The update with new features goes live!

The latest update of our measurement app smart to plan guarantees an optimization of the previous processes, but also two completely new functions that make the measurement process more precise and facilitate further processing.

Optimization of the measuring process via magnet and angle function

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The magnet function allows the viewfinder to dock directly to pre-existing surfaces, eliminating overlaps or gaps/gaps between surfaces. This function is particularly useful for directly adjacent areas in the garden. Of course, the magnet function can also be deactivated if you do not need it.

Especially during the further processing of the measurement, the magnetic function provides time savings and easier handling, since the lines are exactly on top of each other and the surfaces do not have to be corrected again.

The angle function makes it possible to measure surfaces with angles in 45° steps during the measuring process, provided that the angles apply to the surface to be measured. The big advantage is that measurement inaccuracies are reduced. The red line indicates the selected angle on which you can move the viewfinder. Here, too, you can deactivate the function if not needed.

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smart to plan now also available for English-speaking countries

In addition to optimizing the measurement process and workflows, the focus in the current update has been placed on multilingualism. The smart to plan measurement app is no longer only available in German-speaking countries, but also in all English-speaking countries. This means that we can now also tackle the American and British landscaping markets. More languages will follow with upcoming updates.

After the update is before the update!

Of course, we are already at it again, taking your suggestions into account, revising the app and integrating more new features.

Stay tuned! In any case, we are already planning further facilitations for gardening and landscaping!

Your smart to plan team

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Raised bed planting smart to plan measurement

Build raised beds with smart to plan

Gardening is en vogue. More and more people are getting back to nature, working in their own garden, paying attention to natural gardening, where you can forget your everyday life and relax. This includes using your own garden - no matter how big or small - to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Fortunately, environmental awareness continues to increase and so it is becoming more and more important for people to pay attention to seasonal and local products. The way of fruit, vegetables etc. to our supermarkets is often long, the CO2-print thereby large. If you grow your own, you also know where the food comes from. That, too, is crucial for many people.

The raised bed has therefore been increasingly popular for years. Made of stone, wood, self-assembled, ready-made kits, one, two or even five pieces, in the garden, in the greenhouse or on the balcony - everything is possible. In the following, we would like to introduce you to how you can create a raised bed and what needs to be considered. And of course, our smart to plan measurement app can be helpful here again. How? We'll tell you!

The design of the raised bed

When it comes to designing a raised bed, there are no limits to your imagination. You can use kits, which are usually easier to assemble, but are also often more expensive. You can also build the raised bed yourself from natural leftover boards, plaited willow branches, stones or even sheet metal. You can also determine the shape and height yourself, although you should make sure that you can garden comfortably and back-friendly. The raised bed should also ideally be located in the southwest in order to make optimal use of the long sunlight there. Depending on the hours of sunshine, the choice of vegetables and herbs is different. In addition, the bed should not be too exposed to wind.

Protect the raised bed from intruders

A huge advantage of the raised bed is that you plant your vegetables and herbs protected from pests. If you grow vegetables on the ground, you will always have to struggle with moles, voles and snails. To avoid this, you should cover the floor with close-meshed wire mesh that is pulled up about 10cm on the sides. Wooden frames in particular should be lined with thick fabric film or a dimpled sheet and fastened with nails / roofing nails so that it does not rot so quickly. In addition, the surface should be level so that the water runs off evenly.

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Raised bed made of wood smart to plan for measurement

The filling of the raised bed

It is practical that the raised bed can be used as a kind of composter and the entire volume does not have to be filled with high-quality soil, which would quickly become very expensive. In addition, the soil organisms in the soil layers that are deeper than 40-50cm do not have enough oxygen available so that they would not survive there. You can stick to the simple rule when filling: The filling material becomes finer and finer towards the top. If you want to plant vegetables, the following filling is recommended for a total height of 80 cm (from bottom to top):

  • Coarse tree and shrub cuttings such as branches and twigs can make up about the first 20 cm
  • On top of it again about 15-20 cm of shredded material (non-rotted compost, thin branches, wood, leaves, lawn clippings)
  • If available, you can put the turf that was removed for the raised bed on top - inverted
  • This is followed by 15 cm of coarse compost
  • and 15 cm of mature compost
  • You can then fill the remaining space up to the top with high-quality garden soil or mix it directly with the mature compost

The lower layers in particular should be compacted well, as the rotting process will lower the content. After about a year, you can expect to top up another 10cm with garden soil or garden soil-compost mixture.

