you can use to monitor your plants and make a watering schedule. Other features of it are the following:
- Intuitive control over water scheduling, calendar, and turns your sprinklers on and off even when you’re away.
- Automatically turns off when they sense rain or a change in weather.
- Voice control features for some models which you can connect to Alexa or Google Home.
Make your home smarter not just on the inside, but also on the outside. Most gardening work starts early in the morning and ends in the late afternoon.
While the satisfaction you get after doing the nitty-gritty work of tending your garden is incomparable, wouldn’t it also be nice to cut that time in half? Try out one of these innovative gardening devices and make your gardens smarter.