Many people consider gardening a tech-free activity, where you can just take care of your plants and hedges and enjoy the sunlight.
However, with people having extremely busy lifestyles nowadays, taking free time to maintain your garden is a luxury only a few can afford.
Luckily, this is where technology, like in many other areas of our life, comes in handy.
Reports by Statista have shown that households in the United Kingdom spent 4.6 billion pounds on gardening tools in 2016. For that reason, it’s no surprise that many established tool manufacturers, as well as start-up companies, are trying to get a share of the market by offering maximum results for a minimum effort to their customers. Garden is a luxury only a few can afford. -Everyone remembers that time you spent looking at garden photos online and want to make your own. Sometimes, even having the essential gardening tools we still can’t start because everyone is just too busy these days.
They have done exactly that by coming up with smart technology innovations and improving the performance of cordless tools.
Smart technology innovations
With smart devices getting into our lives in so many ways, it was only a question of time when they’d be introduced in our gardens.
Smart Irrigation Systems
Smart sprinklers are literally the future, both for homeowners and the plants, seeing as overwatering is one of the most common causes of plant problems, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden.
This means that you always need to keep a close eye when watering your plants and follow a tight schedule of when you need to water each plant. Unfortunately, not everyone can do that due to lack of time.
Smart irrigation systems on the other hand, constantly monitor the soil moisture levels by using sensor information from the soil around the plant and water your garden accordingly.
They also generate a smart watering schedule based on your location and vegetation. Additionally, some irrigation systems also incorporate precise weather forecasts to prevent overwatering when there’s rain incoming.
And the best part is, they are much easier to use and can be connected to your Smartphone via an app for easy access.
Even better, now technology is even helping to create soil free gardens with plants in.
Now that your garden is watered properly, plants will start successfully growing and will surely attract pests or hungry animals that will want a taste of your edible plants.
Rather than having to chase them away in the middle of the night, you can use an electromagnetic pest repellent or a motion-activated animal deterrent.
The pest repellents work by using a combination of ultrasonic and electromagnetic sound waves that repel pests and drive them away from your garden.
On the other hand, the electronic animal scarecrows spray frightening, but harmless bursts of water at incoming animals and prevent them from invading your garden.
Improvements in cordless technology
Developments in battery technology in the past 20 years have allowed garden tools to become cordless and much easier to use. Still, people were hesitant when buying one due to the short battery life. With the introduction of lithium-ion batteries in garden tools however, all of that changed.
People seem to be using cordless tools more than ever, and reports in the Global Power Tools Market Research show that the demand for cordless tools will rise by 6.4% each year, and will reach 7.6 billion US dollars by 2021.
This cordless revolution was mainly led by two tools, the lawn mower and the hedge trimmer. They offer a lot of features that ease the gardening process, resulting in many new homeowners deciding to purchase a tool of their own, which further increased the garden tools market size.
A Google search will yield multiple results for anything from cordless hedge trimmers to lawn mowers, which brings us nicely onto our next point.
Cordless lawn mowers
With the growing tendency for outdoor living and picture-perfect gardens, it’s no surprise that lawn mowers are in high demand.
Cordless lawn mowers are getting more powerful and convenient by the day, and seem to be the go-to choice for many homeowners and professionals as well. They offer 45-60 minutes of run time, which is more than enough to finish the job as they are quite powerful.
Additionally, they are much easier to use, which further adds to their appeal considering that time is something we all are trying to save.
Cordless hedge trimmers
Trimmed hedges are crucial when trying to maintain a perfect garden and that can be a difficult job without the proper tools.
For years, people have been using petrol powered hedge trimmers, which are very difficult to start, pollute the air, and are too loud to use for longer periods of time.
The introduction of cordless hedge trimmers has allowed homeowners to take care of their garden with ease and without disturbing the whole neighbourhood in the process.
Newer cordless hedge trimmer models offer a variety of features that make an easy job out of maintaining your garden.
Overall, the trend for outdoor living combined with the lack of free time has encouraged garden tool manufacturers to up their game and provide better and smarter tools. Gone are the days of just making tools with a powerful motor and sharp blades, so manufacturers now need to incorporate the latest technologies in order to make garden maintenance as easy as possible, and as a result, the whole garden market is becoming more popular and competitive.
Author | Emily Forbes
An Entrepreneur, Mother & A passionate tech writer in the technology industry!