If you’re a gardener, you’re probably regularly looking for more efficient ways to take care of your plants and flowers. Soil, sunlight, water, pests, fertilizer, and other factors all need to be taken into account to keep your garden healthy and abundant. However, many gardeners know that it is easier said than done to keep all of your plants alive and well. At long last, technology has come along to change all of this. Read on to learn about some of the ten coolest gardening gadgets that you’ve probably never heard of, but now won’t be able to live without.
Here’s a cheap little app that can make your gardening easier and more productive. This Fertilizer Calculator app (compatible with iOS), helps you know exactly how much soil you need for your garden and can target possible risks to your soil and plants. You can even use the app to diagnose problems such as yellow leaves, and the app will suggest with minerals and nutrients are needed to reverse the damage.
Parrot Flower Power
A slightly more expensive app (mostly because of the sensor that must be bought), Parrot Flower Power works by receiving signals from the sensor that you place in your plants. This sensor can identify soil, sunlight, moisture, and temperature in your plant and alert you of any issues via your smartphone or tablet. You can even program Parrot Flower Power to tailor its diagnosis to your specific plants.
The RainCommander device pairs with your smartphone and/or tablet to give you control of your water system at your fingertips. You can set up your watering schedules and adjust them as needed (or cancel them if an unexpected downpour just watered your plants the natural way).
This app is compatible with virtually every smartphone and is able to pinpoint the position of the sun to your earthly location. It can be used to find out how much sun certain parts of your yard will get during each time of year, and thus plant your garden accordingly. This app can also be useful if you’re thinking about installing solar in your home as it will show you where the solar panels would be the most effective.
This handy little app sends you a friendly reminder when you need to water your plants. It can keep track of the water needs of a variety of plants, and will remind you when certain ones need some attention. Set up your watering schedule for each of your plants, and Waterbot will keep you on track.
This resource provides real-time access to geographic-specific soil information. It provides an interactive map which allows you to identify where you and your garden reside in context of the soil profile and treat your soil as needed.
This is especially a great tool if you live in an area that is short on water these days. This handy little app checks the weather and automatically adjusts your watering schedule as needed. You can customize the app to identify your particular location and even upload pictures of your exact landscape.
This is a fantastic application that helps you conserve water and save money on your water bill. This game encourages water conservation and smart watering practices by giving you tips and “rewards” for being water smart.
This app utilizes an interactive map and 3D compass and will show you the sun and moon positions for your location throughout the year. Not only is the Sun Surveyor useful for planning your garden, but it can also give you a heads up for any potential threats to your outdoor activities.
Water Use Calculator
Another great app to help you use water smartly, this app was created by the National Ground Water Association. It can easily calculate how much water you use on a regular basis when watering your plants, showering, doing laundry, and more. Knowledge is power, and being aware of how much water you actually use can open to your eyes to the ways in which you can cut back and use your water smarter.
These handy gadgets and apps not only make gardening easier and more efficient, but they’re also just fun. Many of them are cheap (some of the apps are even free) and easy to use. Check them out and you’ll have more fun gardening and wind up with a healthier, more vibrant garden.
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