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Green-fingered Brits with a fondness for the outdoors can step up their gardening game in 2018 with these top 10 gardening apps to download in time for spring.
Plant identifiers and digital care calendars are just some of the clever features highlighted in the list, which has been compiled by the garden experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk.
Horticulture enthusiasts won’t ever have to stumble across a beautiful plant or tree and struggle to identify it ever again, as these apps can help you distinguish and learn about thousands of flowers, shrubs and foliage at the touch of a button.
Similarly, if you’re going to be getting stuck into planting and preening this year and could do with a virtual assistant to tell you what your plants need and when these clever apps can assist with your every gardening need.
A spokesperson for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk commented: “For a novice gardener with absolutely zero knowledge of plant care and maintenance, trawling the internet in search of help and advice can be time-consuming and frankly quite daunting.
“Instead, these apps will help inform you and log tonnes of information to help you grow and keep stunning plants and gardens all year round.”
This plant identification app can instantly identify over 20,000 plants. Plus, it will give you accurate and detailed information about all of them. All you need to do is snap a photo of the plant you are interested in finding out about, tap ‘submit’, and Garden Answers will work its magic.
Since the app’s launch in 2013, it has become the #1 downloaded gardening mobile app. With a simple interface that is point-and-click, GardenAnswers is a straightforward and easy to use app for any gardener.
As well as plant identification, this app also offers a ‘Digital Care Calendar’ which will remind you what your plant needs and when they need it.
There’s a ‘My Garden’ section where you can add plants from your garden and the app will notify you of their needs. SmartPlant also offers a premium membership which includes pest identifications.
The Gardening Companion app is more than just a gardening app – it is your virtual friend and assistant in the garden.
Available on Apple devices, Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds, and bark to aid identification. First developed by the University of Maryland, Smithsonian Institute and Columbia University, Leafsnap recognises the plant species by their leaves.
The UK app has partnered with the Natural History Museum in order to create this bank of images to help with identifying tricky trees.
5. My Soil
From the British Geological Survey, this app lets you check the soil in your local area so you can decide which plants will grow well.
You can source information about soil type, depth, pH, soil temperature and organic matter content, and the app suggests fruit and plant varieties to use in your location.
Plan your perfect vegetable, herb and fruit garden on your iPad or iPhone with Garden Plan Pro. From the creators of the most successful online Garden Planner with other 350,000 users, Garden Plan Pro combines expert plant knowledge with simple-to-use tools so that you can plan your own flexible garden design.
GardenTags is an all-in-one gardening app that allows gardeners to share wisdom and information.
It advises and schedules plant care tasks and can help you deal with weeds, pests and infections that might otherwise be hard to deal with.
SmartyPlants makes it fun and easy to care for your houseplants and garden. Simply add a plant by entering its name and taking its photo, and this app will automatically detect if the plant is part of its growing botanical database and suggest a few typical care reminders for that particular species.
Once you’ve added your plants, SmartyPlants will notify you when each one needs to be watered, fertilized, pruned, re-potted, rotated, weeded, misted, mulched, flushed and propagated.
The Flower Checker app provides a paid plant identification service. However, by using real botanists to identify unknown plants, moss fungus and even lichen, it is perhaps the most accurate of the plant identification apps.
The team of plant experts can take several minutes or hours to respond to a request. The developers claim they can identify more than 90% of plant species. The app is ad-free and available on Android and iOS platforms.
Plantifier is a free crowdsourced plant recognition too which allows you to upload a photo of an unknown plant. The users of this free tool will try to recognise the plant photo as soon as possible and give you an answer to your question. There’s also a web-based version on their site.
Read information about the plants that interest you, set reminders to help you care for your garden and track and share information about plants and flowers.