Best Free Gardening Apps
Picture yourself working in your garden. Your activity fills your mind with considerations of all the possibilities for your garden; you have a gardening question. Until recently, most of us simply thought, “I’ll wait until I go back into the house.” But because of smart phones, and some companies filling the web with useful content and computer programs, or apps, now we can get the answers right there in our garden.
The NurseryEnterprises.com crew has created this list of what we consider to be the best free gardening apps for smart phones for Android and Apple (iPhone, iOS).
BeeSmart Pollinator Gardener
Plant a garden to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, bats, bees and other pollinators.
The BeeSmart® Pollinator Gardener is your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again!
You can filter plants by: pollinators you want to attract, light and soil requirements, bloom color, and by plant type.
The app includes:
• Nearly 1,000 pollinator friendly plants native to the United States.
• Customizable plant lists based on your preferences including pollinator type, flower color, soil type, sunlight and plant type.
• Regionally specific plant lists based on the geographical and ecological attributes of your location (your ecoregion) just by entering your zip code!
• A wide variety of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and vines to browse.
• An easy to use search option for querying on common or botanical plant names.
• Colorful plant images.
Plantifier is a crowdsourced plant recognition tool. Plant-ifier. It allows you to upload a photo of an unknown plant, then the users of the MyGarden.org community behind it will try to recognize it as soon as possible and give you an answer to your question! Easy and free!
You can also try out the full version at www.plantifier.com.
Currently only available for Apple devices. One of the first priorities is to release an Android version.
Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. It uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
Leafsnap contains high-res images of leaves, flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds, and bark to aid in identification. It currently includes trees found in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, and it will soon grow to include images of trees from the entire U.S.
It tells you about the soil composition for anywhere in the U.S. GPS based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data. It retrieves graphical summaries of soil types associated with the iPhone’s current geographic location, based on a user defined horizontal precision. Sketches of soil profiles are linked to their official soil series description (OSD) page. Soil series names are linked to their associated page within the CA Soil Resource Lab’s online soil survey. Its full website is very useful at home as well: https://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/gmap/.
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