Metal Garden Planters – Instant Garden Elegance!

Metal garden planters add instant elegance to any yard. These shiny and long-lasting planters make great containers for any type of plant.

These Planters Have Metal
Metal are the longest-lasting planter you can purchase. These are also the only planters that get more beautiful as they age. Metal is an ideal choice for winter planters because the metal keeps heat inside. But this tendency to retain heat also makes a poor choice for warm climates or summertime. Also, because of their weight, they have to be used for fairly permanent plants or to anchor heavier ones.

Despite some drawbacks, metal can be an excellent choice because it adds elegance to your garden that other planters lack. Metal is also a great choice for inside pots. They will be less affected by weather changes and still maintain their beauty. A great choice for inside is a wrought iron wall planter and elevated urns.

Another idea is to use silver pots and urns to draw attention to particular spots in your garden. The little areas in your garden or patio will stand out and emphasize whatever you decide to plant there. Another idea is to use a metal trough to create a flower bed. You could then plant small plants in a rectangle around the trough.

Maybe you can think of more ways to use metal planters in your garden. But whether you choose to use these planters inside or outside, you’ll definitely be adding elegance to your environment.

How to Choose a Garden Watering Wand

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.

How to Choose a Garden Hose Nozzle

A garden hose nozzle is a basic piece of gardening equipment that you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about until you need to go out and buy one. When you do need to purchase or replace a nozzle, you may be bewildered by the incredible selection of different styles and materials for something that seemed so straightforward (before you got to the store).

A garden hose spray nozzle can be pistol-shaped, round, cylindrical, or some other creative configuration or combination of shapes. Nozzles are made of plastic or brass, or they can be constructed of aluminum or can be made up of multiple materials. The shape and construction material you choose for your nozzle depends on your taste and on how often you use it and where.

Price should not be your main consideration. Choose a nozzle that will last and meet your needs, not one that costs the least money. If you go for the cheapest item you can find, you can be certain you will be replacing it on a regular basis, and that’s no the kind of shopping that anyone especially enjoys.

Lots people like to use a pistol shaped garden hose nozzle because they are fun and easy to hold while standing in the yard watering a garden or a lawn. The trigger on the nozzle adjusts the strength of the spray, and such nozzles generally have a plastic dial on the end that can be turned to adjust the pattern of the spray.

Pistol shaped nozzles are most often constructed of aluminum or plastic or both, and tend to be intermediately priced. Look for a name brand, not a knock off. Pistol shaped nozzles have lots of moving parts (relative to their size and function) and the more moving parts involved in any piece of equipment, the greater the chance a part will break or wear out. So quality is especially important with these kinds of nozzles.

A more classic choice is the brass cylindrical garden hose nozzle. These nozzles last forever and are very heavy. To change the spray pattern on a brass nozzle, you twist the end of it. If you twist the end as far as it will go you will get either a very fine spray, or, if you twist it the other way, you turn off the flow completely. These types of nozzles have been around for decades, are simple to use, work well, and can last a lifetime.

If you do a lot of close watering, a round garden hose nozzle might be best. Round nozzles tend to be made of plastic, but you can find aluminum and/or aluminum with plastic construction too. The advantage of this type of round nozzles is that they tend to feature lots of fine spray options, and that’s perfect for close or short range watering. Because round nozzles are frequently made of plastic, you may want to bring them inside during the winter to prolong their lifespan.

Whichever nozzle you choose, look for one with a convenient shut off feature (so you don’t have to shut off the water at the faucet), and look for a name brand garden hose nozzle with as few moving parts as possible. Check out some of the more popular comparison shopping web sites before you buy to get a sense of what types of nozzles are available and what they currently cost.

Then, select the garden nozzle that is right for you and go out and water your yard and relax, knowing you’ve made a choice that will last season after season.