Posted on 6th June 2016 by Alex Heys
With spring in full swing, summer just around the corner and the Chelsea Flower Show just passed, gardening season has well and truly started.
In order to have a lovely looking garden throughout summer, you need to be fairly organised and willing to spend a chunk of your free time in maintaining it. For those who would rather spend their time off in a chair admiring their garden than working in it, here are some of the latest innovations that will help to get your garden looking its best, without too much hard work.
If you’re lucky enough to have a lawn, but hate cutting it, you should definitely invest in a robotic lawn mower! Gone are the days of an aching back as these mowers automatically keep your lawn looking spic and span, before parking themselves away in a designated area. They operate autonomously, but can be controlled or activated through a smart phone. Be warned, they do come with a rather hefty price tag, so if you really hate mowing the lawn, you might want to consider cancelling your summer holiday to foot the bill.
Recommended by Alan Titchmarsh himself, Robomow has a large selection of mowers
In this country, we’re used to getting lot of rain over the summer, so watering plants isn’t as much of a concern for us as it is for other parts of the world. However, if you happen to live in a micro climate, or we have a rare dry summer, you might be interested in Droplets Robotic Sprinkler. Droplet is a smart sprinkler system that combines the latest technology in robotics, cloud computing and connected services. It claims to keep your plants healthy without wasting water by drawing upon a vast system of data to intelligently determine how best to care for your plants.
Available to buy on Amazon
If you’re new to gardening, or you’ve recently moved into a new property, the Garden Plan Pro iPad app is for you. It’s main purpose is to help you design your garden through its handy drawing tool that has an extensive database of plants, herbs, fruit and veg, and helps you plan the perfect garden layout and track progress. It then sends you email reminders twice a month telling you what needs to be done, and how, based on your individual plans. On top of this, the app takes data from more than 6,500 weather stations in 20 countries in order to adapt to your climate and give recommended planting and harvesting dates for your area.
The app is free to download from the App Store
If you’re terrible at remembering to water your potted plants both inside and outside, Parrot Flower Powers wireless plant monitor is here to help. This handy gadget simply goes into one of your plant pots and lets you know when they need attention. As well as water, the device also monitors and alerts you to the levels of sunlight, temperature and fertiliser so you have no excuses for unhealthy plants!
Buy at the online Parrot Store for £35.50