If social distancing has you focusing on your property’s flora, we’re here to help with some clever gadgetry that will give you the best looking lawn and garden on the block.
Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller
Water is the source of all life, and, unsurprisingly, an integral component in keeping your lawn and gardens at their most lovely and lush, but when to water and how much? Leave the aquatic queries to the automated experts at Rachio. The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, which works for eight or 16 zone sprinkler systems, gives users complete, smart device-based control over their watering network, allowing them to call for water on demand or schedule regular sprinklings. Or better yet-let Rachio handle it all.
With its Weather Intelligence Plus system, Rachio can accurately read changes in weather patterns and automatically adjust when, and how much, it will water, saving homeowners expenses and removing the threat of over- or under-watering.
The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller is available for $229 (eight-zone) or $279 (16-zone).
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A properly manicured lawn can be a tricky task, so why not move that burden onto a bot? Landroid, from tool manufacturer WORX, is a grass-eating automaton that is capable of mowing lawns up to a half-acre. Users simply lay a boundary wire around their yard-accounting for obstacles like flower beds-and Landroid takes care of the rest, chopping grass within the defined area, regardless of the weather conditions, and automatically returning to its charging pad when it is done or needs a little boost.
With the accompanying Landroid app, users can activate on-demand mowing, keep tabs on the mowing progress, set a specific mowing schedule, and even get accurate measurements of their lawn.
The Landroid is available for $999 to $1,499, depending on features and mowing area capability.
Composting is a fantastic method for handling food waste and feeding your garden nutrient-rich soil-but composting at home can be a taxing (and fragrant) affair. Thankfully, there’s Sepura. This clever contraption, which resembles something like a kitchen trash can, attaches to your sink piping, similar to a garbage disposal, and allows users to send all their solid food waste-bones, fruits, vegetables, peels, pits, paper towels and more-down the drain.
With the push of a button, Sepura separates the solid food waste from the liquid, trapping it in an odor-containing chamber. LED light indicators show how full Sepura is and when it reaches capacity, owners can easily remove the containment chamber and distribute the collected waste to their composting pile.
The Sepura is available now for pre-order, with expected delivery in early 2021, for $380.
Ecowitt Soil Moisture Monitor
While a near one-size-fits-all solution may be viable when watering lawns, it can be more difficult to figure out when and how much to water garden plants, especially if you have a diversity of flora. The Ecowitt sensor is a Wi-Fi enabled soil moisture reader that can let you know exactly when your plants are parched. The Ecowitt streams your soil’s moisture grade to an accompanying LCD display screen, so you can always keep tabs on your tulips-or users can purchase the separately sold Ecowitt gateway and have their moisture data transmitted via app to their smart devices.
The Ecowitt Soil Moisture Monitor is available for $29.