Gardening is supposed to be about the natural life, right? Well, yes. But that doesn’t mean we can’t let technology give us a hand. Your smart phone or tablet can be quite the gardening companion. We searched around and found what we thought were the top garden apps that you need today! Seriously, these could change the way you garden, help you create a garden plan you have been putting off, and help you to visualize what it is you want, and how to get it. Got bugs, weeds or plants you can’t identify? Need a designers touch? Forget your gardening chores, time and time again? Got you covered… In other words, use these garden apps, and your view on gardening could totally change right now, today. Who knew?
5 Top Garden Apps
Number 1 – GrowIt
Grow It! is like a gardener’s version of Facebook… You connect with a great community of like minded people, you share lots of photos, and you get to search for helpful info as well! We like this garden app because as you find plants you love in their extensive database, you can organize them into projects to help you design and then shop for your garden. Need help with a plant or a disease problem? Upload a photo and let the community offer up advice! Available for IOS and Android devices.
Number 2 – myGardenAnswers
my Garden Answers is the #1 downloaded gardening app! Why? Because it helps gardeners solve dilemmas. Don’t know what a plant is? Point and click with this app, and now you do. Need help with a pest? Get expert advice. Like “Shazam” for plants! Available for IOS and Android.
Number 3 – Iscape
The Iscape landscape design app lets you plan out any outdoor space like a pro. You can see how it will all look in 3D, and get a shopping list for plants in your design. Drag and drop design allows you to create a hardscape, then add plants and even lighting. Useful for DIY projects, and also to show a potential contractor your vision. Available for IOS only.
Number 4 – LeafSnap
How many times have you been in a public park or garden and fell in love with the trees, but with no one to ask what they are? Leafsnap changes that. Using visual recognition software, Leafsnap can identify trees from a photo of their leaves alone. I can’t tell you how many times I could have used this! This garden app is expanding to cover the entire US and Canada. Available for IOS only.
Number 5 – SmartPlant
Smartplant is the perfect gardening app for anyone who forgets to fertilize the hydrangeas, or needs to be reminded to water the container plants on the porch. And thats all of us, right? Not only does Smartplant have a huge database to get your “plant geek”on, they have expert help. And part of that help goes like this… You add a plant to your digital garden, either through their database, your camera or using their barcode scanner at a retailer. The app then creates a care calendar and sends you a reminder specific for that plant… How often to fertilize, what pests to spray for, etc… You can also chat with experts about pests or other problems and get advice. This. Is. Cool. Available for IOS and Android.
Note: We have updated these app recommendations for 2017- 2018. Some older apps referenced in comments are no longer part of this post!
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Image Credits: My Garden Answers, SmartPlant