Last April Fools Day, Google announced its latest product: the Google Gnome.

This smart lawn ornament was advertised as being capable of taking care of all of your yardly responsibilities while you kicked back and relaxed with a cold drink.

Of course the gnome was just a prank but the very best news is there are many new products on the market that build taking care of your outdoor space easier by adding connectivity.

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1. Invest in a remote-controlled robot mower.


Husqvarnas Automower 450 X may put the neighborhood kids out of business. Like a Roomba for your lawn, this low-noise mower creates carpet-like lawns without anyone breaking a sweat or needing ear plugs. GPS-assisted navigation works with borders established by the user, and guidebook wires keep the mower from running rogue. Its also capable of seeing objects, navigating over rough terrain, and climbing 45 -degree slopes. All a user has to do is connect the mower to a smartphone via the Automower Connect app and devote it commands. This particular model mows up to 1.25 acres, but smaller models of Husqvarnas automowers with fewer features start at $1,999. And don’t worry about a passerby swiping this $3,499 machine it has an anti-theft alarm and a tracking device.

2. Get a smart sous chef for grilling.


With Char-Broils SmartChef TRU-infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill, you are able to expend less time hover over a hot grill, monitoring meat. Released in January 2017 and available for $799.99, its one of the most affordable forward-thinking grills on the market. When synced with your mobile device and connected to Wi-Fi, the SmartChef technology apprises you when your steaks are cooked to desired temperatures, or when its time to rotate your corn, and even when your gas levels are low. It wont clean your grill for you but it will send you a text when its cool enough to cover it.

3. Add an app to an older mower.


While most new higher-end mowers come with Bluetooth technology, older models dont, and some producers are recognise customers dont inevitably need a new mower only a smarter mower. For instance, Craftsman sells a Smart Lawn Connected Kit which plugs into select older models and stimulates them compatible with the free Smart Lawn App. With the app, users can determine optimal times to mow, order mower components, way upkeep and set service reminders. The kit which is basically a plug that goes in the ignition switch on the mowers dashboard is available for around $80 at Sears, ACE Hardware and K-Mart.


4. Consider intelligent irrigation.


There are several smart sprinklers on the market. But Rachios best-in-class model is the only one that syncs with Amazon Alexa, Nest, SmartThings, IFTTT and Google Assistant, among others. Rachio claims it can save users up to 50 percentage on monthly water bills by adjusting watering levels based on local, real time weather. When connected to Wi-Fi, Rachio also combines advanced watering algorithm and irrigation science with user input such as yard sizing, sun exposure and soil and plant composition to optimize watering schedules. It starts at $199.99 and is now at Lowes and other home and garden stores. Thanks to its EPA WaterSense certification, the committee is also qualifies for local rebates.

5. Know what to grow.


While the smart products described above choose when and how much to water or trim your yard, Scotts Miracle-Gro app tells you what to grow in it. Launched in 2016, the free app employs location-specific data to inform users which plants and herbs can successfully grow in their clay and climate conditions. It even sets together complementary combinings that can be grown together, and to contribute to attain everything from salsa to cocktails. In 2018, Scotts Miracle-Gro will also roll out a new version of PlantLink, a moisture sensor that basically communicates with the plant and then informs the user, via the Gro app, of the plants real hour hydration wants.

6. Install a smart camera system.

Tend Insights

Use it for home security and by the pool as a nanny cam. Or, use the John Deere Outdoor Wi-Fi camera to capture shoots of the wildlife trespassing while “youre sleeping”. This weatherproof camera, which debuted last December, offers night-vision capabilities and clear HD streaming via the iSecurity+ app. A built-in microphone even lets you listen to whats going on in your backyard when youre not within earshot. Available for $149, it simply plugs into an exterior outlet and connects to any existing Wi-Fi network. Then, the user can control the IFTTT-compatible camera from afar and receive alerts when its motion sensor is triggered.

7. Lay down Alexa-compatible illuminating.


Toss out the bulky, dated tiki torches and upgrade to these SYLVANIA SMART+ LED light strips to illuminate your yards walkways. Voice commands, via Amazon Alexa, can change the color of the lighting and there are more than 1,000 hues to choose from. The level of illuminating can be adjusted by the corresponding Lightify apps dimmer feature on your mobile device. When youre not at home, set the illuminates to “vacation mode, ” and rest assured, rain wont damage the 16 -foot-long waterproofed strip. The SYLVANIA Smart+ LED Connected Flex Light Strip starts around $70 and is available at Lowes, Amazon, Best Buy and other major retailers.

8. Amp up your yard’s acoustics.

Control4 and Triad Speakers

Most outdoor speaker systems are mounted on existing structures, entailing you really have to crank up the volume to ensure the audio reaches every corner of your yard. But the Triad Garden Array speakers released this May are installed on the ground like scenery illuminating so sound levels are evenly scattered throughout your entire yard. The satellite speakers start at $300 and the subwoofer beginning at $1,000. A separate kit which stores the subwoofer underground is an additional $300. Both can be integrated with any Control4 home automation system.

Katie Jackson is a travel novelist. When she’s not working, she’s chasing after a Leonberger named Zeus.