May 9, 2013

Watering With the Faucet; What You Need

You don’t have to invest in an underground watering system, sprinkler system, irrigation system, or any other timed device to water you garden. You can simply use the hose attached to an outside spigot and water from
there. As easy and effective as this method is, here are a few tools you may want to consider when using your spigot and hose. They could expedite the process.

Watering Wand – So you have an old gardening hose and one of those nozzles. Great! We have something better; a watering wand. A watering wand is great for watering anything from trees, to shrubbery, to seedlings. The water that comes out of a watering wand is full yet gentle. Enough water comes out to give your plants a nice drink yet soft enough not to harm smaller plants. The wand is helpful because it allows you to extend your reach up to hanging plants and right down to the soil of large bushes. To do this with a typical spray nozzle, you’d have to bury your arm in the shrubbery and stand on your tiptoes to reach those hanging baskets.

Connectors and Valves – If you decide you don’t need a watering wand, you should at least consider a faucet connector. Connectors allow you to hook up more than one hose to the faucet, so if the kids want to run through the sprinkler but you also want to water the garden, both can run at the same time. Plus it’s easy to shut off one hose while leaving the other on.  

Quality Hoses – If you’re watering with an old garden hose, then rolling up a dirty, kinked hose everyday is going to get old quickly. Instead, invest in a coiled hose that will reach all sides of your garden but will recoil as soon as the water turns off. This will allow for easy, compact storage and ultimate organization. 


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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