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Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Apps offer advice on attracting wildlife, when to plant

  • The Birds & Blooms app, 50 Flowers, helps you identify plants that will attract bees, birds and butterflies to your garden.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    The Birds & Blooms app, 50 Flowers, helps you identify plants that will attract bees, birds and butterflies to your garden.

Your smartphone is probably always handy, even out in the garden, so why not pull it out of your pocket and make it do some work?
Birds & Blooms, a national bird and gardening magazine, has an app for that.
In fact, it has lots of apps, whether you're seeking tips on attracting garden-friendly wildlife, looking for native plants specific to your area or trying to identify an interesting volunteer species.
The magazine is also available online at, or you can download it for iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone and Google Play.
Here are the top 10 app recommendations for gardeners from Birds & Blooms.
Herald staff
50 FLOWERS: Birds & Blooms app, with bloom options for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.
BIRDS PRO: Identification guide with integrated picture and sound quizzes, professional photos, and more than 460 calls and songs.
$12.99, Google Play
BIRD Q&A: Get your birding questions answered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
$2.99, iTunes
FLOWER GARDEN: Grow common plants and send them to your friends in this amusing little game.
Free or $2.95, iTunes
GARDEN COMPASS: Have a mystery plant? Email your photo and the Garden Compass experts will tell you what it is.
Free, iTunes
THE GARDEN TIME PLANNER: Burpee seed company tells you when to sow, transplant and harvest veggies and herbs by keeping a task list.
Free, iTunes and Google Play
PETERSON BIRDS POCKET EDITION: New to the app world, at a bargain price for a pocket field guide.
99 cents, iTunes
LANDSCAPER'S COMPANION: An easy-to-use, comprehensive plant guide, complete with high-quality images for your iPad or iPhone.
$6.99, iTunes
AUDUBON BUTTERFLIES: Track and share the butterflies you spot with your friends.
$4.99, iTunes, Google Play
WHAT'S IN MY GARDEN?: Have fun keeping track of all the plants in your own back yard.
$1.99, iTunes

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