Sure, we love our time in the backyard to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. But there are some things we just can’t live without. And thanks to modern technology, we can enhance our experience outdoors with a little help. Whether you want to keep the bugs at bay or grill the best steak for your dinner guests, here are five backyard tech accessories for a perfect spring day outdoors.
We all have access to our local weather on our phones, but why not go one step further by adding a weather station to your backyard? These gadgets help pinpoint the exact climate of your home which can vary significantly from the broader community. A weather station in the yard will remotely transmit data to your smartphone, making it easy to know what to expect when you step outdoors. It will also tell you the wind speed, and how much rain your yard received overnight. We especially like the rain gauge that tells you when your lawn and plants got their last drink of water.
Are the mosquitoes, moths, and flies bugging you? Forget about using a dangerous pesticide in your backyard. Consider an electronic bug zapper that will rid your yard of the pests early this spring. There are many different options to choose from, but we like the ones disguised as lanterns or light sources.
Keeping the lawn trimmed is an essential part of lawn care. For those ultra tech gurus who don’t want to fuss with a mower, check out the new robotic lawn mower that will trim the grass for you. This new technology is great for those of you who want to enjoy their time outdoors relaxing. The Husqvarna Automower does cost a pretty penny, but it could be worth it for those if you detest maintaining the lawn.
Music is an essential part of throwing an outdoor party, and there are plenty of great ways to add volume to every area of your yard. A wide variety of outdoor speakers are now available. Some come cleverly disguised as rocks or other outdoor elements. The speakers sync to your smart device which blasts your favorite playlist to help enhance the mood of the party. Place a few around different spots in the yard to make sure that everyone has a great time.
Adding technology to your backyard is a great way to give Mother Nature a boost. You’ll know the exact weather conditions and grill up the perfect steak for outdoor dining. Robotic lawnmowers and bug zappers will make that time in the yard even more enjoyable. Yet, while most outdoor technology is pretty robust, there will be some items that may break from time to time. Insuring those expensive accessories can bring you peace of mind.
By: Meredith Hale
Meredith Hale is a gardening and landscape writer, and design addict. She has coordinated the design on many house flipping projects, admitting that her favorite part is creating inspired outdoor spaces.