Most geeks sit behind a computer, but some of them are gardeners. If you love weather devices that make gardening successful and fun, continue reading.
A beautifully tended garden is hard to achieve when you don’t have enough time and don’t have the necessary tools used for gardening. Also, it’s hard to maintain your garden with falling temperature and weather changes. Below are the top 5 garden gears we’ve tried that will make gardening attractive and fun.
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
✔ No more watering in the rain – weather intelligence will skip scheduled watering if rainfall is predictable
✔ Smartphone control – turn your sprinklers on wherever you are using your smartphone, tablet or laptop
✔ Worry-free watering – automatic schedule creation, mobile notifications and proactive weather adjustments
✔ Reduce your water bill – save up to 50% on your outdoor water bill
✔ EPA WaterSense Certified – save up to 100% off retail value with available rebates from your local water provider
✔ Works with Alexa – control watering with the power of your voice
✅ Easy to install and includes manual controls.
✅ Works with the NEST, IFTTT, Wink, SmartThings, Amazon Echo and Google Home.
❌ Amazon Alexa setup is fussy.
The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is a smart gardening device that offers everything you need in a sprinkler system. Plus the weather-based watering schedules, customized schedules, water usage reports, and third-party device integration. It’s worth the upgrade from an ordinary sprinkler.
HealthyWiser Soil pH Meter
✔ Exact and accurate readings
✔ No need for batteries or additional equipment
✔ Solid construction that will last for years
✔ Portable and compact
✔ Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use
✅ 100% accurate
✅ Will save you money with minimal water wastage
✅ Convenient and easy to use.
❌ It can break easily if not handled well.
It’s an impressive device that calculates pH level, lighting, and water level, which are essential factors in gardening. You need to take extra caution in handling the equipment, especially the very sensitive probes.
Orbit 57946 B-hyve Smart Indoor/Outdoor 6-Station WiFi Sprinkler System Controller
✔ Automatic Rain Delays – smart watering sets automatic rain delays saving water and money
✔ WeatherSense Technology – provides watering based on soil type, slope, lighting, historical ET and live weather forecasts.
✔ Easy to setup and use – swing panel and angled terminals provide easy access and convenient wiring that can you can complete in minutes
✔ Wifi and Timer Control – control your sprinkler on your smartphone or tablet. The device is controllable at the timer.
✔ Weather-resistant – comes in a lockable cabinet to secure controller. It can be mounted indoors or outdoors.
✔ Works with Alexa – control your sprinkler through your voice
✔ Certified to Save Water – WaterSense certified and SWAT testing protocols
✅ The Orbit B-hyve 57950 combines traditional sprinkler system with smart features
✅ It’s not as good as Rachio but it’s the best budget-friendly sprinkler controller in the market
❌ Scheduling options are limited and the manual controls can be confusing
❌ It does not support most smart home integrations
The Bottom Line:
It’s not the best smart sprinkler controller, but it’s the best you can get in its price range.
Orbit 58910 2-Outlet Programmable Hose Faucet Timer
✔ Watering frequency from every 6 hours up to every 7th day
✔ Watering duration from 1 minute to 4 hours
✔ Rain delay options of 24, 48 or 72 hours
✔ Uninterrupted manual watering
✔ Quick installation with swivel connection
✔ Durable, weather-resistant construction
✅ Easy to install with a waterproof design to last longer
✅ The LCD screen is easy to read
❌ Its settings are not as easy to understand
The Bottom Line:
The Orbit 58910 is a dual programmable hose timer that can save you water during the drought season. Its waterproof design makes it rust-proof.
Edyn Garden Sensor
✔ Stay connected to your garden – Edyn garden sensor continuously tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition, and moisture
✔ Real-time updates sent to your phone – the sensor connects to Wifi and sends you useful insights through the Edyn app
✔Garden diagnostic – Edyn analyzes your garden to discover which plants best match its conditions and climate
✔ You’ll never overwater or underwater your garden again – the Edyn Water Valve automatically provides your plants the exact amount of water they need
✅ Easy to install
✅ It’s battery-powered with built-in solar charger
✅ Recommends plants that are suitable for your garden.
❌ Short battery lifespan and push notifications don’t always work
The Bottom Line:
The Edyn Garden Sensor is an excellent solar-powered tool that helps you monitor the condition of the soil in your garden by sending you updates on your smartphone through WiFi. It has an extensive plant database, but the Edyn app needs work.