We have a small yard and several flower beds in it, and we'd like to get a sprinkler to move from place to place rather than having to stand out there with the hose to water. I know...Why we've owned our house three years and are just now getting a sprinkler, don't ask me! ;)
What inexpensive brands are the best? By inexpensive, I mean around $15 and under if possible. Is the kind which sprays the water in circles more effecient than the kind which just rotates in the one spot and makes an arc of water?
Kimberley, I have not found a good sprinkler yet. It seems they only last one year and are shot. I have a friend watching at rummage sales for some of the old metal ones. These plastic jobbies now seem to be stuck in one position more often than they are going around like they are supposed to. I have to keep watching out the window to see if they are still moving or drowning one area.
I hope someone can recommend something. I'll be watching this thread too.
we have had so many sprinklers it is funny. dh and i can not agree on which one we like better. he waters the lawn so he uses the one that shots it out and rotates. i can't explain that one lol. i like my plastic one that i got at walmart i think. it has an assortment of sprayers you turn the head and pick the design you want at the time. that works best for me in the beds. then i pick and choose who likes more water who doesn't. i think this one was around $5. and have had it for 2 yrs now.
Now's probably an excellent time to pick one up - a lot of places are doing seasonal clearance on gardening "stuff". When I visited my mom, we hit Ace and Tru Value hardware; both had their lawn/garden stuff on sale.
I've lost my favorite sprinkler. It's a plain-jane, brass one that sits down on the ground, and sprays water about 3-5 feet high, covering an area about 6' in diameter. No moving parts, nothing to wear out or rust. Last summer, I'd set it where I wanted it to water, set my stove timer for 15 or 20 minutes, then go move it. (It gave me some exercise to get up and move it every few minutes, AND I didn't have to worry about it getting stuck in one position and blasting some hapless plants :)
The tractor-type sprinklers work pretty good too as long as the grass isn't too thick, or the terrain too bumpy.
I have to water from overhead, because of all the tall plants. I found this copper circle thing (nice description?) on a riser of about 4' at Walmart for $12.00. When the water is turned on, the circle spins around for a pattern. Only problem is it doesn't go very far. So I cut the circle thing off and sodered on a connection to accept a knocker head. This combination really works and is strong with the copper tubing.
Kimberly, I just got an old-fashioned circular sprinkler for a client. It's brass, and has adjustable nozzel tips that go from fine to almost a stream, and you can vary the pressure to water from 6 feet to 45 feet in diameter. I have to go over there today and I'll get the name.
Kimberly, I didn't get over there today afterall, so it will be Tuesday. It was around $25, but at the most expensive garden store around. Probably $15-18 most other places. I want one for myself as they are made so well, and will try to find a source online. I'm sooo tired of throwing away plastic ones!
I have a brass one shaped like a fish. It is stationary, with a metal spike you push into the ground and has a spray pattern of about a 12 foot circle. I bought it at Joanne Fabric(go figure!!) after summer sale for about $5 and got one shaped like a frog as a gift for a friend (several years ago.) I bent the spike this year( that ground was REALLY dry!!!)but it works well still.Go for the brass rather than plastic I think. MW
I found an impact sprinkler at Wal-Mart on clearance for $9.97 (normally $14.95). It is made of all metal (nickel, I think) with a big spike you can stick down into the ground. It looks like it has a good variety of spray patterns possible, so I'm excited to give 'er a whirl tomorrow. :D And what's nice about Wal-Mart is, I know they'll take it back no questions asked if I hand 'em that nice receipt.