Gardening has been a summer pastime for many Americans throughout the ages; however, other’s version of backyard pruning involves playing Plants vs. Zombies on the couch. What better way to become accustomed to vegetation than by planting fake flowers and sci-fi shrubs in front of your home to protect you from the undead invasion? Complete with peashooters and cattails, this app has the nation swarming over their online garden.
However, for some, the virtual greenhouse was just not enough, and they wished to return to the soil they know and love. And still, the grasp of technology has not left us, and we desire to merge both nature and network together.
Now, there are a million app options to do just that, but with new ones sprouting up each day, it’s hard to know which are the best. Luckily, we have weeded through the forest and found your perfect apps for your dream garden.
1. Plantifier and Leaf Snap
Picking out plants for your yard is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of gardening.
With so many options out there, it’s hard to pick the perfect one. Nothing seems to fit just right, but then, while you walk through the park, a delicate pink flower from a tree falls upon your shoulder and you know this match was made in heaven. You’ve found The One for you and your garden. The only problem is, you have no idea what this tree is called! Fear no longer for Plantifier and Leaf Snap have come to save the day!
Both of these apps have the ability to identify countless trees, flowers, fruit, and grasses through a simple snapshot. Just pick a leaf or flower from the plant you desire, take a picture, and the app will find out the rest! In no time, you’ll have all the information you need about this secretive little seedling so you can satisfy your green thumb within your own Secret Garden.
Even the healthiest of us become plagued with an illness every once in a while, and the same goes for plants. Your happy rose bush could be blooming along gracefully when one day it wilts without any reason. Perhaps it’s time to call the doctor!
With the app, The Leaf Doctor instantly diagnoses your plant’s illness and find out ways to nurture it back to health once again. Simply take a picture of the ill leaf or flower, type in some characteristics of the problem, and you’ll instantly get a free recommendation from experts worldwide! Soon, your tiny petunias will be perked up and shining brightly in no time!
3. Sprout It
You water, rake, weed, and fertilize and still, your little sproutlings just won’t budge. Plants can be just as stubborn and finicky as teenage children, and yet, we don’t have the capability to communicate with these leaves to see what they want. Fortunately, Sprout It is just the plant whisperer you need. This app will automatically create a task list for each plant you plug into the software (and your soil) so you can always keep up to date on your plants needs, such as when to water, transplant pots, and fertilize. Enter your zip code and the app will even keep track of local weather and how it will affect your foliage.
The next step, after finding the perfect plants, is to figure out where to put them. Some plants are self-motivated and will grow anywhere, and yet others need a little more coaxing. It’s hard to know where each plant will thrive the best. Leave the hard math up to Garden Squared. This app will help you plan the space of your garden and recommend which plants to put together so there is no overcrowding for attention. Simply put in the dimensions of your yard and Garden squared will take care of the rest.
5. Eden Recipes
After months and months of your hard work, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labors (literally) when it comes time to harvest your crop. However, many who garden are soon found with too many tomatoes to even know what to do with them. Luckily, Eden Recipes can help!
By typing in ingredients, grown in your garden, a list of possible recipes and meal ideas will sprout up on your phone for the best dinner in town. This app can also create a log of your favorite recipes, keep track of calories, and even give you tutorial videos on how to mince like a professional chef.
Just because your thumb isn’t as green as it could doesn’t mean your only gardening option is playing Plants vs. Zombies. Explore your inner Landscaper and start a garden worth Instagraming.
If you’re afraid of stepping into the sun, have no fear; technology is not that far away with these handy and helpful plant apps. If you have any more questions, or need any further assistance with your garden adventures, contact Cutting Edge Landscaping or call (310) 406-2251.