What about apps?
There are dozens of gardening apps available, with one of the top rated being GardenTags. This is a social media app for gardeners, where you can share information or ask for advice from thousands of other gardeners, or use in-app purchases to get personalized advice from professionals such as TV gardener Michael Perry.
Is it safe?
You don’t have to worry too much about accidents with a smart sprinkler, but robot lawnmowers can potentially be dangerous. Check what safety precautions are built in, such as sensors that can spot a person nearby, or a child lock that can prevent a mower being activated by accident.
What about security?
Most security cameras are designed for indoor use, but there are a number of outdoor cameras that can be used to keep an eye on your garden, too. Netatmo’s Presence ($299.99) cleverly combines a powerful floodlight with a concealed security camera, while Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 Smart Security System is more expensive ($479.99) but includes two weatherproof cameras for indoor and outdoor use, and a powerful siren to scare off intruders. What about the weather?
To keep an eye on the unpredictable weather while you’re away, you could invest in a sensor, such as Netamo’s Weather Station ($149.99). This device monitors temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure so that you can schedule watering and other tasks using remote control.