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Gardening is a traditional pastime for those who want to get away from screens and computers and enjoy the sunshine (when it comes) for a while, but that doesn’t mean that the gardening world shies away from mobile apps and technology.
We’ve put together the best apps in the business to help you take your garden into the 21st century and make this busy time in the garden all the more enjoyable
Unsurprisingly, the Royal Horticultural Society’s information and advice app has been highly recommended, and it’s excellent for gardeners experimenting with new things or trying to improve their gardens. Although slightly outdated now, this app still provides a wealth of information.
2. Into Gardens
Android, iPhone, iPad
Created by James Alexander-Sinclair, a British garden designer, Into Gardens is a garden design app designed to help you eat what you grow, using Alexander-Sinclair’s signature flippant style and cheerful tone. Relaxed and cheerful, it provides regular updates for garden designers and is perfect for the summer vegetable gardener.
Although a little simplistic, Garden Plan Pro puts your garden in your hands and helps you plan a productive vegetable garden, letting you know the ideal spacing for your plants and how to maximise their growth potential. There are other apps like it on the market, but Garden Plan Pro is the best.
Android, iPhone, iPad
A simple veg garden guide app designed for iPhone and iPad, Vegetable Garden Guides is an excellent companion for a keen veg gardener, whether they’re an old hand or a new beginner. Learn new tips for planting and keep track of your crops with this handy guide.
iPhone, iPad, Android (lite version)
For those with more ambitious ideas, it’s sometimes hard to visualise how a landscaping project will turn out. When guesswork won’t do, there’s always iScape, a garden visualisation app that lets you take a picture of your garden then layer flowerbeds, walls and other garden features over it to see what you’ll be building. Indispensable for a landscaper.
Stuck trying to identify a plant? Leafsnap from the National History Museum can help you identify 156 species of UK trees and provides a fact file on each, while SmartPlant allows you to instantly connect with experts to identify plants in the field. Perfect for those long summer walks.
Gardentags is an all-in-one gardening app that allows gardeners to share wisdom and information, advises and schedules plant care tasks and can help you deal with weeds, pests and infections that might otherwise be hard to deal with. Even when your garden is at its happiest nature can throw curve balls, so this is one we’d recommend.
8. Husqvarna Robot Lawnmower Apps – Automower Connect
Summer is when the lawn goes crazy and a robot mower can save you serious amounts of time. The Husqvarna Automower series of robot lawnmowers come with companion apps that let you control the mower on your phone or tablet, making it simple to schedule lawnmower, locate missing mowers and check the status of your robot lawnmower on the go. How cool is that!
Another plant ID app, Garden Answers is able to search over 2,000 plants of all kinds from all over the world and help you identify any plant you photograph, while also providing pest control advice. Sleekly designed and easy to use, it’s well worth the admission price.
10. Bugs Count
For gardeners with children or those trying to identify an unfamiliar creepy-crawly, Bugs Count from the Natural History Museum is the perfect app. It helps Natural History Museum scientists by sending them user-submitted photographs and keeping score of the number of bugs in your garden, so you’ll be contributing to science as well as having some fun in the sunshine.