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Helping the Garden from a Bird's Eye Perspective.

As summer is approaching, it makes sense to start planning and mapping out your garden and landscapes for the summer. During the season where many people have extra time at home, gardening and other yard-related projects are becoming more and more popular. However, a problem presents itself. No, not the sunburns from spending too much time in the sun. The problem is some people do not know where to start with planning and planting their gardens. Surprisingly, using a drone can actually be one of the best places to start.

When thinking about the different uses of drones, gardening and landscaping are not usually the top ideas that come to mind. However, drones have been used in commercial agriculture for almost a decade now. Drones offer significant help to gardeners and landscapers by taking on some of the work that previously had to be done manually, including mapping and measuring water retention, and drainage and seed processing. At home, drones can help people who are creating hobby gardens and landscaping, but they are also incredibly helpful to professional gardeners and landscapers in their everyday work.

Help your garden and landscaping projects take off

Whether you are planning to start a hobby garden or consider yourself a gardener by profession, drones can help get your seedlings started. According to Queensland Drones, there are multiple ways drones can help with the planning phases of getting a garden or landscaping project started. Drones are equipped with a variety of features, including the capability to make 3D maps out of the different imagery and video taken while in the air. Seeing the designated area from above can also be very beneficial so one can see how well the tentative plans are going to work out. Before drones, you had to walk around on foot and estimate and imagine how the final project would turn out. Now with the different maps, videos and images, it is much easier to be more exact when planning projects.

Beyond planning

Drones not only play a role in the before and after parts of gardening and landscaping projects, but they also help with planting seeds, maintaining crop health, and overall help with reducing expenses overall. Queensland Drones provided great examples of how drones do much more than just take photos and videos. They write about some drone capabilities to help with seeding. This usage of drones takes out a large part of the manual labor that goes into gardening and some landscaping projects. The writer of this post is sure to mention that it is not super accessible currently but is continually becoming more available. The article even mentions drone pollination being a new drone use.

Along with helping plant seeds and pollination, drones also play a vital role in tracking and maintaining plant health. According to Queensland Drones, “drones are commonly used in commercial agriculture to identify crop health issues based on infrared and multispectral imaging, but similar inspections can even be done with a basic camera drone.” Using drones for plant health applies to both hobby gardeners and landscape artists, as well as those who are professionals in these fields.

Being able to catch crop/plant health issues early enough before they spread to other plants will also be very beneficial to gardeners and landscapers. An article published on DroneDeploy explains, “with geotagged maps and precise photogrammetry, those in garden management can save time, money, and resources by identifying issues early and adapting plans to these solutions.” The amount of money that could be saved by not having to trash different plants is well worth the cost of working with a drone pilot.

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