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Hosepipes, sprayers and water connectors

There are many different types of hoses and an even wider choice of attachments, but this section has some of the more easy to use equipment and tools on the market. Here are a few general points for consideration:

  • A straight and heavy hose might be difficult for you to manage.  A lightweight curly hose will be easier to carry and to use.
  • Store hoses at a height where you can reach them easily. Consider a wheeled hose reel, which you can move around the garden, or if you prefer a fixed hose look at fitting a hose reel with an auto-rewind mechanism.
  • Lance spay, fan spray, trigger grip or squeeze grip spray attachments can
    help you get water to hanging baskets or other out-of-reach plants.  Try out any spray controls to make sure that you can operate them easily.

     

    Hosepipes

    Coiled expanding hosepipes save time and effort, can be fitted with spray guns, and are ideal for small gardens. Straight hoses can be stored on reels or in wall mounted holders. Sprinkler hoses are perforated to allow water to sprinkle out along their length and soaker hoses, made of porous flexible plastic, allow water to soak into the soil.

    Spray gun

    Spray guns, lances and hose end feeders

    Look for well balanced attachments that have easy-to-use triggers and spray head adjusters. Lances are spray guns on a stick which help you water hard to reach plants and are usually operated with either a trigger or twist on/off switch. Hose end feeders are spray guns with a plastic bottle attached to dispense liquid feed.

    Water connectors

    Water connectors

    These connect your hose to the tap, sprayguns and other accessories. Look for connectors with large easy-to-grip tightening parts and avoid the cheaper plastic accessories as they may become brittle and snap when exposed to frost or sunlight. Metal connectors are more durable than plastic, but can be harder to handle.

    The most useful connectors are waterstops, which fit to the end of the hose and allow you to change the accessory tool you are using without going to turn off the tap.



  • Auto-rewind hose reel

    Auto-rewind hose reel

    A latch on the side of this hose reel locks the hose at any length when you are using it and an automatic mechanism rewinds the hose at the flick of a switch.

    Find out more about auto-rewind hose reel

    Curly hose

    Curly hose

    A hose that automatically curls up after use and is supplied with connectors, wall bracket and spraygun.

    Find out more about curly hose

    Rainstick watering lance

    Rainstick watering lance

    This is a syphon which sucks water from a barrel, bucket or pond and sprays it out through a long lance - ideal for watering hanging baskets and high level planters.

    Find out more about rainstick watering lance

    General purpose spraygun

    General purpose spraygun

    A large trigger and lock, flow control and spray profile adjustment on the rose make this product easy to use.

    Find out more about general purpose spraygun

    Extendable watering lance

    Extendable watering lance

    This lightweight telescopic watering lance has a small rose on the end and an easy-to-use on/off switch.

    Find out more about extendable watering lance

    Spray lances

    Spray lance for hanging baskets

    Each of these lances can be used to reach plants in awkward places and the trigger is easy to use.

    Find out more about spray lances

    Hose end feeder

    Hose end feeder

    This plastic bottle has two dials to control the flow of water and the concentration of liquid dispensed from the bottle.

    Find out more about hose end feeder

    Wall mounted hose guide

    Wall mounted hose guide

    For use with all standard hose pipes, this guide will stop the pipe snagging on the corner of walls and brickwork.

    Find out more about wall mounted hose guide

    Hose connectors

    Hose connectors

    To connect your hose to the tap, to sprayguns and other attachments you will need connectors. There are lots to choose from so here are a few that Thrive recommends.

    Find out more about hose connectors

    Soaker hose

    Soaker hose

    A porous hose which leaks along its length to give borders a deep soaking with water.

    Find out more about soaker hose

    Sprinkler hose

    Sprinkler hose

    Best used in borders, this hose is perforated and water will trickle out onto the soil along the length of the pipe.

    Find out more about sprinkler hose