The raised bed and the seasons

In principle, you can create the raised bed in autumn, but May is not too late either. In March and April it was the turn of the harbingers of spring such as radishes, rocket, spinach, onions and leeks. In May, young plants of cucumbers, courgettes, peppers and, for example, chilli will follow. Even the pumpkin can soon move into the raised bed - preferably on the edge to tend over the raised bed. If the kohlrabi, carrots and tomatoes are not yet in the bed, now is high time. The same applies to herbs, which can, however, also be planted around the garden.

Mixed culture in the garden bed

Organic crop protection should be relied on, especially when it comes to home-grown vegetables. Certain combinations of plants scare off certain animals or reduce the risk of disease. Therefore, a mixed culture is also an option in your own raised bed. Here are a few tips:

  • Chervil repels ants, slugs, aphids and mildew
  • Spinach, planted next to lettuce, repels ground fleas
  • Parsley, planted next to strawberry, helps against slugs
  • Basil next to cucumber and zucchini provide protection from mildew
  • Garlic has a bactericidal as well as fungicidal effect in relation to strawberry plants
  • And probably one of the most popular combinations are carrots and onion plants. Onion plants drive away the carrot flies and the carrots drive away the onion flies

The greatest advantages at a glance

The advantages of raised beds are numerous. Having your own vegetables in the garden is undoubtedly the best thing that the raised bed offers, but other advantages should not go unmentioned.

Raised beds allow ergonomic weeding and are great for the back. The height of the bed can be selected by the user depending on his or her height, which avoids bending.

Also, vegetables etc. are protected from pests, which makes the harvest more productive.

No matter how fertile the soil in the garden - planting vegetables will certainly work in the raised bed, because the soil texture itself can be optimized.

And what does smart to plan have to do with the raised bed?

With smart to plan you can easily measure the area for a raised bed. This mainly helps to cut wood and determine the volume for the garden soil and the dimensions of the foil and wire. To do this, all you need is our measurement app, start a measurement and measure the area where you want to create the raised bed. You don't need a folding rule or paper, you can find all the information you need on your smartphone. You can even show this to the hardware store so they can cut wood and you buy the correct amount of soil - it can be that easy!

Have fun creating your raised bed!

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10 Fragen an Manfred Hörnschemeyer

10 questions for: Manfred Hörnschemeyer

10 questions for: is our series of short conversations with the people behind the measurement app smart to plan. The questions are always the same.

Manfred Hörnschemeyer has worked closely with Sascha Bohl since the beginning of smart to plan and is the managing director and co-founder of the company. Since he is not a gardener himself, the questions are sometimes a little different.

You can already read more about the other members Sascha , Marie-Sophie and Marco. Now it is Manfred's turn.

1. What was your dream job as a child?

That changed with age. Until I was about 12 years old, I wanted to be a dirt track driver. I went to this “kind of” motorcycle race with my father a lot. My idol was Egon Müller. After that, I always wanted to be an artist.

2. How did you get started with smart to plan?

I met Sascha Bohl through my soccer network at TSV Havelse. He had the idea for this app and was looking for partners to make it happen. After initial difficulties, a very good team was formed that believed in the success of an app for gardening and landscaping.

3. What shouldn't be missing in any garden?

Natural stones! I love stones, especially boulders. And of course rhubarb. I loved him as a child.

4. What do you like most about smart to plan?

From the very beginning, the idea was to develop an easy-to-use app with a very high added value.

