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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.

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