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Posted March 8, 2013

Victorians (Australia) now can be alerted to the best times to water their gardens with the help of a new phone app and accompanying website developed by the University of Melbourne. The app, which is now available to all Victorians, reminds gardeners when to water their gardens, showing the past seven days of rainfall in their local area and has a data base of all plant types.

Co-developer, Dr Jon Pearce from the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the Melbourne School of Engineering said “Gardeners from Mildura to Mallacoota will be able to make informed decisions to maintain a healthy garden using the least amount of water possible. These tools will guide them about how often and for how long they should water.”

The app is best used in conjunction with the website smartgardenwatering.org.au which informs keen gardeners with suggestions of how much water to apply and when. It also assists in selecting the best size of water tank for gardens.

Designed together with Mr Geoff Connellan, from the Melbourne School of Land and Environment and colleagues from Burnley Campus, the website uses climate and plant information..

The website enables gardeners to input their suburb or town, plant species, various garden conditions and even tank information for individualised water efficiency planning

“Designed primarily for domestic use, the website and app are invaluable tools that can be used to plan and manage a garden with water efficiency as a key feature. “ said Mr Connellan.

The project was originally funded by the Smart Water Fund. Savewater!®  and the University of Melbourne sponsored the expansion of the project to Regional Victoria.

Source: University of Melbourne

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