Smart Gardening: Grow Bigger Yields with Less Time & Money

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Smart home technology makes every homeowner’s day-to-day routine more convenient. Everyday tasks are becoming easier, giving you more time and energy to fulfill professional duties or do something you’ve always wanted to.

Now, smart home tools and devices have expanded onto the backyard, letting you maximize your outdoor space. There are smart technologies dedicated to gardening, perfect for those who want to grow plants but haven’t been blessed with a green thumb. Some commercial landscaping services also offer smart solutions, such as advanced irrigation systems.

If you’re looking to upgrade your landscape, below are some smart tools and devices that’ll make gardening more manageable and more productive.

Plant monitors

A variety of garden sensors are available, equipped with varying features fit for beginning to amateur gardeners. Most plant sensors are simply inserted into the soil. They’ll monitor the environmental conditions of your garden, like the amount of sunlight your plants receive, the amount of moisture in the ground, and other parameters.

The plant monitor will then send you updates on your smartphone through an app. Some models offer customized advice on which plant will grow best in certain conditions, when you should prune or harvest, and how to care for different kinds of plants. This information will help you develop a more productive garden.

Smart sprinklers

Smart sprinklers can set watering schedules to make sure you don’t forget. On top of that, the sprinklers can measure the amount of moisture in the soil, determining whether your plants need more or less water. If your plants are thirsty, the sprinklers will automatically turn on. They’ll turn off instantly once the soil is adequately hydrated.

Smart sprinklers also automatically adjust to weather conditions. They won’t turn on if the soil is still wet from the rain. Similarly, the sprinklers will make another watering session during a hot day if the plants are dehydrated.

Smart pots

Smart pots have varying functionalities, depending on the type of plant you plan to grow. But their general purpose is to make your plant self-preserving, reducing the amount of effort you have to put in.

Most smart pots have sensors to tend to the plant. They are self-watering, preventing overhydration or dehydration for delicate indoor plants. Some models can measure temperature, sunlight, moisture, and fertilizer levels then send the information to your phone. That means you can check how your plant is doing even when you’re away.

Smart gardening apps

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Smart gardening apps give you full control of your garden via your smartphone. You can connect some of your other smart gardening tools, like sprinklers and lights so that you can manage them remotely.

The app lets you create watering cycles based on weather forecasts and the type of plants you have, helping you cut down on water consumption. Smart apps provide updates regarding your plant’s health as well as other factors concerning your garden, like water savings.

Some of these products are on the pricey side. Weigh your priorities as well as your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to gardening. If you think you have trouble keeping with water schedules, perhaps a smart sprinkler system will benefit you most. Research on different products and brands first to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.