The problem with most mobile gardening apps is that they tend to be created overseas. This means that a lot of the horticultural tips and plant species are irrelevant to Aussies. Antipodean gardening company Yates is looking to buck this trend with My Garden, a free mobile gardening app that has been specifically developed for Australians and New Zealanders.
The Yates My Garden App is a complete gardening resource for iOS and Android devices. It was developed by Webling Interactive, a Sydney-based startup that worked in conjunction with Yates' professional horticulturists.
The app's main feature is its Garden Visualiser tool which gives users a graphical representation of how different plants will look in their garden. The Garden Visualiser allows you to search for particular plant types and overlay them on an image of your garden. The plants can also be repositioned and scaled to the user's liking; a bit like in the video game The Sims. In all, there are over 1000 plant species to choose from.
The app includes an extensive database of information that can guide the user through each stage of the garden life cycle. All advice is specific to the user's geographical location and weather/climate. It will then track the progress of your garden, charting its progress and sending watering reminders for individual plants. Trouble-shooting tips are also included for common pests, weeds and diseases (although many of the suggested solutions involve purchasing Yates products, which sounds a bit dubious.) If you want more advice, check out how to stop your houseplants from dying.
My Garden [Google Play]
My Garden [iTunes App Store]