5. What are the plans for the future?

The basic idea of the app still offers many possibilities for further development. And I assume that there will be some additional functions or even completely new applications in a short time. It does not get boring.

10 questions to Manfred Hörnschemeyer

6. Why would you recommend smart to plan to gardeners in horticulture and landscaping?

The smartphone is the future of digital surveying! Soon there is no getting around it if you want to remain competitive.

7. What do you love most about your job?

The first question that arises is what my job is. I trained as a decorator, studied graphic design, was the managing director and founder of several companies in different areas and I've actually been retired for two years. But since curiosity has always driven me, I still try to contribute my knowledge as a consultant or, as with smart to plan, as a partner and managing director.

8. What is your favorite plant?

There is not just one, but a great many. To list them all would go beyond the scope. But I especially like every form of cactus.

9. What is the greatest challenge in the smart to plan project?

The biggest challenges were to meet our own requirements and not to scare off the development team with our perfectionism.

10. What plant would the rest of the team describe you as?

As a good old German oak. It has many properties that I suppose also apply to me.

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Deforestation paper production - smart to plan paper conservation and climate protection

Climate protection with smart to plan

Today, we want to introduce you to an enormous advantage of smart to plan that is not obvious at first glance. In addition to the time savings, the exact measurements, the great overview of customers and projects in just one app, the export function, etc., the measurement app smart to plan provides further advantages that we only really became aware of after we had been using smart to plan for a few weeks. Suddenly the piles of paper that otherwise accumulated on our desks were gone. This not only spares your nerves, because you no longer have to flip through pages wildly to find a measurement or a customer, but it is an enormous relief, especially for nature.

As gardeners, we naturally attach great importance to an intact climate and the most intact nature possible. It is important to us not to pollute nature or harm the climate. We pay attention to gentle soil cultivation, natural fertilizers, select the optimal plants for the respective climate, use electricity and non-gasoline-powered devices where possible, etc. With smart to plan we are now doing another good thing for the climate. We save paper.

We would like to introduce you to a few facts and figures on the use of paper

Paper is a valuable resource that is used and consumed in every company, even if most companies are increasingly careful to make offices as paperless as possible. Nevertheless, the use or waste of paper is often inconsiderate and wasteful. On average, every employee in a German office prints an astonishing 40 pages a day, most of which are superfluous. These are misprints or emails that are only read once.

According to WWF per capita paper consumption in Germany is still rising steadily and almost every second industrially felled tree worldwide is processed into paper. Because the extraction of raw materials for the manufacture of paper and its industrial production have a strong impact on the environment, paper consumption is directly linked to land and resource consumption, water waste and climate change.

Deforestation paper production - smart to plan paper conservation and climate protection

Avoiding paper: benefits for you and nature

If paper consumption falls, less forest is cut down and flora and fauna are less negatively affected. By saving paper, there are fewer CO2 emissions from deforestation and the energy consumption that is required for logging, transport and further processing. The resource water is also conserved, since enormous amounts of water are required to manufacture paper.

If you switch to paperless processes, as is possible in gardening and landscaping with smart to plan, you also automatically save costs. It also improves the image of a company to think sustainably and actively support environmental protection.

With smart to plan you are doing something to protect the climate. Every action counts to protect the climate, which is why it is worth switching to paperless processes, which is easily possible with digital solutions.

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Marie-Sophie Schoppe - team member of smart to plan

10 questions for: Marie-Sophie Schoppe

10 questions for: is our series of short conversations with the people behind the measurement app smart to plan. The questions are always the same.

Marie-Sophie Schoppe did an apprenticeship as a gardener in gardening and landscaping and then studied landscape architecture and environmental planning in Hanover. For over a year she has been supporting Sascha with his idea of an app for digital measurements in outdoor areas.

In order to get to know the smart to plan team better, we want to introduce the team in more detail in the coming weeks and months. You can already learn more about Sascha and Marco, now it's Marie-Sophie's turn!

