How to Create Your Own Smart Garden

How to Create Your Own Smart Garden

The following is a contribution from another author.

Smart homes are gaining popularity and there are new products coming out all of the time that can make our lives easier in so many different ways. You can use them to manage all of your entertainment systems, control things remotely when you’re out of the house, make your property more secure, and even save yourself money by making your home more energy efficient. But why stop there? Once you’ve fitted your house out with all of the smart gadgets you can find, you should head out into the garden and start using technology to help you out there as well.

Looking after the garden is a joy for some people. If you love gardening, you’ve got no problem spending hours out there at the weekend watering all of the plants, mowing the lawn, and pulling out weeds. But if you don’t enjoy gardening, that’s a massive chore. The good news is, smart home technology can do it all for you so you can have a great garden without all of the work. You’ll have to use a landscaping service to sort the garden out in the first place because the tech isn’t that good yet. But once it’s in a good state, you can use smart products to look after it for you. Here’s everything you need to know about creating your own smart garden.


Watering is one of the biggest garden tasks, and if you get it wrong, your garden is either going to die if you don’t water enough, or the roots can rot if you over water it. If you try to run a low-maintenance garden, you might have sprinkler systems installed already. But smart tech can make things even easier for you. Greenbox is a great sprinkler system that will automatically water your garden when it needs it. You can set a schedule so it’ll automatically come on when you tell it to, but there’s no need to even do that. If you connect it to the internet, it’ll pull weather forecasts and decide for itself when the plants need watering and when they don’t. You’ll never even have to think about it again and your plants and lawn will get the perfect amount of water every time.

Choosing Plants

Unless you’re a gardening expert, you probably don’t know what to plant and where. But if you put plants in soil that isn’t suitable, they’re not going to stay alive. Luckily, you don’t have to spend hours researching soil types and plants. Edyn is a great product that does it all for you. You just stick it in the ground and it’ll work out what the soil type is, take readings of the amount of light that the area gets and look at weather reports. Then it comes back and gives you a list of all of the best plants that will grow in the area. Once you’ve planted everything, it can operate your sprinklers in the same way as Greenbox and give you constant updates of information straight to your phone and tablet. To top it all off, it’s solar powered so you don’t need to worry about charging or batteries, etc.

Mowing The Lawn

Mowing the lawn is, without doubt, the worst garden job there is. Pulling a heavy lawnmower around the garden, trying to avoid cutting through the cable, is probably the worst way to spend an afternoon. So, don’t bother with it anymore. Just get yourself a Worx Robot Lawnmower. It’s basically the same as a robot vacuum cleaner but it cuts the lawn instead. There’s no need to worry about the quality of the job because it’ll probably be better than when you do it yourself. The Worx is programmed with artificial intelligence which actually learns each time it cuts your lawn. It might not be perfect the first couple of times but after that, it’ll know the shape of your garden and cut it perfectly every time. They’re still releasing regular firmware updates for it as well so it’ll continue to improve in the future. There’s even a specific setting if you don’t want any cutting marks on your lawn, so you can get an immaculate cut every single time without putting in any effort whatsoever.

If you combine all of these pieces of smart garden tech, all you need to do is plant a few things based on the recommendations that the Edyn gives you. The rest will be handled automatically once everything is set up and you’ll have a perfect garden with zero effort.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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