RENEGADE GARDENER

The lone voice of horticultural reason

Don’t purchase one of those fancy twist-nozzle, six-pattern water spray gizmos and think you have a watering wand for plants.

This device is not for watering plants.

You don’t. Even if, as you click around the dial, you find a setting marked “shower” or “full shower.” That’s the setting for rinsing your car (or the dog) after you’ve washed it, but is unsuitable for watering plants.

These multi-setting devices have a complicated interior, but all you need to know is that at any setting, they greatly reduce water flow. Even the flat or jet spray setting, useful, I suppose, for cleaning one’s driveway, is far wimpier in terms of water force than the adjustable, rocket-shaped, solid brass spray nozzle one can purchase at any hardware store.

I’ve never tested a multi-spray pattern device yet that, at any setting, morphs into what you want when watering young trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals: A circular, six-inch diameter, drenching shower. When you hook up a watering wand to your hose, that’s all it can ever be.

This device is for watering plants, and will make you smile when doing so.

You’re watering duties will be completed far quicker with a proper wand, as it delivers more water per second. Furthermore, a watering wand comes with a handle, some as long as three feet, meaning you can water more plants without having to move your feet as often, also increasing your watering speed.

If you water your plants by hand, you need to buy a proper watering wand. This is one of Renegade Gardening’s sternest rules.

Don Engebretson
The Renegade Gardener