The University of Florida has released three free smartphone apps to help manage irrigation for citrus, strawberries and urban turf grass.

They take available information and convert it into a user-friendly format that can be used to help conserve water, according to a news release.

They draw from data from the Florida Automated Weather Network and Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network and translate it into real-time information.

The developers began with those three crops because they already had strong research and knowledge in those areas.

The apps can be used with manual or time-based irrigation systems.

Users download the app and plug in their individual details, such as location, root depth and irrigation zones.

The apps use that data an site-specific weather data to create irrigation schedules.

The apps can be found at http://smartirrigationapps.org.