Tech Bytes from a Techno-holic

What a wonderful time of year it is. Spring has sprung and we are no longer confined to the insides of our domains. Even the most hardiest of technophiles can’t stay locked inside for ever, so the warm sun is a refreshing reminder to get outside.
While gardening and lawn care are on most people’s minds, it is rewarding to have a beautiful yard, but so much more fun when you have all the latest gadgets and tools.
From lawn aerator shoes and wearable garden stools, to using your trusty power drill as an auger, make sure you are not missing out on any new gardening equipment that you did not know you could not live without.
For hanging plants or container gardens, I would recommend some self-watering planters. Some are stackable and help you easily start a self-watering vertical garden. These work by having water stored in a special reservoir which is then sucked up by the roots from the bottom of the container providing a more natural watering for the plants. These can be purchased as ready-made containers or you can search online for many ways to make your own with simple household materials.
Looking for an edge to make your plants grow fuller? Then check out the electronic watering can from Clean Air Gardening, L.C. Regular tap water has, on average, somewhere between 30 to 40 percent oxygen saturation. But the brand new Enki Oxygenating Watering Can uses electrolysis to super-oxygenate the water to levels up to 150 percent oxygen saturation. In tests, this helped plants produce anywhere from 20 to 50 percent more vegetables, grow them much larger and produce more blooms with up to 66 percent more weight. It works, because the more oxygen that gets to the roots of your plants, the more nutrients they can take in.
Another must-have is an electronic soil tester. These electronically measure moisture, soil pH, sunlight and combined nitrogen, phosphorus and potash (NPK) fertilizer levels in your soil. While most people would be unsure of what each means, most electronic soil testers come with a list of preferred conditions for different types of plants, allowing you to choose what locations in your yard are ideal for planting. You can find an electronic soil tester at most retail outlets or online.
Finally the last garden gadget I’ll leave you with is the one that always gives me the hardest time. Yes, that’s right, mowing the lawn, the only bad part of having a beautiful yard. Well it appears Husqvarna has come to your aid and now offers the pleasures of sitting in air conditioned comfort while your mower tackles your lawn all by itself.
Husqvarna’s new iPhone app lets you mow the lawn without even being at home. Any Automower® robotic lawnmower equipped with a GPS Communication Unit (available separately) can be remotely started and stopped, as well as tracked on your iPhone screen. While the “My Automower” app is free the purchase of your own Automotor may set you back more that you hoped. You can download the app today and watch some installation movies, see a buying guide and FAQs, just in case you’re considering a $5,000-plus lawnmower purchase.

Remember you can reach me at jcarrick@pioneergroup.com. Feel free to ask any questions you may have or if there are any products or software you would like me to review.

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