When we think of the smart home, often attention turns to the interior – to lighting, entertainment and temperature control, but beyond the interior of the smart home, there’s also very real value in creating a smart garden technology.
A place where lighting can be automated, temperature and soil conditions can be monitored and plants can be nurtured, the smart garden offers a wealth of environmental efficiencies and ambience.
Here’s an insight into the smart garden and how it can transform your home.
Smart garden tech
Smart garden technology encompasses sensors, weather gauges, lighting, automated irrigation and so much more, even extending to robot lawn mowers to take the hard work out of maintaining a pristine lawn.
It offers the benefits of ensuring your garden thrives while managing water consumption and creating a general ambience through features like lighting.
Much like the interior of the smart home, the true art of the smart garden lies in integration and automation, ensuring items like sensors interact with functions like lighting and irrigation. Implemented well, the smart garden offers the reassurance your garden will be tended to even when you’re away, while also offering a functional extension of your home.
Smart garden technology sensors tend to revolve around a couple of areas. These include monitoring the soil conditions around plants and gauging weather conditions.
These enable you to ascertain the current environment in your garden and act accordingly, whether that’s by turning your irrigation on via smartphone, or through full automation.
CNET explains: “More advanced plant sensors measure criteria such as ambient light, humidity, temperature and even levels of fertilizer in addition to the basic moisture readings. They can also measure multiple plants at once, so you’ll be able to use a single sensor to watch a whole garden.”
Sensors can be used for plants and lawns.
In the case of full automation, your sensors provide information to features like your watering system, prompting them to act or stop dependent on conditions.
This offers major benefits for the gardener who is either often busy or frequently away, as you can rest easy in the knowledge your yard will pretty much take care of itself.
In addition to managing plants, further features of the smart home can also be employed in the garden, and a frequently utilised feature is lighting. By setting up smart garden lighting you can prompt lights to come on at nightfall, and set scenes for entertaining.
Just as surround sound plays a role inside the home, it can also be applied to the garden. Here you can set up speakers that even play different music in different areas, and just like indoors you can change that music on command.
Much like automated blinds inside a house, exterior awnings and blinds can also be set up to act on command or to activate under specific conditions. That means you can roll out a shade awning at the push of a button, or have it automatically extend as the sun comes over your outdoor patio area in the afternoon.
This feature not only increases comfort, but can also assist in cooling the interior of your home.
Meanwhile, security also extends to the garden where you automate the locking of gates or connect them to your smart system to ascertain by app whether they’re opened or closed.
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