On the Move
Here's a humane way to prevent vermin from disturbing your garden: Orbit's Enforcer Motion Activated Pest Deterrent Sprinkler. This high-tech sprinkler uses sound, motion, and water to keep animals away. It also can be programed as a regular timed sprinkler. Available on Amazon; $59.99.
Subterranean No More
The telescopic Orbit 58308 Tripod Base Sprinkler adjusts up and down, enabling gardeners to customize the spraying area. Meanwhile, the sprinkler's rotating head allows for partial- or full-circle water distribution. The metal frame, sturdy when expanded, conveniently folds into a compact size that is easy to stow in a garage or tool shed. Available on Amazon; $46.19.
Options with Oscillation
Lack of range has resulted in a bad rep for oscillating lawn sprinklers, classic though they may be. Compared to the standard design, the Pattern Master Polymer Sprinkler provides superior flexibility, with its spray tube flexing to adjust the width of coverage. Plus, its rotating dials allow you to create your own pattern of movement. Available on Amazon; $19.99.
Rather than snake unsightly hoses around the yard, why not position an adjustable sprinkler so that it peeks over the tops of waist-level shrubs? Extendable to 50 inches high, the Hideaway Sprinkler features an adjustable watering pattern that delivers even coverage. Available on Amazon; $19.39.
Low and Slow
To water target areas without creating overspray, consider an option like the Melnor Flat Soaker Hose. When connected to a water source, the hose expands to allow water to seep slowly into the soil where it can reach plant roots. When it's time to pack up the garden hose, fold it flat for easy storage. Available on Amazon; $19.99.
Whichever sprinkler you choose, your lawn with thank you.
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