No rain? No problem! Shop Amazon for these products that can help you keep your potted plants, garden beds, and lawn healthy and hydrated.
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After spending cool spring days carefully planning your veggie garden, planting your flower beds, installing new trees and shrubs, and laying sod to refresh your lawn, you may find yourself with a lot of thirsty plants to get through a hot and dry summer. While you can't will it to rain, you can equip yourself with a few affordable tools that can help make watering your lawn and garden much less of a chore. The goal is to water smarter, not harder, while keeping your plants well hydrated all season long. Get started with these hoses, nozzles, irrigation timers, rain gauges, and more.

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Lightweight Hose

Nothing makes watering more of a hassle than having to lug around a bulky, heavy hose. Maneuver around the garden more easily with this lightweight, flexible garden hose. It expands to three times its size (up to 75 feet long) when it's in use, then shrinks back down, so it's easy to store in your garage or shed until you need it again. Plus, it resists kinking.

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Programmable Timer

Simply hook this device to a spigot, program your water cycles, attach the hose, and go do other things (or go on vacation without worries). An EcoFunction promotes deep soaking and minimizes runoff, while a rain-delay feature suspends the program for up to 6 days.

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Bright Hose Nozzle

Get more out of your hose with an attachable head. You can even color-coordinate your hose nozzle with patio cushions or the shade of your favorite blooms. It changes pressure with a simple slide of your thumb.

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Slow Drip Irrigation

Avoid evaporation and runoff by delivering water directly above thirsty root balls with a drip irrigation set up. A starter kit is perfect for small beds or up to six containers. You can also cut and shape the hose to work for your garden.

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Watering Stakes

If you don't want to fill up and lug around a watering can every day, use watering stakes to do the job for you. Stick one of these terra-cotta stakes into a planter, then fill a wine bottle with water to set on top. The terra-cotta will slowly release water to your container garden, so the plants have a consistent source of moisture but aren't sitting in soggy soil. Plus, the stakes will fit any long-neck bottle, so they're a good way to recycle and help hydrate your garden at the same time.

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Oversize Watering Can

If you decide to water by hand, reduce trips to the faucet with this lightweight yet durable plastic watering can that holds over 3 gallons of water. A removable rose spout creates a fine, even spray that's perfect for watering smaller plants or sprouts.

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High-Tech Rain Gauge

With a wireless rain gauge, you can check outdoor conditions without leaving your chair. The self-emptying rain collector wirelessly reports rainfall amounts and outdoor temperatures to an indoor monitor with an easy-to-read LCD. The monitor also tracks rainfall amounts for the previous 365 days, so you’ll know if you’ve received at least an inch of rainfall during the past week or if you need to get out and water.

Buy It: AcuRite 00899 Rain Gauge ($34, originally $40, Amazon)

Comments (2)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
July 30, 2020
Anonymous you hit the point not once but twice.. The tools are too expensive. I'm sure that more cost effective ones can be gotten and some really aren't worth owning. I like LaCrosse items but $110 to determine if I had an inch of water last week is high when I can spend nothing and look to see if the soil is dry. And you insight on the cost of water is lower than the cost of the devices. It would probably take much longer than the warranty time to break even on the savings of water cost.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 26, 2019
Personally, I find the combination of a soaker hose and inexpensive "egg timer" device works best. Gardening does not have to be expensive. If you look at most of these gadgets/timers, they are overpriced. By the time you buy one for your front yard, one for the back, one for the raised bed, etc., you've spent more than the actual watering for a month would cost. No need to complicate things; gardening is supposed to be fun AND affordable.