1. What was your dream job as a child?

As a child, I always wanted to be a vet, but then I found out relatively quickly that I can't see any blood at all.

2. smart to plan - from the idea to the result. What will you always remember?

The meetings in the parks of Hanover during the corona pandemic! The parks were not only a great place to test the measurement app, but also a creative, lively, green and, above all, inspiring workplace for us. Instead of sitting at the desk in the office, we could move about freely in the park, walk barefoot through the grass, write logs cross-legged or lie on our backs and look at the sky. And it is precisely at such moments that you come up with the best ideas that our digital measurement app has brought to where it is now.

3. What is your plant tip for this time of year?

A shrub or small tree that inspires me with its fine white flower clusters every spring is the rock pear. However, it is not only an eye-catcher in spring. I think it also has very ornamental, partly gray-green leaves and the red to purple-black berries in summer not only look beautiful, they also taste good, which most people don't even know. The rock pear has a great yellow, orange to red autumn color and the shrub is also noticeable in winter with its smooth gray-brown to silver-gray bark. You can't go wrong with this shrub in your garden.

4. What do you like most about smart to plan?

I think the idea of the measurement app is just great, as it can really make everyday work for us gardeners and planners easier. Above all, I find it astonishing that no one has thought of it before.

5. What are the plans for the future?

The next step is now to introduce the app to gardeners! And then, of course, a few further developments are already in the works, so that the measurement and the further processing of the measurements are even easier. These are still in the test phase, but now that smart to plan is on the market, they should follow as soon as possible as an update.

Marie from smart to plan, the measurement app for landscaping
@ Marc Erwin Patzer

6. Why would you recommend smart to plan gardeners in gardening and landscaping?

With smart to plan, you no longer have to buy expensive equipment to help you take measurements. You always have a smartphone with you and, thanks to smart to plan, your projects are always at hand.

Another strong argument for using the app is the uncomplicated processing. In the case of manual measurements, the recordings on the construction site must be transferred to the CAD program. Instead, smart to plan simply exports the measurements as DXF and imports them into a drawing program. This saves you a very time-consuming work step.

7. What do you love most about your job?

I think it's great to be able to work on a project for something that can really help other people at work. A project in which nobody knows exactly where the journey will lead and you are a part of it.

8. Which plant best describes you and why?

My colleagues back then in training used to call me hydrangeas (“hoard them”) (laughs). When we created new gardens for customers and had to take out old plants, I always saved the plants from the compost after work. Sometimes it was just beautiful twigs that I put in the vase. I just never had the heart to throw something away. I will probably never be able to shed this savior instinct and my passion for collecting plants.

9. What shouldn't be missing in any garden?

A quiet green place where you can sit in the sun with a cup of tea and just forget the stress of everyday life.

10. What was the biggest challenge in the “smart to plan” project?

In any case, it was a challenge not to lose heart if things didn't go as expected. In between it was really a back and forth with the development. But we have always remained optimistic because we believed in the idea and the app and we still believe! Otherwise we wouldn't be here now.


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The app for outside measurements, GaLaBau

Ready for download in the Google Play Store and App Store

The day has come that our entire team has been waiting for: Our measurement app smart to plan is ready for download in the App Store and Google Play Store. Just in time for the launch of our app, we managed to provide both an iOS and an Android version.

From problem to solution

It took almost two years for our idea of a measurement app to reach the market. It was a long way, but worth it! Over the past few years, we have been able to learn a lot about how a product is created and which components are involved - from research and development, to the prototype, to the unfinished product, to marketing, to the finally finished product that is ready for customers.

The idea was born because of the need for a digital way to make outdoor measurements. Measuring utensils, wind and weather and the paper chaos often caused problems. We were looking for a digital solution that would save time and make the job easier. Since we didn't find anything, we simply implemented our idea ourselves.

Willpower, patience, a great team and the technical know-how of THIS IS! DMG made the solution of the problem possible.

