There is no point in denying it – technology is changing our lives, and it is changing our lives for the better. Seriously, we have reached the point where our cellphones are able to do the laundry instead of us (ok they can order the washing machine to do that but let’s not be nitpicky). But what about landscaping? Is there any way that tech can improve the art that’s so deeply rooted in everything not tech-like? Sure. As a matter of fact, technology and landscaping make quite a happy marriage. Let’s see how.
Play the movie outside
So, you’ve created a perfect sitting area just outside the house. The only thing you need now is something to do while you are sitting. No problem, there’s a perfect way to make some use of that big blank wall ahead of you. Buy yourself a projector and use the wall to watch movies on it. Turning your backyard into an open-air theater draws more interesting landscaping upgrades, but the projector is the first step in this process.
Let there be light
The chances are that your backyard is already lit in some way. But why be satisfied with the average? Floating globe lamps will create a very warm ambience without looking too intrusive in the naturalistic environment. If you want to, you can always go for the environmentally-friendly, solar-powered variety.
Keep yourself warm
Granted, you won’t be spending too much time in your backyard during the winter months, but even the sunniest summer days can easily turn into chilly evenings. The best thing you can do to keep yourself warm in such case is to upgrade the parasols and sunshades with the halogen lamps that will warm the nearby space in a matter of seconds, so you don’t have to run inside.
Harness the solar power
We already mentioned solar powered lights, but making the outside environment enjoyable requires way more gadgets than we would like to admit. Since cables are intrusive, and electrical power should not be wasted you can satisfy your short-term distraction urges with some of the solar chargers that will keep most of your gadgets alive and well.
You know what, washing machines are not the only house appliances that raised their IQ in the last couple of years. Lawnmowers grew smart, too. Whether you are going to use some of the robot lawnmowers to get the job done, or you are just going to use some of the smartphone apps to get the better info about the mower (when you need to replace the blades, when you need to refill the oil, etc.) is entirely up to you.
Build an irrigation system
Irrigation systems are another one of our smart companions. Fortunately, there is more than one way to combine your trustworthy irrigation elements like boom sprayers and pumps into more automated systems that will allow you the benefit of staying inside the house when you want to turn the water on and off.
Big fat TV
A big TV is a great alternative to outdoor theater for all occasions when projecting a movie seems impractical. The good news is that outdoor TVs can blend into the existing landscape pretty seamlessly, if you want to blend them to begin with. Putting them behind wooden or bamboo doors will work exceptionally well in tropical setting, but if you really want to score a point, you should build them into the stone fireplace, or some other stone structure.
As we can see, the latest tech and landscape are not only able to coexist, but they complement each other quite beautifully. And it does makes sense. The point of landscaping is to create a beautiful and harmonious environment – if technology makes this environment more harmonious for human beings, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be used.