Innovations in garden design and technology
The garden is not traditionally a space associated with hi-tech gadgets, with most homeowners relying on green fingers and a trusty old mower, however times are changing and gadgets are now being created specifically with the tech mad in mind.
We’ve taken a look at the 10 most popular gadgets available on the market for gizmo loving gardeners.
- Garden Answers
Garden Answers is a smartphone app that puts the green-fingered knowledge directly in your hands. It has the capacity to identify over 20,000 plants and provide expert details relating to their care and maintenance. All you need to do is take a photo and share it on the app.
- Weather stations
The Netatmo Weather Station is ideal for gardeners who like to keep tight control of all variables. Two simple chrome cylinder sensors relay information on everything from temperature and humidity to barometric pressure and CO2 levels to your smart phone.
- Electronic defence mechanisms
Not as scary as they sound, electronic defence mechanisms can be a great way to protect your treasured garden from hungry wildlife. Take the electronic owl, for example, which will hoot and swivel its head to scare off unwelcome visitors at any time of the day or night.
- Garden Cam
If you’re a keen photographer, or simply want to find out what’s stopping your plants from thriving, invest in Brinno GardenWatchCam. This intelligent piece of kit uses time-lapse technology to take fascinating photographs at intervals decided by you – from every minute to every 24 hours.
- Plant sensors
Products like the Koubachi Plant Sensor are designed to provide gardeners with detailed information to help them give plants the optimum care. The devices are simply placed alongside plants and they will measure and process information on soil moisture, sunlight, temperature and other factors.
- Online design platforms
Tools like our Garden Visualiser allow you to try completely new looks for your garden before committing to them. You can change the structure of your garden or add new dividing walls, fences and planting areas and see the end result – without even lifting a spade.
- Robotic mowers
It’s the chore that’s never done – mowing the lawn. It can feel as though you’re always pulling the bulky lawnmower from the shed, particularly in the summer months. However, today there are a host of excellent robotic mowers on the market that will get the job done in a flash while you relax in the sunshine.
- Multi-use power tools
An investment in the latest multi-use, lightweight garden power tools can mean a big saving in time and effort. Bosch’s Isio shrub and grass shears are easy to use, cordless and have a handy, long-lasting battery. Best of all, they’re extremely versatile.
- Garden Compass
As an app that’s quickly growing in popularity, Garden Compass was created by people who love outdoor spaces. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional in the garden, you’ll find plenty of useful tips and advice as well as personal feedback on this great tool.
- Water sprinkler apps
For lawn obsessives, Sprinkler Times is a must. This app allows you to control with pinpoint accuracy which portions of your garden receive what quantity of water and exactly when they take full advantage of it.
Whether you go all out and make your garden a technology-packed oasis, or you simply select the items that best correspond to your gardening style, there’s no doubt that a little modern gadgetry can make a good garden a great garden.