The app for outside measurements, GaLaBau
All surfaces can be measured with the measurement app smart to plan

Results of our beta phase

We have already been able to analyze our app in more detail with beta testers over the last few months. 10 gardeners from the gardening and landscaping sector have used our app in their daily work. Based on the feedback, some changes were made to the measurement app. Above all, we were pleased with the positive feedback on our app.

Andreas Dewald from Blattwerk GmbH in Langenhagen said:

smart to plan can be used for numerous sorts of projects! From the smallest areas to elaborate large construction sites. My piles of notes on my desk vanished, because the information for our projects is digitally recorded, organized and easy to find again thanks to transparency. The decisive factor for me is the additional time gained to focus on the essential tasks!

What can smart to plan do?

With smart to plan, exact and fast outdoor measurements are possible. This makes work much easier for gardeners in landscaping. Measuring utensils are no longer needed, there is no paper chaos, and wind and weather no longer play a major role. All you need for measurements with smart to plan is our app and a smartphone or tablet.

In the app, you can create customer and project folders so that you have a better overview of your data. You can also download the measurements as PDF or DXF, forward them and process them in CAD programs.

To complete your customer and project folders, we have also integrated the possibility to add voice notes, notes and photos. This allows you to bundle all materials in one folder.

After all, smart to plan means one thing above all: making work easier.

Here you can find a detailed list of features on our homepage.

What's next?

As of today, you can download the smart to plan measurement app from both the App Store and the Google Play Store. This means that it can be used on both iOS and Android devices. The download is initially free of charge. However, we plan to introduce our usage fees in the coming weeks, which you can find here. However, the first two weeks of using smart to plan will always remain free.

If you have any questions or want to send us feedback, just write an email to or use our contact form.

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Earth Day

The garden is climate protection in action

The first Earth Day took place already in 1970. On the one hand, the aim is to strengthen the appreciation for nature and the environment, but also to encourage people to rethink their own consumer behavior. The mission today is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide and to drive positive action for our planet. Earth Day has been held every April 22 since 1970, so this year marks the 51st time.

Earth Day

Protect the climate with your own garden

Starting on a small scale and doing something for nature is possible with simple means in your own garden. More and more people are rediscovering the fun of gardening, which for many is often a welcome balance to the fast pace of everyday life. Many people relax in the garden not only on the lounger, but also when watering the plants or digging in the soil. Gardening is climate protection in practice. If you grow vegetables and herbs in your own raised bed or if you have fruit trees in your garden, you reduce truck transport and thus CO2 emissions. But there are other tips on how to make your garden sustainable.

Ideas for a sustainable garden

1. Sustainable fertilizer

How fertile a soil is depends on the nutrient cycle. Put simply, a plant gives back to the soil what it took as soon as it dies. If you pick herbs or pull carrots, this cycle is interrupted because the harvested plants do not give anything back to the soil. So the soil is less fertile until you add fertilizer to it. Many make the mistake of resorting to artificial fertilizers (also called nitrogen or mineral fertilizers). Although this supplies the plant immediately, it does not make the soil fertile, i.e. not more nutritious. If you use this type of fertilizer over a long period of time, you even weaken microorganisms that live in the soil. But it gets worse: artificial fertilizer evaporates nitrous oxide. This is a greenhouse gas that is much more harmful to the climate than carbon dioxide. Treating the soil with artificial fertilizer also prevents the accumulation of humus, which binds carbon dioxide. Humus is not only crucial for soil fertility, but also for climate protection.

Alternatively, horn shavings or rock flour, which are available in hardware stores, should be used. It is even easier to create your own compost in the garden. Organic kitchen waste can rot there, giving off a pleasant earthy smell. The end product is natural fertilizer that is healthy for the soil.

Own potatoes in the raised bed
Healthy humus in the garden

2. Make optimal use of the microclimate

The microclimate is the climate in the area of the air layers close to the ground; but it also exists around a small, clearly delimited area, for example.

