The smart tech we can't wait to have in our gardens

Posted: 23rd May 2019

As we eagerly await the arrival of summer (hello, topping up the tan time), ensuring our garden is transformed into a pleasurable outdoor environment becomes a must

After all, it needs to look its best for the upcoming barbecues and summer gatherings.

However, the thought of what preparing our garden actually involves is not so enjoyable – or easy. In fact, it can become a tedious, time-consuming task, which, makes it a much less pleasant prospect.

That's where smart tech comes in - it essentially makes gardening a less stressful, more efficient task.

This prompted outdoor furniture specialists to survey 1,524 British homeowners and renters with gardens, as they aimed to find out the smart garden products which have the biggest appeal.

Interestingly, it was a 'plant sensor' that proved to be the number one attraction for Brits, with 71 per cent saying they would like one of these. This would be placed in the soil to provide data (including soil moisture, fertiliser levels and more), on plants and their surroundings. From there, you would be in a position to find out what you can do to give your plant the care it needs.

In second place came 'smart sprinklers' (66 per cent). These would use weather reports to create the optimal watering schedule for your garden, and would have the benefit of reducing unnecessary water usage, as they would know to never operate when it’s wet.

Garden Smart Sprinkler, Image Credit: Hadrion / Shutterstock

'Smart weather stations' came in third with 58 per cent of the votes - this would be stored outdoors and would provide gardeners with real-time data on a host of variables, including temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, the direction of the wind and the moisture levels of the soil – it sounds like a gardener’s best friend.

In fourth place came 'smart outdoor lights' (53 per cent) - the multiple functions here would be controlled by an app on your smartphone, and through this, the brightness, colour and on/off functions could all be controlled.

Surprisingly, a robot lawnmower only came in fifth - perhaps we enjoy mowing the lawn more than we thought. Cutting the grass without any human assistance, this would stay within a set boundary that could then be established by using wires hooked alongside the sides of the lawn.

When it came to what would be a deciding factor for Brits when considering a smart garden product, it was revealed to be:

1. The price - 32 per cent
2. Simplicity of use - 26 per cent
3. Quality of the build (is it weather durable?) - 20 per cent
4. A range of features and functions - 14 per cent
5. The level of support, post purchase (warranty, care tips etc) - 8 per cent

Lead image: Garden Smart Lawn Mower, Image Credit: Piotr Wawrzyniuk / Shutterstock