I get it. Most of us garden because overall, we're pretty frugal. But I confess there are times when I like a good splurge. Some fun garden accessory or tech toy that ignites my passion for this hobby. So today here are a few modest suggestions of what you can buy for your garden buck. And if that money tree actually starts to flourish, the very first thing I'd buy from this list is the automated lawnmower. How about you?
These cool terracotta pots are really simple to use and help take care of irrigation. Just fill the pot every few days and watch as your garden flourishes! If you have not heard of olla before, it’s an ancient practice for irrigating plants. Because of the way the pots are created, water contained within the pots will only move out into the soil when there isn’t enough moisture available for plants. It’s a great way to save on watering and helps keep your garden healthy.
Into indoor gardening? Check out the parrot pot. This smart-pot can monitor your plant’s well-being and give you updates straight to your phone! If you are one of those forgetful types, then worry no more. This little gadget will automatically water your plant for you. Just fill the container with water and rest easy knowing your little helper is on duty.
If you want to really keep track of the condition of your garden, then the Edyn gardening system provides a powerful solution. The system keeps track of light, moisture, soil nutrition and more. All of this is sent to your phone so that you have real-time knowledge of what’s going on. The app will even provide suggestions to help you with maintaining your garden’s health. If you are a newbie, this can help take some of the guesswork out of gardening.
You can place this stealthy camera anywhere in your garden to finally figure out what’s eating all of your plants. Or, just take some cool time-lapse imagery. Whatever the case may be, you will find some interesting stuff goes on when you’re not around. You won’t find the squirrels having a party, but you may come to realize that your garden can be quite the wildlife reserve. Videos taken with similar cameras have shown everything from mice and rabbits to deer and coyotes wandering around people’s backyards at night.
Rentokil Wildlife Deterrent
This device uses sound to keep wildlife away from your garden. Although it is advertised as a fox and cat deterrent, it works well against squirrels and other small animals. It’s a water-proof piece of tech that works well in any condition. Note though that its range is 10 meters. If you are planning on using this on a bigger garden, then you may be out of luck.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t want to push around a giant metal box in sweltering heat. This is where the Landroid comes in. Automated lawnmowers have been around for a few years now, and they are just getting better and better. Not only can these robots mow your lawn, but they can also park themselves. Don’t like noise? The Landroid makes almost no noise due to its electric motors. Also, the name just sounds awesome. Oh, don’t mind that, it’s just my land droid patrolling the backyard.
Does the bottom of your pond look like a nuclear dumping ground? If so, you may be interested in this convenient tool. The best part of the muck-vac isn’t that it can remove the sludge from the bottom of your pond, but it does so with no moving parts. This means that you won’t have to worry about stirring up giant clouds of water that will just end up scattering all the debris. It easily connects to your existing water hose for quick vacuuming from anywhere in your backyard!
Diahann Young is the Director of Digital Platforms and Innovation at Pulte Homes Austin, one of the largest home builders in Texas and the United States. She specializes in discovering innovative ways of developing products for home building. Her role with Pulte has strengthened her passion for homes, design and all things real estate.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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