Horticulture has gone high-tech and technology is tricking out gardens. From dying plant alerts to Bluetooth speakers and smart watering, outside spaces are getting plugged in.
We have an app with plant experts on speed dial and smart sprinklers you can switch on from your sun lounger, an outdoor cinema and a personal weather station – these are the garden gadgets to get you green fingere
Ego's Hedge Trimmer's savvy design makes this hedge trimmer a cut above. It's more comfortable than the competitors and it has a long length, dual knife-edge, laser-cut diamond ground blade for precise, clean cuts.
It runs on two-speeds and a blade-tip protection stops damage from fences and walls. There is a safety blade guard to help prevent injuries and a rotating rear handle to adjust to the angle for cutting horizontally or vertically.
Powered by a petrol-matching Arc Lithium 56v battery, a single charge delivers a run time that will let you obliterate a yard full of hedges.
EGO HT6500E 65CM HEDGE TRIMMER, £219, egopowerplus.co.uk
Plant Drs on Call
SmartPlant is an app that gets you online with plant experts at the click of a button.
It's geo-mapped to take into account your location, climate and soil type – premium membership allows the user unlimited questions and photo IDs and access to a personalised garden care calendar.
It works like this: you take a photo of your plant or pest and upload it. (Submitting panicked, paranoid questions is optional.) The SmartPlant's experts will take a look and almost instantly reply with a diagnosis and what to do.
All plant queries are returned within 24 hours and it works with Alexa.
Smart Plan App, free to download and first few plant IDs free. Then £2.99/mo to pay as you go, £9.99 quarterly or £35.99 annually, smartplantapp.com
Battery Operated Mower
Petrol lawn mowers are old school – the power tool supremos STIHL have come up with a battery operated mower that is the future. Great for large gardens as it features an eco-mode where the blade automatically adapts the motor power according to the condition of the grass during mowing.
Single speed drive means that the mower is self-propelled and makes short work of steep lawns and six different blade settings make it easy for you to cut with both speed and precision.
STIHL RMA 448 TC Battery Operated Lawn Mower, £475, stihl.co.uk
Solar Auto Parasol
A state of the art outdoor umbrella that will open at the press of a button and will light up in the evening.
The solar panel is situated on the top of the parasol and it charges the control mechanism. You can use a remote control to open and close and there are lights underneath the canopy. There is also the option of charging it on cloudy days.
Norfolk Leisure Solar Auto Parasol, £359, hayesgardenworld.co.uk
Smart Sprinkler System
Smart sprinklers are the future. They are not just easier to use – you can save up to 70% on your water consumption with this smart sprinkler thanks to adjustable drip heads and drip watering.
You connect it up to the GARDENA smart App which you can control from your phone – and there is a soil moisture sensor to send updates back to the app letting you know when you've used enough water.
The smart control will stop watering if weather changes – like having a mini weather centre in the garden.
It's a cable-free connection, and you can set the day of the week and irrigation time. This can be from one minute to ten hours. This usually depends on how dry the soil is and whether rainfall from the weather service is predicted.
Gardena Smart System, starts at £385.99, www.gardena.com
Home Weather Station
Netatmo's Weather Station is the perfect way to weather watch. It reports back to your smart phone on temperature, CO2 levels, pressure, humidity, noise pollution, wind and rain. The app provides you a real-time account, with a forecast that is also powered by any neighbours' Weather Stations too.
Using their new Smart Home Chatbot, you can use text messages through Facebook messenger to find out what the weather is like in your garden even when you're not at home. They can also command web-connected garden sprinklers and lawn irrigation systems.
Netatmo Weather Station, starts at £139, netatmo.com
The Ultimate Entertainer
John Terry's not the only one who can watch football in the garden. Turn your garden into an outdoor cinema with the Epson EH-TW650 home cinema projector.
An ideal projector for the perfect outdoor cinema experience, its impressive 300-inch display full HD projector is three times brighter than others on the market and will bring films or sports events to life.
Set up is simple and the lamp light source is long-lasting – you can watch a film every day for up to 11 years.
Epson EH-TW650, £499, epson.co.uk
No garden party is complete without music – and the Bayan Audio Soundscene is a wireless, weatherproof portable speaker that will get things going.
Splash proof and waterproof, it links up to 8 speakers with an 8 hour battery life and lets you play tracks from your tablet or smartphone.
Westminster Bayan Soundscene, £179, hayesgardenworld.co.uk
Rock and Roll
The Bluetooth Garden Speaker disguised as a rock. A weather-proof wonder with high quality audio, it powers up using an outdoor plug socket and can stream music from any Bluetooth device, with easy installation and setup.
10M extension cables available for flexible positioning.,
Lithe Audio Wireless Bluetooth Garden Speakers, £269.99, socketstore.co.uk
Garden WiFi Booster
Home networking specialist devolo have come up with some great WiFi boosting tech that is ideal for making sure you can stream videos from the lounge chair.
More effective than a traditional booster, it works by using the electrical wiring at home, which means that wherever you plug it has the exact same signal as at the main router and can give your entire garden a strong signal.
devolo dLAN 1200+ WiFi , £159.99, devolo.com
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