A garden is a great way to revitalize an outdoor space and maybe grow a little food but, paradoxically, it can also lead to wasting water.
Several irrigation systems have stepped into the breach of water management, the latest of which is Hydros. It uses sensors and local weather reports to cut monthly bills by as much as 60 percent, according to Inhabitat.
The software takes the type of grass and soil conditions into account to determine the precise amount of water needed. Once set, Hydros will take measurements throughout the day and check the weather to see if any adjustments are needed.
Up to 12 sensors can be placed in a given area and, since they only stick up a half inch from the ground, Hydros’ creators say it’s okay for a lawnmower to run them over. There’s also an app that allows gardeners to monitor everything and make changes.
Hydros is currently running a Kickstarter campaign, and is offering a single sensor and controller for $160, which is $90 less than retail.