Choosing Garden Watering Equipment

A watering can is the first piece of watering equipment one thinks of when considering garden watering equipment. You would think that a watering can is a watering can is a watering can. Not so! When looking at them, you should think about what you are going to use your watering can for. If you have a greenhouse, then you need a long spout so that it will reach the back of the staging. Buy the largest watering can you can comfortably carry, but remember it will be considerably heavier when filled with water. I prefer a plastic watering can rather than a metal one. Even if it it galvanised, it may well get damaged and will eventually rust. Plastic cans are also lighter. Look carefully at the spout. Although watering cans with removeable spouts seem like a fantastic idea because they take up less space’ they tend to leak rather badly, so one with a fixed spout is much more useful. You will need a fine rose for watering seedlings and a coarser rose may be useful for other waterings.

A hosepipe is another very useful piece of equipment. When you are watering the garden, it needs to be thorough. Buy the most expensive hose you can afford, it will not kink so easily. Ideally you should store your hose on a reel, preferably a through feed type which allows you to unroll just the amount of hose you need. There are a large number of fittings available for use with a hose. Hoselock supply a large number of systems to suit any garden or need. Just choose those which suit you.

A seep hose is often useful. It slowly drips water along its length and you can leave it permanently in position, just switching it on when you need it.

A sprinkler is often a useful tool. You can never get enough water on your garden by standing holding a hose, a sprinkler answers this problem. Choose one with a fine spray pattern and , if possible, one mounted on a tall stand so that it covers a large area at one time.

Remember to look at the rules for your area of the country. You will probably require a  licence to use a hose and a sprinkler. These are supplied by the water company covering your area and you will find that in a prolonged draught (just when you need it) you will not be allowed to use the hose or sprinkler.

The last piece of equipment which is useful is a sprayer. Although spraying chemicals on your plants is a last resort., there may be times when it becomes  necessary. If you buy a sprayer which breaks up the solution into small droplets and deposits them evenly, you require less chemicals.