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How does your garden grow? Do you have a lot of weeds in your front yard? I get it. Yards and all the plants in them need a lot of care, and if you happen to have family members and pets to take care of, your garden can fall to the bottom of your list. If you've ever wished there was something that could keep up with the yard work for you, you're not alone. In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I've dug up a crop of the best digital — and a few purely natural — ways to make your yard work for you.
This smart device controls your entire in-ground sprinkler system via the Rachio app. When you're on vacation and a storm or a heat wave hits back home, you can still take command of the watering from wherever you are.
Do you want to grow your groceries? Enter your ZIP code, and this app will tell you exactly what to plant and when. Now, you'll know when to uproot those tomatoes and start planting potatoes.
Talking to plants helps them grow, right? So why not tweet with yours? Attach this digital leaf to a tree or outdoor plant, then follow its status updates to know when it needs water or any other attention.
For starters, you can program your watering with up to three hoses, thanks to
Is that pretty tree a dogwood, a white birch or another variety? With Leafsnap, you simply take a photograph of a leaf against a white background (a sheet of paper), and this electronic field guide will help you identify it. It's Northeast-centric right now, but will be expand across the nation soon.
Organic Gardening Magazine
If heirloom pink tomatoes, purple cauliflower and jade-green kale sound like your kind of rainbow, you'll like this photo-rich iPad app. It brings the paper magazine to life with how-to videos and recipes for all the environmentally friendly and natural goodies in your garden.
Wish you could see how your home would look with professional landscaping? With the iScape app, you can create a digital model of your home's front yard. Feature your favorite plants, so you can see the design before digging at all.
You might love two flowers side by side, but they might not love to grow that way. Build a garden that works with your sunlight, climate zone and even height preferences with the Perennial Match app. Just plug in your requirements, and you'll find plants that thrive together.
Garden Compass Plant and Disease Identifier
Why are your jade plant's leaves curling? What are those white things all over your mint? Snap a photo and send it to the experts with this app, and you'll get a diagnosis and suggestions to cure the problem. You can also ask the experts to identify any plant you don't recognize.
Garden Plan Pro
Your area might seem ideal for growing cucumbers, but the weather might say otherwise. This smart app uses data from 6,500 weather stations to recommend the best seasons to grow. Input the plants you pick, and you’ll receive reminders of when to plant them.
Keep track of when you plant, water and fertilize each plant in your garden with this simple app, made especially to help keep gardeners organized and to show exactly how your garden grows.
If you just want some plants that promise to stay alive in spite of your gardening skills or lack thereof, we have picked apps that help you choose the right plants for your climate.