Each year Garden Media Group comes out with their top list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting these trends. Next up? “Robo Gardening”
Following our blog on the decrease in pollinators and what we can do to help, the future may lie in using technology to help close the gap in pollination left by this decrease. Technology is changing gardening already. We have apps and drones that can read weather patterns, robots that mow lawns (think Roomba, but for the yard…) and drones that apply pesticides. Whats next?
Currently research is happening to create “robo bees”. These robot bees will be able to identify and attack invasive insects, directly apply pesticides and pollinate crops. There are drones in development that have been 37% successful in pollinating. There are even drones that are capable of “reading weeds” to show farmers where weed issues are in large plots of crops so they can sustainably apply herbicide as needed.
Photo credit: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA
It all sounds like an episode from The Twilight Zone, but it is happening. In our lifetime we will see the effects of technology like this. Will it happen overnight? No. But we are headed in that direction. We are not sharing this to scare anyone, but rather to bring it to the attention of our readers that technology like this is in development.
It is our hope that by continuing to plant and garden we will not need “robo bees”. That plain old regular bees will make a comeback if we change some of our ways, and that generations to come will be able to see bees, butterflies and all manner of “good bugs” thrive. Will it all change if we all plant one more native plant? No, but its a start.
For a full list of the trends visit https://www.gardenmediagroup.com/trends