A telescoping watering wand is a great tool for reaching hanging garden planters, window boxes, and other hard to reach places. Choosing a quality garden watering wand the first time out will save you frustration and headache later in the season.
What should you look for in a watering wand?
Garden watering wands are available for as little as $8 or $9, and if you watch for hardware sales you can get one even cheaper, but if you use a watering wand frequently, there are good reasons for passing up the bargain varieties in favor of a wand that costs between $25 and $30.
The more expensive, upscale watering wands include features that make them more durable and easier to use. Cheap wands are usually made of PVC plastic and other lightweight materials that crack and split when you drop them and wear out quickly.
If you live in a part of the country where the winters get very cold, an inexpensive plastic watering wand will suffer from the frequent changes in temperature and may have to be replaced annually. Three years of buying a new $9 wand and you’ll wish you bought the sturdier, more expensive model to begin with, so why not do so your very first time out?
For just under $30 you can purchase a watering wand made of durable aluminum that comes with variable spray patterns and a crush proof head. Telescoping watering wands can be collapsed for shorter reaches or extended as much as 30 inches to reach hard-to-get-at plantings.
If you rarely use a watering wand, you can probably safely buy an off-brand, but do look for aluminum construction and shatterproof plastic. If you use a wand frequently and plant lots of hanging garden planters, take some time and some care when shopping for your watering wand. Look for one with a long reach, sturdy construction, and a trigger shut off.
A wand made by a name brand manufacturer of garden and landscape equipment or a major hardware chain is usually a better bet than a budget off-brand wand that you find at a very low price. Many online shopping sites list dozens of brands and varieties of watering wands at the touch of a key, and will even direct you to the retailer that currently offers the lowest price.
Shopping online for a wand before you buy is a great way to get a sense for competitive pricing and all the latest features available without running all over town to comparison shop. Take a few minutes to do a web search and look around, even if you intend to buy locally. That way, when you bring your garden water wand home, you’ll know it is exactly what you want.