Hard work in the yard doesn’t always yield a lush and bountiful garden. Cultivating the perfect outdoor space takes a lot of time and manual labor.
It’s not a cure-all, but expanding your smart home to the outdoors can certainly help those with lackluster gardening and design skills.
With so many options on the market, it’s important to do your research. Here are six gadgets for giving your green thumb a little boost.
1 Husqvarna Automower 315X
There’s no more arguing about who is going to mow the lawn now that a robot lawn mower can do it for you. Our Editors’ Choice is the Husqvarna Automower 315X, which works with a well-designed mobile app. You can start and stop the mower, monitor its progress, create schedules, and see where it’s been on a map of your property right from your smartphone. Its user-friendly programming options, outstanding cutting performance, and quiet operation make it worth the premium price tag. Once the 315X is set up to your yard dimensions and the correct time and date, all you have to worry about on Sunday morning is reading the paper. </ziffbin>
2 Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller
The Rachio Smart Sprinkler is a sprinkler controller that connects to your phone and offers the latest weather-based scheduling technology and works with lots of other smart devices. Custom yard details combined with hyper-local weather data lets you determine how much water your yard needs and when to water depending on vegetation type and sun exposure. Plus it’s easy to install and replace the sprinkler controller. </ziffbin>
3 Edyn Garden Sensor
The Edyn Garden Sensor is a solar-powered probe that uses Wi-Fi to send your garden’s soil conditions to your smartphone, like light, humidity, temperature, soil minerals, and moisture. The accompanying app includes a database of over 5,000 plant varieties to recommend what will blossom in your particular soil and weather conditions. The sensor’s sleek design means it’s not a garden eyesore. </ziffbin>
NanoFarm is perfect for indoor, year-round gardening. Just press a few buttons—the NanoFarm is truly set it and forget it. Once the indoor device is set up, you insert plant pads designed to be easily stackable; no planting or watering needed. You’ll be growing lettuce, herbs, and even hard-to-find microgreens for a price similar to what you’d spend at the grocery store.
5 Philips Hue Outdoor
Philips Hue Outdoor is a rugged version of the company’s indoor smart lights that let you add color to an outdoor space or brighten up and secure an otherwise dark area. Philips Hue lights connect through the Philips Hue Bridge wireless hub, so you’ll need that, too. But it controls outdoor and indoor lights, so your home and garden lighting setup is at your fingertips. </ziffbin>
6 Orbit Yard Enforcer Motion Sprinkler
Do animals keep getting into your garden, eating and trampling your produce and flowers? The Orbit Yard Enforcer repels deer, dogs, and other curious animals from the garden, flower beds, and lawn by spraying them with water. The sprinkler is motion-activated via a 120-degree sensor to squirt water in a 1,600-square-foot area. It lasts for over 7,500 cycles on four AA alkaline batteries. </ziffbin>
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