The traditional thought that nature and technology can’t co-exist is untrue.
There. We said it.
Smart garden tech is here. Encompassing plant sensors, weather monitors, sprinkler systems and even robot lawn mowers, the selections are so diverse and can fit a wide variety of needs.
With such diversity, it can often be difficult to know how and where to start. Once you understand your options, however, you can end your plant killing ways with push notifications, you can collect data about the health of your garden, and you can even save time (and water) with automation.
Doesn’t that sound great?
But what is a smart garden product?
Exactly as it sounds, a smart garden product is a connected device that is made for your garden. It helps you learn more about said garden, and understand how you can get a green thumb quicker.
Why You Need It
If you’re like me, you love the idea of a garden – but your skills are lacking (slightly). Smart garden products will help you get a better and greener garden.
Installation & Ease of Use
All of the items that I have included in this guide are easy to install and even easier to use.
Smart garden products range from $50 to hundreds of dollars, depending on the item.
Here’s the Best Smart Gardening Gadgets
With so many options available, we’ve put together our guide on how you can make your garden smart. Read on.
Keep your plants alive with a smart sprinkler.
Auto scheduling sprinklers or manually setting it yourself can be a challenge. After a long day, the last thing you want to remember is to water your garden.
That’s where smart products come into play. With weather reports, and sometimes data from your garden, smart water controllers can save you water by giving your garden a beverage when it needs it. After pulling the data, it automatically adjusts the schedule to stay off when it rains. Not only are water controller focused on conservation, it also saves you time and energy as you monitor and manage your outdoor space.
It’s also garden gnome approved. Check out our review of the Blossom here.
Here is another cool smart sprinkler controller
Invest in a robotic lawn mower (it’s worth it).
The benefits of robot lawnmowers are clear. You will no longer have to spend time pacing up and down your grass to keep it from overgrowing – or hours spent outdoors in monotonous circles. In fact, you can enjoy a beverage outdoors while watching your robot do its thing. Just be ready to spend a few pretty pennies for these products.
The number one thing I love about robot lawnmowers is that it gives me time back in my day. I can multi-task – cook my steak, engage in conversation and host company while the lawn mower goes.
Here are some of the coolest robotic lawn mowers on the market
Understand the health of your garden.
To understand the health of your garden, place smart products into the dirt near your plants where they gather information on the surroundings. With this information, notifications are sent to your phone, tablet, or computer. These devices are the ultimate smart plant care assistance, as they determine the vitality of your plants, and can even send notifications with precise care advice.
I don’t have the greatest green thumb on the block, so smart products certainly aid in this process. I’m sure they’ll help you, too.
Check out this other great option for monitoring the health of your garden
Know that temperature is everything (and monitor weather, while you’re at it).
My Grandparents were farmers and when we were growing up, we would always run to the barometer in the morning to find out what the temperature and weather would be that day. The need to understand your garden is much the same; knowing the outdoor temperature will give you greater insight into the overall health and projection of your plants.
Looking particularly at the SensorPush – users love the associated app, and we have to agree. It makes a huge difference in understanding how your temperature and humidity is impacting your garden.
Beware of critters and intruders.
Ever wonder why your carrots aren’t growing? Or your plants are continuously dying? As cute as little outdoor critters can be, they can also become a huge pain. That’s why we recommend setting-up a light and monitor sensor in the vicinity of your garden. Trust me – it’ll be a huge help. Look for one that has high-powered floodlights that illuminate your target area. The Ring, for example, is the world’s only motion-activated HD security camera with built-in floodlights, an alarm and two-way talk. Scare away the critters!
Here is another great choice for outdoor cameras
Don’t be afraid to start small.
If you’re not quite ready to go all out (or perhaps you don’t have an outdoor garden to play with), don’t be afraid to start small. Select an indoor gardening product that will take care of the plants for you, so you can grow fresh plants – like herbs – at home. It’s like gardening 2.0. It’s also the perfect product for apartment dwellers, or simply if you have a small patio.
With water usage and footprints becoming more of a focus than ever, Americans are taking steps to control H2O usage in their homes. Within the home, low-flow toilets and shower heads are a start, but technology is taking water usage and conservation to new levels, especially outdoors.
From smart sprinklers – like the Blossom 12 – to robotic lawn mowers – like the LawnBott – smart products made specifically for the outdoors are becoming increasingly available to consumers. And we love what we see. Not only will this trend play a role in your technology habits (for the better), these products will also help you get outdoors and get that green thumb going again.
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