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Five apps to help you manage your essential spring activities


Days are getting longer, temperatures are rising and spring is finally in the air. Here are several iOS apps to help you handle the major activities of the season including spring planting, spring fever, spring cleaning, spring vacation and the dreaded spring allergies.

Garden Tracker - Bumper Crop (iPad, $3.99)

Garden Tracker is an iPad planner for your backyard garden that'll let you record the location of the plants that you planted. If you don't have a green thumb, you can choose to grow your own virtual flowers and send them as a bouquet using the Flower Garden app from Snappy Touch.

Chimani's National Parks (iOS Universal, Free)

The Chimani's National Parks app provides you with a ton of information on National Parks, monuments, battlefields and other historic sites in the US. There's also a passport feature that lets you track the National Park system places that you visit. An optional news add-on ($1.99 IAP) will give you daily park traveler news, which could be helpful when you have spring fever and want to get some serious outside time. If you are looking for a place to stay, then check out this Camp & RV accommodation guide from Allstays.

HomeRoutines (iOS Universal, $4.99)

HomeRoutines is a housecleaning task manager that lets you schedule your common household chores. You can group tasks according to how often you do them (daily, weekly, monthly) or by zones within your house. A new seasons feature lets you set aside jobs that are suitable for spring cleaning. It's a flexible manager that can be adapted to work with popular cleaning routines like FlyLady or Organized Home.

Tripomatic Trip Planning (iPhone, Free)

Tripomatic is a travel guide app with information on more than 30,000 attractions worldwide. The app lets you plan out your trip and receive information about attractions that are on your route. Tripomatic also has an offline component so you can make changes to your itinerary while offline and sync the changes when you hop back online.

The Pill Book (iPhone, $3.99)

The Pill Book is one of the most popular consumer-focused drug guides in the United States. Now available for your iPhone, the app allows you to track medications for multiple family members, setup reminders for your medications, and browse through a wealth of drug information. It's a perfect reference for spring allergy sufferers looking for some medicinal relief from their seasonal symptoms.

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