In mid-May the University of Connecticut announced an expansion to its free rain-garden smartphone application. It is now a multistate application, available for both iOS and Android devices, that contains information on plants, sizing, and soils for 13 states. Originally developed for Connecticut with funding from Connecticut Sea Grant, the rain-garden mobile application helps users properly site, size, install, and maintain a rain garden. It includes a series of video tutorials, a Google maps-based sizing tool, Natural Resources Conservation Service soils data, a plant selector tool, and a personalized database to manage rain garden projects.
With funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and partner assistance, the University of Connecticut has reconfigured the application to allow for state-specific information, including local data on plants, standards, and soils.
The iPhone/iPad version now includes information for Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont. The full multistate Android version is slated to be available by July. Currently state information on that version is available for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.