No rain? No problem! These products will help you sail through dry weather knowing your thirsty potted plants, garden beds, and lawn have everything they need to stay healthy and hydrated. As a bonus, they're all available on Amazon!

By Risa Quade
Updated July 20, 2020
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You spent hours and hours planning your veggie garden, planting your flower beds, and laying sod in tricky areas of the lawn just to have a hot and dry summer. So what do you do? Since you can't will it to rain, try some of these products for easy dry lawn solutions. They’ll make it a lot easier to hydrate all your plants without making dozens of trips with a tiny watering can. Keep your garden from getting scorched so you can have a growing season that’s not brown and wilted but filled with lush, beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables and fruits.

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Lightweight Hose

Nothing makes watering more of a chore than a heavy hose. Maneuver around the garden more easily with a slim hose. This lightweight, flexible garden hose 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.

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.

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.

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 the 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 a 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 delicate flowers or sprouts.

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 LCD display. The monitor also tracks rainfall amounts for the previous 365 days, so you’ll know if you’ve received an inch of rainfall during the past week or if you need to get out and water.

Comments (2)

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.
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.