In one part of the garden there may be shade, in the other corner the sun shines all day. Every microclimate should be optimally used in the garden. When planning a garden, it is important to know which plants are best to be planted in which location. Alleged disadvantages, such as direct sunlight, can be optimally used through a clever choice of plants. The microclimate can also be influenced by simple design measures such as hills, garden sheds, hedges or trees, which change temperatures, solar radiation or, for example, wind conditions.

For example, a garden pond influences the microclimate and at the same time still provides shelter and home for numerous small animals. Water evaporation cools the environment around the pond.

3. More tips and tricks

Garden tools

Work without electric gardening tools wherever possible. This saves energy and also avoids carbon dioxide emissions, for example, by not reaching for the gasoline-powered lawn mower.


Collect rainwater in a rain barrel to use for watering the garden. Rainwater is the best watering water for plants. Unlike water from the tap, it is lime-free, free of pollutants, and free of charge to boot.

Leaf vacuums

Do not use leaf vacuums, which not only make noise and are bad for your ears and those of your neighbors, but also suck up small animals in addition to leaves.

Solar energy

Use a solar pump for a fountain or garden lighting.

Native species

Make room for native species by, for example, leaving brushwood piles, having old and hollowed-out trees in the garden, or building insect houses.

Insect hotel

To measure areas for your raised bed, a pond or the insect hotel, smart to plan is ideal. With your sustainable garden you are doing something good for the environment, with smart to plan you are doing something good for your mind and your time. smart to plan saves you time when taking measurements outdoors and is easy on your nerves thanks to its simple and precise handling. Would you like to find out more about our app? Then follow the link.

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Sowing lawns made easy

Lawn seeding made easy

When you think of gardening and landscaping, most people think of flowers, plants, trees, colors and scents. The lawn, on the other hand, often receives less attention, although it is usually the heart of the garden. It is sometimes taken for granted, but should by no means be ignored. If the lawn is discolored, gappy, full of weeds or very thin, no one is happy. A lawn has to look fresh and lush green. It is used for games, picnics and an afternoon nap; it is home to numerous insects, mice and other small animals. In short: the lawn is important for animals and people and has to be pleasing to the eye.

But one thing is not easy for many: How do I get the lawn to look dense, healthy and green? In the following, we present a few tips with which nothing can go wrong when laying the lawn.

How do I lay a lawn?

There are basically two options: Either turf is laid out, which is more expensive, but has an enormous effect in a very short time and the area can be walked on after about six weeks. Or lawn seeds are sown, which are significantly cheaper and less strenuous to sow. The disadvantage here, however, is that it takes significantly longer to achieve the desired result. It will take about three months for the lawn to be fully resilient and usable. When buying lawn seeds, it is important not to choose the cheapest product. It is best to ensure that the lawn seeds are a quality-tested seed mix (RSM). Usually, a higher purchase price is put into perspective, since fewer seeds have to be used because there is less failure.

Lawn seeding step by step

April / May is an ideal time to sow lawn, being careful with the temperatures of the past week. The seeds are hardy, but the soil temperature should not fall below 5 degrees Celsius.

1. Loosen the soil

The prerequisite for turf and seeds is that the ground is free of stones and weeds and the earth is loose and leveled. To achieve this, the soil must first be loosened. To do this, you use a spade or a digging fork for smaller areas, or you can borrow a tiller from a hardware store. The area should be loosened at least 20 cm deep so that the roots of the grasses have it easier later.

2. Prepare the soil

If the ground is loose, all stones (> 5cm), root remains and weeds that have come to light are collected. If couch grass or ground grass was previously on the area, you should take particular care to remove the plant with the entire root, otherwise you will not be happy later. This way, the lawn seeds can grow without the pressure of competition and you save a lot of future work. In the case of a new plant, the soil should always be improved. This should optimize the soil structure and activate soil life. Depending on the nature of the soil, different auxiliaries should be incorporated. Suitable for this are z. B. compost, peat waste, bark humus, wood fibers or special soil additives such as soil activator. In the case of strongly cohesive soils, the water permeability can be improved by incorporating sand. The soil is less susceptible to weeds and moss and the grasses can develop better on the loose soil. If you would like to know exactly, you can of course also have a soil sample examined by a soil research institute with regard to the required soil improvement, fertilization and suitable lawn mixture.

