Today, people are looking to their smart phones for information on almost everything, including gardening. The Arbor Day Foundation, for example, has an app to help you identify trees. It’s called “What Tree is That?™ and is available at arborday.org/trees/whattree/mobile.cfm.
The National Garden Bureau recently published a list of garden apps they had heard about. They ranged from University of Georgia Professor Emeritus Dr. Allan Armitage’s list of greatest perennials and annuals to advice by Purdue University’s Tree Doctor.
Gardening knowledge has never been easier to acquire. While it is still fun to browse the gardening section of local bookstores or libraries, few of us have the time. Browsing the Internet is the next best thing, but how many of us take our computers or tablets out in the field? Almost all of us have a smart phone in our pockets. So, why not use it for your avocation as well as your vocation?
You can use your smart phone to help you plan for the next gardening season. When you meet with a landscape designer, share your thoughts with him/her by showing pictures from your phone, rather than having to carry books or your computer to the meeting. As the season gets closer, you can use your smart phone to plan your maintenance regimen and communicate it to our office. When you are out getting dirty in the spring and you need a question answered, you can just use your phone.
No matter what your gardening question or concern, you can let your fingers do the walking, to quote an ancient ad. More current, regardless of what you are looking for, “there’s an app for that.”