If you’re trying to conserve water while keeping your plants healthy, a soaker hose can be a good option. But if you’ve ever fought with a hose that wouldn’t lay flat, spurted water in all directions, and burst after a few weeks, you know that it’s not always easy to find one that gets the job done properly. We were very pleased with the performance of the Dramm soaker hose – here’s what we found …
This 3/8-inch soaker hose system is a simple, quick and inexpensive way to water garden beds efficiently. Available in three different lengths, the hose is easy to cut to whatever lengths you need to design a customized watering system. The connectors attach quickly without any tools and don’t leak (when properly attached). I recommend it for gardeners who need to water small edible gardens, drip water around trees, or who have more than one bed that needs consistent watering.
I highly recommend this hose to anyone who dislikes carrying heavy rubber hoses or hates kinking. At 50 feet, it’s a good length for most yards and, at under 5 lbs, it’s lightweight enough to easily drag or carry wherever it’s needed. The easy-to-grasp collar eliminates hose twisting when connecting it to a spigot, sprinkler, or another hose, and the aluminum couplings attach firmly. While you’ll pay more for this hose than a standard garden hose, it should last longer as the Kevlar woven into the nylon sheath gives it extra durability. Plus, I think that the lack of kinking alone is well worth the price.
If you have a garden and need a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-install watering system, the Snip-n-Drip is phenomenal. I think it’s the perfect solution for conserving water and keeping your garden happy. Now that I’ve tested it, I will use it when I begin replacing some of my broken below-ground watering systems next year.
Updated August 21, 2018 With so many options to choose from and little visible difference between garden hoses, it’s tempting to simply choose the cheapest one. But small differences can have a big impact on how long the hose lasts and how easy it is to use. A good garden hose should last 5 to […]
This hose nozzle is very similar to the original Ultimate Hose Nozzle, but with the addition of a soft plastic handle. The handle makes it easy to control, easy to pick up, comfortable, and relieves wrist fatigue. It still has the same 5 spray patterns as the original version (some useful in the garden and some not) and works equally well.
If you’ve ever used a garden hose without a nozzle, you know how frustrating it can be to get the water to spray out gently (rather than rushing out in a jet) and how cold the water can be on your fingers as you try to adjust the water flow by placing your thumb over […]
If you’ve planted trees and shrubs or transplanted them, then you know it’s essential to water them regularly until they become established. That’s where the Waterhoop comes in. It’s a specially-designed watering ring that provides a fast and efficient method for watering your trees and shrubs with a minimum amount of fuss. It’s sturdy, easy to put in place, simple to move and can be configured to different shapes. With the flow adjustment knob, you can easily control the amount of water emitted by the Waterhoop and can even turn off the water to move the Waterhoop without having to go back to the spigot. Anything that makes watering newly-planted trees and shrubs easier is a must-have in my book!
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Overall, this is an excellent “self-watering” elevated planter – with a few caveats. The planter itself looks great, is mobile and holds up well. I like that it’s made with cedar that’s certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Because it’s elevated, there’s no need to bend when tending your plants – perfect for those with mobility or back issues. Assembly is a little tricky and the optional watering system has some drawbacks but by adding a simple PVC fill tube and some capillary strips, it ended up working extremely well. I would definitely buy another one.
This 4-valve, smart water timer is controlled from the comfort of your home – or anywhere with internet access. Using the free app or desktop program, you can set and change watering programs for each zone independently and at any time. The control box is hard wired to your modem and the valve unit screws onto your outdoor faucet. It’s easy to use, simple to set up, and works like a charm. However, since it works over your Wi-Fi system, it will only work if the valve unit (attached to your faucet) is within Wi-Fi reach.
The Irrigatia SOL-C24 is a drip irrigation system that uses solar energy to power a small pump that allows you to irrigate with water directly from your rain barrel – no hookup to a faucet or electrical outlet required! The system is ideal for smaller gardens and patios, and installation is simple and quick. The controller waters only when it’s sunny (so no overwatering on rainy days) and can take care of plants while you’re on vacation.
As water becomes a more and more precious commodity, smart irrigation controllers are becoming the best tool you can have in the garden. The RainMachine is surprisingly simple to set up and use and will make saving water a much easier task.
Digging smaller holes with a trowel, especially when you have a lot of them to dig (such as when planting bulbs in fall), can quickly get tiring. But with the Lesche Digging Tool from W.W. Manufacturing Co. Inc., the job becomes much easier. And it does much more than just dig holes. For years, my […]
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