3. Create subgrade

Before planting the seeds, it is necessary to straighten the soil. A classic rake is ideal for this, and later also the rake. It is advisable here to create the subgrade with care. So there is no risk that the rainwater will later collect in depressions and wash away the seeds.

4. Fertilize the soil

To optimize the development of the lawn, you should apply a basic fertilizer to the area. There are special lawn fertilizers for this, which are worked into the top 2-3 cm of the soil with a rake. This minimizes the risk of damage to the seedlings, improves root formation and accelerates the initial development of a lawn. When it comes to the dosage, it is best to look at the manufacturer's instructions.

5. Roll the ground

In order to identify remaining dents and hills on the surface, the lawn subgrade should be lightly compacted with a roller. This can also be borrowed from the hardware store. If you still discover bumps after rolling, reach for the rake or rake again to remove them. Once the floor is level, it should rest for about a week. Then it is ready to be planted.

Sowing lawns made easy

6. Distribute lawn seeds

Each manufacturer specifies exactly what amount of lawn seeds you need per square meter. If you don't know the exact size of your lawn, you can easily determine it with smart to plan. All you need is a smartphone or tablet with the measurement app. The area is measured in a few minutes and you can calculate the exact amount of lawn seeds. Fill the required amount of lawn seeds into a bucket or sowing tub and distribute the seeds crosswise over the area with a gentle swing. A tip: if you mix the seeds with a little sand, you can distribute them more evenly on the surface.

If you want to be on the safe side, you can also afford or rent a gritter. This automatically regulates the ejection of the lawn seeds and can also be used to fertilize the area.

7. Rake in lawn seeds

After sowing, the seeds must be hooked into the ground 0.5-1 cm lengthways and crossways. So the seeds have contact with the ground after rolling and they are protected from drying out.

8. Roll the lawn sowing

After sowing, it is rolled one last time in the transverse and longitudinal direction in order to create a so-called bottom seal. In the case of loamy soil, a 0.5 cm layer of turf soil can be added on top.

9. Water the lawn sowing

With a swivel sprinkler you can ensure that the entire area is watered. Here, too, it is worthwhile to be able to determine the exact size of the lawn, which you have already determined beforehand with smart to plan. If it doesn't rain in the following days, you should water the lawn around 4 times a day for around 5 to 10 minutes, as the seeds are still extremely sensitive to drought at the beginning.

And then?

The seeds germinate after about 1 to 3 weeks. In the meantime, be sure to water well. When you see the first green, you should extend the watering intervals and also increase the watering. When the grass is about 8 cm high, you can mow the area for the first time. After about 2 to 3 months, your lawn is finally fully resilient and you can look forward to it.

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Marco Dettke smart to plan

10 questions for: Marco Dettke

10 questions for: is our series of short conversations with the people behind the measurement app smart to plan. The questions are always the same.

Marco Dettke supports smart to plan in marketing and sales and, in addition to building networks, is also responsible for social media. However, Marco is not himself a gardener, which is why the questions to him are sometimes somewhat different.

You can already find out more about Sascha Bohl, now it's Marco's turn.

1. What was your dream job as a child?

As a child, I always wanted to be a professional footballer. I played soccer for almost 20 years in the club and then had to limit my hobby to playing football, for example because of my part-time studies. Looking back, I am very satisfied with the way I have chosen my personal and professional path.

2. How did you get from a student (Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration) to smart to plan?

In my part-time course in "Business Administration", I chose marketing and sales as a major, and I am very interested in this topic. Sascha, the founder of the project, and Marie, who has been with us for around a year, gave me the opportunity to work in precisely these areas.

