6 Smart Devices for Your Garden
In recent years, smart home hubs such as Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home Hub have taken the world by storm.
Having the ability to control a whole host of devices throughout your home using just your voice alone is quickly transforming the way we live.
As keen gardeners, we’re pleased to see an increasingly wide range of smart devices designed specifically for our gardens.
We firmly believe that smart devices that take care of our gardens automatically will become more and more commonplace in the years ahead. Whether you see that as a good or a bad thing, one thing’s for sure: smart devices are here to stay.
Today, we’re looking at some of our favourite smart devices for the garden. Many of these devices will help you to become a better gardener, improve the aesthetics of your garden and even reduce the amount of maintenance your garden needs.
Here are the smart devices that we think all of our gardens can benefit from.
Smart Garden Lighting
There is a huge array of smart garden lighting now available in the marketplace.
These lights can be programmed to automatically turn themselves on and off at certain times of the day, display over 16 million different colours to enhance the beauty of your garden and create any ambience you can imagine.
The Philips Hue lights can also be synced with your smart home hub to enable voice activation, allowing you to control your lights without having to lift a finger.
If you enjoy spending your summer evenings out in the garden, then getting your hands on some smart lights is a must.
We understand that for the vast majority of the population, mowing the lawn is a real chore.
Unfortunately, though, failing to mow your lawn, particularly during springtime, will mean that your grass can very quickly get out of control and become too long for your mower to cope with. That means you have to undertake the even more time-consuming task of taking the strimmer to your grass.
Well, with a robotic lawnmower, you’ll never need to worry about finding the time to mow the lawn again.
There’s a wide range of robotic lawnmowers available in the marketplace that will automatically cut your grass without you having to lift a finger. We highly recommend the Flymo 1200, which you can buy on Amazon.
Simply position your boundary wire, to limit the area covered by the mower, place your robotic lawnmower in a convenient starting location in your garden and let this clever little device do the rest, as it systematically mows your lawn to keep it looking pristine. It will even return to its charging station when it starts to get low on battery power.
Although robotic mowers can be quite pricey, and you won’t get perfectly manicured stripes, either, we think that these smart devices are well worth considering if you hate mowing your lawn.
During the summer, our lawns often need lots of water in order to stand a chance of remaining green.
For those with busy lifestyles, remembering to switch the sprinklers on and off each day can be a task that they could do without.
It’s also important to make sure that you don’t water your lawn during the middle of the day as the sun’s rays can scorch the turf; that means that the best time to water your lawn is after dark.
Wouldn’t it be great if your sprinklers could turn themselves on and off automatically during the night? Without you having to lift a finger? Well, by purchasing one of the many smart sprinkler systems available, you can set your sprinklers to water your lawn whenever you like and have full control using your smart home hub or mobile device.
Smart Irrigation System
It’s not just your lawn that can benefit from automatic watering – your plants can, too.
Just like smart sprinklers, there are also smart irrigation systems that can be set up to automatically water your plants.
This is ideal for those who struggle to find the time to water their plants and it’s especially useful for those who worry about whether their plants are receiving enough water whilst they are away from home.
With a smart irrigation system, you need worry no more. Depending on how much you need watering, there can be a fair amount of work involved in setting up an irrigation system but, once it’s done, you’ll never need to worry about watering your plants again, as your smart irrigation system will take care of it for you.
Installing a smart weather station in your garden can help you to learn more about your garden and the weather it is subjected to.
This knowledge can be used to ensure that you position your plants and shrubs in those areas of your garden in which they will thrive.
You can also set your weather station to send alerts to your mobile or home hub device to inform you when it rains and let you know when your plants need watering.
The Netatmo Weather Station and its accompanying accessories is a great way to track the weather conditions in your garden. When paired with an Amazon Alexa, you can quickly access the data your weather station is collecting by simply asking your Alexa hub.
OK, whilst this isn’t technically a ‘smart device’, we think that installing artificial grass is actually a pretty smart thing to do.
It firmly belongs on this list because, like all of these devices, artificial grass will make your life far easier.
Compared with the real thing, artificial turf requires very little maintenance, giving you more free time to spend doing the things you really want to be doing, rather than mowing the lawn.
Installing fake grass will also drastically improve the aesthetics of your garden. Its lush green appearance will look stunning all year round so you can say goodbye to dry brown grass during the summer months and a boggy lawn during winter.
With synthetic grass, there’s no mud and no mess, either, meaning that it’s great for dogs and children alike as they can happily play on the turf all year round without getting caked in mud that then gets trodden back into your home.
We admit that fake turf isn’t actually a smart device, but it will drastically improve your life. If you feel inspired to find out more about artificial turf, why not request your free sample pack or find your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer for your free site visit and installation quote.
Like it or not, smart devices are here to stay, and they are only going to become more commonplace, so why not take advantage of the wide range of smart devices that will help to make your garden a better place?
There are already plenty of smart devices to choose from and we expect this number will only increase in the coming years.
Whether you want to save time, reduce maintenance or care better for your plants and shrubs, there’s something for everyone.
How do you feel about the rise of smart devices? Do you own an Alexa or Google Home Hub? Do you have any favourite smart devices that have helped you manage your garden? If so, what are they? Leave us a comment and join in the discussion.