Choosing the Perfect Garden Hose Nozzle

From on July 30, 2009 in Landscaping

Most tender-plant gardeners prefer the accuracy of a hose nozzle. Don’t get me wrong, sprinklers are great for saturation watering, but a nozzle does the job faster and is better for hanging plants. But with so many options available, how do you find the perfect nozzle for your watering needs? Let’s break it down. hose-nozzle1.jpgPhoto Credit: chefranden Multiple setting – For your money, a multiple setting nozzle is the best for spot watering of the landscape & garden because it has so many settings. There are usually several types of jet or full force sprays, but also medium and light settings for smaller plants. It’s more expensive but worth every penny, especially if you’ve cultivated an extraordinary garden. Straight – This simple barrel-shaped nozzle is a traditional straight shooter. It can be rotated to adjust the spray and pressure, or used for long-distance watering. The straight nozzle may be harder to shut down than other hose nozzles, but it’s still very practical to have around. Wand – These are perfect for those hard-to-reach spots. Wands produce a light, misty spray, which is ideal for tender plants & sprouts. They’re often used for hanging baskets and seedlings growing in greenhouses. Trigger – This unit is more advanced than the straight nozzle and easier to turn off. Metal triggers are the most durable and are fairly inexpensive. They’re great to have for isolated watering of plants, bushes and newly planted trees.