Five o f the best

The best tech for your smart gar­den!

Mac|Life - - HOME LIFE -

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Ra­chio 3 smart wa­ter­ing sys­tem From $229.99 ra­chio.com This com­pre­hen­sive kit in­cludes a smart sen­sor controller and a wire­less flow sen­sor. It’s per­fect for up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing sprin­kler sys­tems, of­fer­ing au­to­matic gar­den wa­ter­ing of up to 16 zones, smart weather de­tec­tion and com­pat­i­bil­ity with a va­ri­ety of smart home plat­forms.

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B-hyve hose faucet $69.95 bhyve.or­biton­line.com An af­ford­able op­tion for con­trol­ling your sprin­kler or wa­ter­ing sys­tem. Just at­tach the valve to your faucet, and the hub to your router and you can con­trol it from any­where. You can also cre­ate sched­ules to au­to­mate wa­ter­ing, and the smart weather de­tec­tion ad­justs the level of wa­ter­ing ac­cord­ingly.

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Net­gear Arlo Pro 2 From $479.99 arlo.com It’s a lit­tle pricey, but this two-cam­era se­cu­rity kit is ideal for use in the gar­den. The cam­eras are rated IP65 weath­er­proof for out­door use, and bat­tery­pow­ered so that you can move them around easily. There’s a siren to scare in­trud­ers — and a HomeKit up­date on the way.

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Philips Hue Lily $280 meethue.com This pack of three mul­ti­color spot­lights can be placed in and around your flowerbeds to cre­ate a re­ally eye-catch­ing dis­play — all con­trol­lable us­ing HomeKit and Siri voice com­mands. You’ll need to buy the Hue Bridge (ap­prox­i­mately $50) to be able to use Hue lights in a HomeKit setup.

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Robo­mow RX12 $599 robo­mow.com Ro­botic mow­ers are ex­pen­sive, but Robo­mow’s lat­est mod­els fi­nally come in way be­low the $1,000 mark, with the app-con­trolled RX12 com­ing in at around $600. This app-con­trolled mower has a two-hour recharge­able bat­tery, is rec­om­mended for lawns up to 1/20 acre, and fea­tures a child lock.

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