Posted by Tempest ● March, 2024

Spring into Action: Smart DIY Outdoor Projects

Spring Outdoor DIY

As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to think about revamping your outdoor space. But why stop at traditional DIY projects when you can integrate smart technology to elevate your outdoor experience? Integrating automated or smart outdoor products and systems into your gardening and outdoor spaces offers multifaceted benefits for energy and resource conservation. In this blog, we'll explore a fusion of outdoor automation and DIY projects and ideas for your yard and garden, bringing together the best of both worlds to create a seamlessly connected and inviting outdoor environment.


When planning your outdoor projects, it's essential to establish a solid foundation to ensure success and efficiency. Setting up a personal weather station lays that foundation for any outdoor projects or systems you implement later. By having access to real-time weather data specific to your location, you gain valuable insights that inform decision-making for all aspects of your outdoor space. Whether you're planning landscaping  and gardening projects, adjusting watering schedules, or setting up outdoor lighting, having accurate and up-to-date weather information ensures that you work efficiently and effectively. Additionally, integrating the weather station with other smart devices or systems allows for seamless coordination and automation, further enhancing the functionality and optimization of your outdoor environment. In essence, the personal weather station serves as the backbone of your outdoor endeavors, providing the essential data and control needed to create a well-rounded and harmonious outdoor space.

  • Installing a home personal weather system offers a range of benefits that can enhance your daily life and decision-making processes. With real-time weather data specific to your location, you can plan outdoor activities, manage energy consumption, and mitigate weather-related hazards. Integrating the system with other smart devices opens the door for enhanced efficiency, simplifying tasks, and automating process across many areas of your life.


Creating an inviting and entertaining outdoor atmosphere doesn't have to be complicated. By incorporating simple DIY projects and embracing smart technology, you can transform your backyard into a hub of relaxation and enjoyment for friends and family. By embracing smart tech in your outdoor endeavors, you not only elevate the aesthetics and entertainment value of your space but also contribute to the preservation of local wildlife and ecosystems.

  • Create a DIY smart outdoor entertaining space: Constructing an entertainment area in your outdoor space doesn't have to be as complex as you might think. With the addition of some outdoor chairs, yard games, and outdoor lighting, you can create a simple and inexpensive outdoor entertainment space to use with your friends and family. Brighten the space with planters or a garden bed, build a fire pit, or add a small grill and outdoor bar - the options are endless when it comes to customizing an outdoor entertainment space that works for you. Conserve energy with solar-powered lighting to make your space as eco-friendly as it is entertaining! 
  • Install a Bird Buddy birdfeeder and watching system: Bird Buddy is a smart bird feeder that combines technology with the joy of birdwatching. It features a built-in camera that captures photos and videos of visiting birds, which are then shared with users via a mobile app. Bird Buddy also provides real-time alerts when birds visit the feeder, allowing enthusiasts to observe and learn about their feathered friends from the comfort of their own homes. Not only will you be supporting the wildlife of your natural ecosystem, but you can also learn about the different species of birds that are native to your area!


When it comes to maintaining your outdoor spaces during the warmer months, integrating automated systems into your routines can be a smart decision with numerous benefits. By automating tasks such as irrigation, lighting, and lawn care, you minimize your workload and time spent on outdoor maintenance and enhance efficiency, safety and convenience. Additionally, these automated systems contribute to reducing your home's overall energy and resource consumption, promoting a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to outdoor living. Embracing automation not only streamlines your outdoor routines but also aligns with environmentally conscious practices, ensuring that your outdoor space remains secure, beautiful, and sustainable for years to come.

  • Install an automatic watering system: Automated irrigation systems like the Rachio smart sprinkler use tools like smart controllers and moisture sensors to deliver precise amounts of water to plants based on their specific needs. This not only conserves water but also ensures that plants receive just the right amount of water, promoting healthier growth while reducing water consumption. Pair your Rachio with a Tempest system to complete your outdoor watering system. 
  • Try an automated mowing system: Robotic lawn mowers can efficiently maintain your lawn without emitting harmful pollutants associated with gas-powered mowers, while also reducing the need for manual labor. They ensure consistent results, promoting a manicured lawn, while also being environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. With built-in safety features and mulching capabilities, these mowers provide a hassle-free and sustainable solution for lawn maintenance.
  • DIY rainwater harvesting: Create a rainwater harvesting system using DIY methods to collect rainwater for your garden and lawn irrigation, reducing dependence on municipal water sources and conserving resources. Be sure to check the local laws or permit restrictions for your area regarding rainwater collection before considering your setup. 
  • Install automatic floodlights or solar powered security lighting: Lights that come on automatically as you enter an area of your outdoor space is a great way to increase the safety and level of security brought to your property. Motion-sensor lighting is a great option to conserve energy by ensuring that power is only used when necessary. Solar-powered security lighting is also a great way to illuminate your outdoor space without relying on electricity from the grid, significantly reducing energy consumption and lower electricity bills, all while enhancing safety and aesthetics in your outdoor environment.

As you gear up to revitalize your outdoor space for the warmer months ahead, remember to think beyond traditional DIY projects. By integrating smart technology into your outdoor routines, you can unlock a whole new level of efficiency and enjoyment. Whether you're conserving energy and resources with automated irrigation systems or enhancing security with motion-sensor lighting, each smart addition contributes to a more sustainable and functional outdoor environment. From setting up a personal weather station to embracing innovative tools like robotic lawn mowers and solar-powered lighting, the possibilities are endless. So, as you embark on your outdoor DIY journey, embrace the power of smart technology to create a space that's not only beautiful but also eco-friendly and convenient.

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