Stress-Free Lawn Care

With our busy schedules, lawn care often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. Give your landscape a professional treatment with our favorite gadgets and apps that make yard work easy and efficient.

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These smart lawn-care products and apps will turn thumbs and gardens green.

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.

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GreenPal

If you want neatly trimmed grass, but don't have the time, download a picture of your lawn with GreenPal app, and it will recommend professionals in your area and their prices.

Parrot Flower Power

Plant a Parrot Flower Power device next to your perennials and indoor plants, and you'll get alerts on your smartphone when it needs more sun, water or food.

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Rachio

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.

SproutRobot

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.

Weather.com

Subscribe to custom weather alerts, and this site will text you when there's a cold snap or heat wave on its way — giving you a heads-up so you can protect your yard.

Botanicalls

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.

Lawn Aerating Sandals

A cross between cleats and snow shoes, these lawn sandals won't only aerate your lawn, but will guarantee a good workout. Photo courtesy of Clean Air Gardening

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Garden Groom

Hedge clippers are a hassle. This friendlier clipper has concealed blades and a connected bag that collects the clippings as you work. Photo courtesy of Garden Groom

For starters, you can program your watering with up to three hoses, thanks to one easy gadget. And for your potted plants, there's a gizmo that will analyze the soil and your specific plant's needs and text you when they need something.

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IntoGardens

English garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair offers witty articles with inspiring photos and videos in this app. If you like taking photos of your favorite blooms, Alexander-Sinclair's related Gardens app lets you save and caption your flower finds.

Leafsnap

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.

iScape

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.

Perennial Match

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.

Life Diary

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.

Gardening Mama

This smart phone game allows you to plant and harvest seeds, squash plant viruses and make pretty water rainbows with the sprinkler.

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.

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