During all of my years in garden centers, landscapes and my own gardens, I have watered a lot of plants. Watering plants probably seems pretty straightforward and straightforward, but I spend most of my time training new workers. One tool that I consider essential to proper irrigation practice is the water wand. What is a water stick? Read on to get the answer and learn how to use a watering stick in the garden.
What is a water stick?
Basically, as the name suggests, garden water sticks are a wand-like tool used to water plants. They are all designed to attach to the end of a hose near their handle. The water then flows through the wand to a breakwater / sprinkler head where it is sprayed onto aquatic plants in a rain-like shower. It’s a simple concept, but not that easy to describe.
Garden water sticks, also called rain sticks or watering lances, often have a rubber-coated or wooden handle at their base. These handles may have a built-in stop valve or trigger, or you may need to add a stop valve, depending on the water stick you choose.
Above the handle is a shaft or rod, often made of aluminum, through which the water flows. These wands come in a variety of lengths and are generally 25 to 122 cm long. The length you choose should be based on your own watering needs. For example, a longer manhole is better for watering hanging baskets, while a shorter manhole is more suitable in small spaces like a balcony garden.
There is usually a curve near the end of the stem or stick, mostly at a 45 degree angle, but water sticks made specifically for watering hanging plants have a much larger curve. At the end of the rod is the water breaker or sprinkler head. These are very similar to a shower head and have different diameters for different uses. Some water sticks do not have curved shafts, but rather adjustable heads.
Using garden water sticks
One of the benefits of using a water stick for plants is that its gentle rain-like spray won’t burst and pulverize fragile seedlings, tender new growth, or delicate flowers. The long wand also allows you to water plants at their root zone without bending, crouching or using a stepladder.
The rain-like spray can also give plants a cool shower in very hot locations to reduce perspiration and dehydration. Water sticks for plants are also effective for spraying pests like Mites and Aphids without damaging the plant.