Watering Well: 10 Sprinklers to Quench Your Garden's Thirst

Innovation has transformed the landscape of lawn sprinklers for consumers, yielding an expanded field of quality performers.

  1. Total Control

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    The Noodlehead features 12 flexible PVC tubes, each of which can be positioned individually, so you can water every corner of your lawn and garden—not the driveway!

  2. On the Move

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    Ever wish you could have a robot do the watering? Look no further than the Rain Train Traveling Sprinkler. Once you snake a garden hose through the yard, this clever contraption travels along the path of the hose, spraying water from its whirling arms. 

  3. Water Colors

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    Bring a lightshow to your backyard with a fountain sprinkler featuring integrated color-changing LED lights that fluctuate between red, blue, green, yellow and purple. From Hammacher Schlemmer, this sprinkler runs off the power generated by the attached hose and  is perfect for adding a splash to your outdoor entertaining.

  4. Flower Power

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    Some sprinklers are an eyesore but not the Solar Flower Sprinkler Sculpture, which, doubling as yard decor, waters the lawn when attached to a hose. At dusk, a decorative flower glows in the middle of this copper-finish sculpture.

  5. Prevent Pests

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    Here's a humane way to prevent vermin from disturbing your garden: Orbit's Yard 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.

  6. Subterranean No More

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    Skip the costly underground sprinkler system—a portable, aboveground system from Miles Kimball can keep your lawn lush for about $20. The staked sprinkler heads attach to a single spigot and are joined by lengths of hose.

  7. Incognito Ingenuity

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    If you don’t want your watering system to be seen, consider a simple sprinkler that blends into landscaping. Covert style comes at a price, though. Starting at $79.50, this chic Handmade Copper Flower Sprinkler attaches to other artisan-crafted pieces ranging up to $129.

  8. Collapsible Tripod

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    The telescopic Tripod Impulse 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 stow in a garage or tool shed.

  9. Options with Oscillation

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    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.

  10. Secret Agent

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    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.

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