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imagesTwo weeks ago it was sub-zero for a high temperature up here in North Dakota. Today it’s 65°. What a difference a few days make.

This warming up gets me fired up to get on my motorcycle, start cleaning up the lawn, and if I’m lucky, get the boat ready to head out on the lake in pursuit of some walleye and northern pike! Others are prepping their gardens and flower pots to beautify their homes and getting some fresh paint on the walls inside before travelling, or hosting travelers, this summer.

As our technology integrates further into our lives it’s becoming easier to find sources for just about any task. If you need to do something DYI there’s probably an app or online resource for it. Below are some helpful Android apps that might take some of the issues out of spring cleaning and work around the house.

Yard & Garden

Most gardeners and home owners can’t wait to get their hands into the dirt. Plants, vegetables and the green grass are just waiting to get a little TLC from us to overtake all that brown and tan landscaping. Here’s a few apps to help out with the garden.

  • Garden Time Planner by Burpee – My family used to time the planning of the garden around one thing… get it in before anyone else! Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. Garden Time provides some guidance on the best time to plant your garden based on the plant and climate zones. Also available on iTunes.
  • iGarden USA Gardening Helper – Another garden planner that also provides guidance on when and what to plant, but also has some tracking features, integrated weather alerts and notes on photos. This one does cost $4.99.
  • My Lawn from Scotts – Need to know when the best time to power rake, fertilize or winterize your lawn? The My Lawn app will provide a lawn care plan personalized to your lawn type and climate zone.
  • 1W Weather – And don’t forget a simple weather app to keep informed on those crazy quick-changing spring weather patterns. Snowing one day, 70° and sunny the next. All of this can damage or help your lawn and garden if you see if coming. 1W is my favorite weather app because it has a nice home page widget and interfaces nicely with my Motorola 360 and Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches.

Home Improvement

Ah, the honey-do list. It’s been sitting there, clipped to the refrigerator, waiting for the sun to warm the air to allow for painting, building and fixing. So grab your phone, your toolbox and the list and get to it.

  •  Handyman Calculator – Adding on to the deck? Fixing some electronics? Or maybe you’re hauling in some decorative rock to round out that unfinished landscaping project from last fall? This tool will help you with all of that with a ton of calculators, a note pad for remembering sizes and a shopping list at your favorite store, and many more tools.
  • Bubble Level – How many times have you laid that level down while you worked on something only to forget where it was the next time you need it? Download the Bubble Level tool and use your phone
  • Flashlight – You never have a flashlight around when you need one working on a project. But you probably have your phone with you. Use your smartphone’s flash as a flashlight from a widget right on your home screen with the Flashlight by SimGears app.
  • Color Finder – It seemed like a great idea last fall when you threw out all of those old paint cans, didn’t it? Now you have a bunch of chipped or damaged walls from hauling Christmas decorations and you need to do some touchups with no idea of colors. Install the Color Finder app, take a photo of your wall and match it up.

Other Apps

It can’t be all work. Some times you have to eat, fish, bike, hike, and play in the great outdoors.

  • Grill Recipes – Warming spring weather means it’s time to fire up the grill. Check out some new recipes and eat outside!
  • Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time – Maybe spring means it’s time to fire up the boat and head out on your favorite body of water in pursuit of dinner. The Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time app gives you a scientific look at the optimum times to be paying attention to your gear instead of the beer.
  • AllTrails – Maybe hiking and biking are your thing. The AllTrails app has a great list of trails close to home or on the road. Maps, photos, and more. Over 50,000 trails in the app!
  • YouTube – Need to know how to sharpen a lawn mower blade, winterize your snowblower or change that burned out headlight on your motorcycle? Someone’s probably done it and put the video on YouTube. Save yourself some money by doing it your self!

And don’t forget music from your favorite streaming systems like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify or other sources. Play them over a bluetooth speaker to make the project a bit more fun. Then take videos and photos and share them to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or everywhere you and your friends hang out!

Winter’s on the way out! Grab that smartphone, some tools, that list and get after it!

What are some of your favorite home improvement or gardening apps? Leave them in the comments below, or share them with me on Twitter @BeBizzy!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I receive devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

 

About bebizzy

Marv Dorner (@BeBizzy) is a tech and lifestyle blogger for Verizon Wireless (#VZWBUZZ) and the #FORDDRIVESAFE program, and owner/consultant for BeBizzy Consulting. Have a tech, online marketing or project management question? Give Marv a call @ 701.214.6271 or email Marv.
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