It’s no secret that gardening is a great way to relax and unwind. In fact, many people have taken up gardening as a new hobby since the beginning of the pandemic. Of course, gardening can sometimes be intimidating, especially when you’re a novice gardener.
The good news is that there are a few apps you can use to help make your gardening experience a little easier and a lot less daunting. Here are some apps you can use, whether you’re new or an experienced gardener, to help keep your plants happy and healthy.
One of the trickier parts of gardening is identifying which plants you’re trying to keep alive. Leafsnap can help you identify plant species using just the leaves on your plant. The app was first developed by the University of Maryland, Columbia University, and the Smithsonian Institute so you can feel confident knowing the information you’re getting is legit. The app additionally contains high-resolution images of bark, seeds, fruits, flowers, and leaves to make identifying your plants that much easier.
2. Garden Plan Pro
The actual act of planning your garden can be a little challenging. Your roof represents about 40% of your home’s visual exterior and may block some of the sunlight your garden needs to grow. Garden Plan Pro helps you design the layout and plant arrangement of your garden so you don’t end up leaving some of your plants in the shade. The app also lets you track your garden’s progress while keeping your data and storage secure.
Once you know what plants are in your garden and you have a layout set up for them to grow to the best of their ability, you can use SmartPlant to keep up with your plants’ needs. SmartPlant essentially gives you a personalized care calendar dedicated to your unique garden. You can add specific plants to the app as you add them to your garden and the app will give you the info you need to keep your garden green.
4. My Soil
Sometimes it isn’t the amount of water and sunlight that’s having the greatest impact on your garden. Sometimes it’s the soil. My Soil is an app created by the British Geological Survey. It provides information about the soil in your local area including its pH, temperature, and organic matter. The more you know about the soil content in your own yard, the more you’ll be able to create an environment in which your plants can thrive. The app can also give you some insight into why your plants might not be growing. Flowers planted in soil with too high of a pH may not grow even with the right amount of water and sunlight.
Finding the right apps for your garden can be tricky, and the last thing you want is for an app you love to get deleted from the Google Play and Apple App stores. Fortunately, the apps above are secure and available on either iOS, Android, or both. Give them a try to see how you can take your garden to the next level.