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To many gardens seem like they are a little bit stuck in the past! Traditional borders and neatly clipped lawns look more like something out of the Victorian age that the 2020’s.
However perceptions may be unfounded, today there is a whole range of clever garden technology just waiting to be discovered!
Not only does the latest garden technology help you with gardening it can also have some other smart uses. Entertainment, surveillance, forecasting, lighting, cooking and even energy production are just some of the amazing attributes of the latest backyard gadgets.
Today garden tech can provide surround sound music, keep your family safe and make gardening chores a thing of the past. Let’s look a little deeper into the latest backyard technology with our list of 19 cool garden gadgets here.
1. Garden weather stations
Traditionally outdoor weather stations have been a combination of various apparatus collecting meteorological data to study the weather.
Such systems were designed to record rainfall, air pressure, humidity, temperature and wind speed. Today weather stations are both accessible and digital coming in the form of digital garden weather stations.
These gadgets are a great example of the latest technology providing quick and accurate weather data.
As well as keeping an eye on regional data digital stations also identify micro climates to your specific region. If you are interested in science and the great outdoors these can make a great garden gadget for the whole family.
2. Bird box cameras
The booming garden bird industry has shown that people really care about their local birdlife.
Modern times have seen a broad recognition by the public that there are much fewer birds than their used to be.
Bird feeders and bird houses have given a much needed boost to birds but can the latest garden tech also help? Well bird box cameras have brought garden bird protection to a whole new level.
These fantastic garden gadgets allow you to watch the rearing of young birds in live view!
Bird box cameras come in a wide range of sophistication from cable to wireless systems which send footage to your TV or smart phone.
3. Robot lawn mowers
The very latest garden technology should at best take away the most laborious gardening tasks. Nothing can be more monotonous than the continuous mowing of the grass every growing season!
The average lawn needs around 9 cuts per making it a continuous annoyance throughout the summer. However a freshly cut lawn does have an exceptional appeal and garden lawns extremely very multi functional.
This is where robot lawn mowers can help! These cool, autonomous tech gadgets will cut your lawn at a high frequency so your grass always looks well maintained!
These clever robots will also improve the health of your lawn helping it to maintain moisture and nutrients.
4. Thermal weeders
Weeding is probably the most hated job of all of all the garden chores. It is almost guaranteed that within a few of weeks of weeding they will be back with a vengeance.
The truth is completely irradiating weeds is almost impossible in the long term. However with some clever garden tech gadgets keeping weeds at bay weeding could never be easier.
This thermal weeder has the ability to blast weeds with extreme heat causing them to wilt to the core. Even stubborn weeds are possible to kill down to the roots with consistent treatments.
5. Biolite fire pit
There are times in the garden when you want to sit outside and enjoy the evening twilight. What better way to do this than with a warming fire!
The problem is most of the time garden fires can lead to clouds of thick smoke and erratic flames. This makes the ‘Biolite Fire Pit’ a really good option when you need to be discrete.
This fire pit comes with in-built air flow technology allowing you to control the flames with ease. This helps to prevent smoke and to have complete control of outdoor fires.
The flame control can be connected to your smart phone via Bluetooth at the touch of a button. The Biolite Fire Pit is easily portable and can also convert into a small barbecue.
6. Digital soil testers
The key to successful gardening is about knowing your gardens soil. A mere handful of garden soil consists of billions of particles made up of organic matter and weathered rock particles.
This topsoil can take millions of years to form and has a living ecology all of its own. Soil can be extremely varied from location to location in terms of fundamental elements.
These elements include; minerals, fertility, acidity, moisture content and temperature. In order to be able to test all of these a digital soil tester will give you the ultimate edge.
These smart gadgets will tell you everything you need to know about your soils growing conditions at any time of the year.
When exploring the benefits of the latest technology in your garden drones may not be the first gadgets that come to mind.
Camera drones however can offer some spectacular opportunities to enjoy your yard even more! By allowing you to take to the skies you can obtain unique views of your site from far above.
Not only that, drones can allow you to access inaccessible, high up places. This can be advantageous when accessing the state of outside roofs, gutters and even large trees.
They can allow for endless opportunities to film your yards immediate surroundings at the touch of a button.