3. What shouldn't be missing in any garden for you?

For me, a barbecue definitely belongs in a garden! I love to spend cozy evenings with friends or families when the weather is nice, with delicious food and a cool drink.

4. What do you like most about smart to plan?

Even if gardening and landscaping is a completely new experience for me, you quickly notice how innovative and helpful the app is for this area. The uncomplicated handling, the time savings and a number of other features that the app brings with it will be very helpful for all gardeners in horticulture and landscaping in the future.

5. What are the plans for the future?

We are at a point that is very crucial for the future. We have completed and evaluated the beta phase. We're almost ready to hit the market. We are all very excited and excited to see where the journey is headed. The plan for the future is of course the constant further development of the team, the app and the market.

6. Why would you recommend smart to plan to gardeners in gardening and landscaping?

By using the app, you can save yourself having to carry along all utensils, such as a running bike, measuring tape, plans, pens, etc. This not only relieves the nerves, it also saves a lot of time that can be used for other purposes.

Marco Dettke - team member of smart to plan

7. What do you love most about your job?

I love the friendly atmosphere in the team. There are always new and varied topics and ideas that are being worked on. Furthermore, it is of course incredibly exciting to set up, develop and successfully shape a small company.

8. What is your favorite plant?

Hard to say... But since I like to travel and vacation on the beach, I spontaneously thought of a palm tree first (laughs).

9. What is the greatest challenge in the smart to plan project?

The greatest challenge was to find one's way into the new territory of gardening and landscaping. Of course, it was also challenging to apply theoretical knowledge, for example in the field of marketing, in a practical way. I really enjoy facing challenges that also promote professional and personal development.

10. Which plant would Marie and Sascha describe you as?

Larix decidua (European larch). It sprouts in the spring. I also came to smart to plan in the spring. “European” stands for our planned expansion of the app in Europe, for which marketing is of course very important.


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The garden calls

After many cold, snowy or rainy days, the time has finally come: Spring is here, and not just on the calendar. The sun is shining, some plants are already showing their buds, the grass begins to grow - it becomes greener and more colorful around us again. And especially in the corona pandemic, that's not only nice, but also balm for the soul.

The smart to plan team is also happy about this. Measuring outdoors with our app is already good fun. But it's even more fun in the sun and the coming warmth. For us, spring also means that our app for digital measurements will soon be regularly launched on the market.

What does spring mean for our gardens and thus for us gardeners?

Seasons have always played an important role in the garden. In order to keep a garden healthy and attractive, it has to be taken care of with different seasonal measures. Now in the spring, winter debris such as leaves and sticks must be removed to protect them from the winter sun in order to prepare the growth for the summer. It is time for the first spring cut, scarifying, reseeding if necessary, regular mowing, soil maintenance, etc. Technical devices such as pond robots or irrigation systems must also be reactivated and awaken from their hibernation.

Spring time is planting time

In particular, we can now plant summer and autumn flowering shrubs, roses, grasses, trees and hedges. Spring is the right time for new accents in your garden. You can again plant plants that will soon exude a wonderful scent in your garden and invite insects and birds. The time has come again to plant the beloved raised beds. You will soon be able to harvest vegetables and herbs. In March and early April it is about time for the heralds of spring among the vegetables such as radishes, rocket, lettuce, spinach, radish and parsley. At the end of April, leeks, onions and spring onions are also added.

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Spring at smart to plan

This year, of course, the growing grass, the sun, more time outside and the scent of the flowers give us spring fever. But one thing is very special for us this year: Our app is ready, the beta phase is almost over and in a few weeks we will start regularly offering our app for digital measurements outdoors. We can hardly wait to give numerous gardeners in GaLaBau more time this year thanks to our app. With smart to plan, measurements are not only exact, you can save around 75% of your time. And you only need your smartphone! Stay up to date and subscribe to ours Newsletter or look all Features in detail.



Test now 14 days for free

You can download smart to plan from the App Store as well as Google Play Store
and test it free of charge for the first 14 days.