Here’s a good article on watering tools by Risa Quade for Better Homes & Gardens.
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Nothing makes watering more of a chore than a heavy hose. Maneuver around the garden more easily with a slim hose. This model weights 45 percent less than traditional hoses and contains no lead, BPA, or phthalates.
For a natural, traditional approach to healthy watering practices, try an olla pot. Partially bury this terra-cotta vessel in the ground to allow water to slowly seep to a plant’s roots. The pot has to be filled only once a week or so, cutting back on watering time.
Simply hook this device to a spigot, program your water cycles, attach the hose, and go do other things (or go on vacation without worries). An EcoFunction promotes deep soaking and minimizes runoff, while a rain-delay feature suspends the program for up to 6 days.
Bright Hose Nozzle
Get more out of your hose with an attachable head. You can even color-coordinate your hose nozzle with patio cushions or the hues of your favorite blooms. It changes pressure with a simple slide of your thumb.
Soaker Hose System
Can’t find a soaker hose that’s just the right size for your raised vegetable garden? Try the Snip-n-Soak, an irrigation hose that you can cut to size. The regular hose is made of recycled rubber and easily connects to the irrigation hoses with couplers.
Slow Drip Irrigation
Avoid evaporation and runoff by delivering water directly above thirsty root balls with a drip session. A starter kit is perfect for small beds or up to six containers. You can cut and shape the hose to work for your garden.
Mix beauty and function by tucking a blown-glass ball and terra-cotta spike combo into your hanging plantings or a large container. Fill the ball with water, and the porous terracotta slowly releases it into the soil. It waters up to five days!
Oversize Watering Can
Reduce trips to the faucet with a lightweight yet durable plastic watering can that holds up to 3 gallons of water. A removable stainless-steel rose allows you to moderate the flow.
High-Tech Rain Gauge
With a wireless rain gauge, you can check outdoor conditions without leaving your chair. The self-emptying rain collector wirelessly reports rainfall amounts and outdoor temperatures to an indoor monitor with LCD display. The monitor also tracks rainfall amounts for the previous 365 days, so you’ll know if you’ve received an inch of rainfall during the past week or if you need to get out and water.