8. Outdoor speakers
It is amazing just how mood provoking outside spaces can be even when you are at home in the garden. However modern garden technology has made enhancing outside spaces through sound even more exciting.
Not only are contemporary outdoor speaker’s durable and weather proof they can also be versatile. Outdoor speakers can even be installed to external lighting systems for instant impact.
With most outdoor speakers having the ability to hook up to your smart phone the possibilities are literally endless.
Perhaps you want to sit outside and play a podcast, or even turn your patio into a Mediterranean holiday and play traditional Greek music!
9. LED garden parasol
Garden parasols and umbrellas have become extremely popular in modern gardens.
Not only can these features protect us from strong sun they can also offer protection from showers. However parasols with Led lights also provide the added benefit of allowing the party to continue late into the night.
These futuristic looking garden umbrellas will not only keep the party going they also look really cool.
10. Digital electric smoker
There is no doubt that there is something extremely exciting about cooking outside! Garden events are nothing without that little whiff of something delicious cooking away in the background.
Typically this scenario is induced by a sizzling barbecue with all the typical trimmings. The problem is sausages, chicken pieces and steak all cook at different frequencies leading to mixed results.
New digital electric smokers offer a whole new dimension to outdoor cooking. These smart cookers can act as ovens, grills and smokers all at the same time!
The digital gauge can display cooking temperature and timings so you don’t have too!
11. Garden live cameras
It is amazing how the latest technology can allow you to access any part of your property at the touch of a button.
Not only is this beneficial if you are in one particular location but images and video can be beamed straight to your hand held device. This has many obvious advantages for security and can provide piece of mind.
However there is also another alternative benefit from live garden cameras, wildlife watching. It is amazing just how much wildlife we live around even within the city!
Outdoor live cameras allow you to sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the drama of the backdoor wilderness!
12. Outdoor smart wifi camera
The latest garden technology can really operate in some of the smartest ways. This outdoor smart wifi camera enables you to keep a check on your property if you are home or away.
The device comes with a clever motion detection sensor which can send an alert straight to your mobile. The camera will instantly send a 6 second video clip so you can assess any moving object in range.
It comes with infra red night vision to give you full 24 hour observation. These cameras are easy to install and very versatile in their application.
13. Irrigation smart computer
Watering your garden can be extremely important part of keeping plants alive and well. However keeping flower borders well hydrated in the summer is not as easy as some believe.
Inconsistent watering can lead soil shrinking and becoming hard and impervious. This causes a capping layer where surface water can simply run away without being absorbed during watering.
Therefore like in nature water must be applied gradually over time to allow steady absorption. Not only will this smart irrigation gadget water gradually it has many other cool functions.
It has a rain detection device to prevent overwatering as well as complete digital control of water release 24 hours a day.
14. Motion activated cameras
Gardens to many are a place to occasionally read a book or carry our gardening activities. However most of the time when we are not around we don’t really know what goes on.
This is particularly so during the night time when a hidden world comes to life. Motion activated cameras can really allow you to view your garden from a new perspective.
They can also allow you to survey boundaries and catch criminals attempting to access your property. These digital cameras have improved greatly over the past two decades with multiple, smart functions.
From photo blasts to video and time lapse functions these cool garden gadgets are an absolute must!
15. Wind turbine generator
The latest garden technology cannot just excite and inspire it can actually generate power too! In fact home electricity generation is becoming a more familiar part of landscapes across the world.
If you live in a particularly windy region or live on high ground this fantastic wind turbine could save you on energy costs.
Typically the initial investment will pay for itself after a few years of installation. This wind generator is ideal for creating electricity for powering outside tools or as an emergency backup.
Wind turbine generators are best used in partnership with solar panels to benefit from seasonal weather variations.
16. Garden solar panels
Far from now being the ‘latest garden technology’ solar panel technology and the efficiency of solar cells improves year on year.
This means the relevance for smaller solar panels is ever increasing. Even very small gardens have varying structures and surfaces which can be utilised for electricity generation.
There are now numerous solar panel kits which come complete with cable attachments and storage batteries.
This means the external areas around the home have an ever increasing potential for power generation and storage.
17. Robot scare crow
Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.