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With the popularity of “going green”, it was only a matter of time before computer technology got in on the act. If you are like many people who buy cacti because they are low maintenance and you can forget to water them and they will still strive, there is new technology available with the click of a mouse, which will help you in the garden.
Watering and Weather Systems
Many people make the mistake of planting too early, when frost at nighttime can kill your tomato plants or flower beds. There are monitors that will set off an alarm when the temperature drops below the dangerous level for plants and vegetables. This alarm will warn you that you need to cover your seedlings and sprouts overnight.
There are gadgets that will send hourly updates to let you know if you need to water your garden. Since over-watering can sometimes kill certain plants, this is a very handy tool.
These systems also measure humidity, wind, and sun.
There are sensory programs generated by a gadget you can place in a potted plant that will let you know if your plant needs more or less water, sunlight or shade, and some of these devices will even send you cell phone alerts, letting you know your plants need watering.
Mowing Your Lawn by Robot
There are robotic lawn mowers you can program to keep your lawn’s curb appeal all summer long. Set it to trim the lawn at a certain time, on a certain day, and watch in amazement as it avoids your border fence and vegetable garden, through sensors.