Garden Hose Nozzles
Garden hose nozzles are pretty much the most understated aspects of garden maintenance. The average person does not really think much of hose nozzles, but the truth is, these tools enable the user to control the amount of water that gets released, so the plants get just the right amount of water. These nozzles come in hundreds of varieties and may differ a lot in features.
Garden hose nozzles have two major components – the sprayer and the handle. Most nozzles are made of metal, but some are made of plastic. The best materials for a garden nozzle are solid brass and construction die cast zinc and aluminum, as they make nozzles crash resistant. Handles may be made of plastic or metal. Metal handles may come with rubber or glass-filled nylon for insulation. There are also rust-proof powder-coated nozzles.
There are five major types of hose nozzles for gardening: there are traditional nozzles, trigger nozzles, wand nozzles, fan nozzles and soaker nozzles, with the trigger nozzle as the most popular option in the market today. Traditional nozzles and trigger nozzles would work great for spraying water with force. Traditional nozzles are typically just straight barrels that spout water though. Trigger nozzles are easier to use, thanks to the versatility and ergonomic features of the pistol grip. Wand nozzles are typically longer and are therefore ideal for watering plants that may be a bit out of reach. They come with a cut-off valve at the base that enables the user to start and stop the water without having to turn the faucet off. They can also deliver a good amount of water quickly. Fan nozzles are ideal for watering smaller gardens and outdoor plants. There is no water control but they are good for completing watering tasks quicker; using them for watering delicate plants should be avoided though. With soaker nozzles, water slowly drops out so they are perfect for watering more delicate plants and minimizing water runoff.
Quality hose nozzles also allow gardeners to choose from a range of spray patterns. Usually, spinning the barrel of traditional straight nozzles would enable the user to adjust the flow and stream size. For trigger nozzles, letting go of the trigger would stop the water flow; spray force could also be adjusted by decreasing or increasing the pressure on the trigger. Some nozzles can be twisted to adjust spray and stream size; you can opt for a fine mist, a soaking spray, a focused cone or a full-on shower.
In the US, the thread standard for hoses used in gardening is GHT (garden hose thread), which has an outer diameter of 1 and 1/16 inches and a pitch of 11.5 TPI (threads per inch). Outside the US though, BSP (British standard pipe) is used, which has a diameter of 3/4 inch and 14 TPI. Note that BSP and GHT standards are not compatible at all.
Garden hose nozzles typically have flow rates of 2.5 to 5.0 gallons per minute. The diameters come in various sizes as well – 3/4inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, 5/8 inch and 1 inch.
For a lot of homeowners, taking care of the lawn and the garden is one important task, and quality garden hose nozzles help a lot with that.