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Whenever possible I tend to let Mother Nature take care of the watering of the garden, partly because I don't like to waste water but also, frankly, as I'm far too much of a lazy gardener to be forever irrigating the front lawn or the borders in the pursuit of perfection. Last year, however, during a rather dry period, our lawn was re-seeded having been scarified, by a professional I hasten to add, who left strict instructions to water regularly until it was established. I soon realised that I would need some way of keeping my new lawn alive that didn't involve me standing still for half an hour or more waving a hose around to the amusement of the neighbours. This is when I purchased the rather impressively titled "Hozelock Aquastorm 15".
To use this system you will need a hose with a hozelock attachment, which you attach to the valve at the end of the sprayer. Turn the water on and the central bar will move majestically from one side to another spraying water as it goes - it's as simple as that. There are 15 spray holes in the aluminium central bar and the red buttons allow you to adjust the angle through which the bar travels from something close to 180 degrees to about 30, giving you the ability to adjust how far your jets go, the minimum coverage being a couple of metres squared.
Hozelock say that the sprayer has gears and a clutch inside to make the bar turn from side to side - I've no reason to doubt them, but do think that their claim that you can water "up to 180m" is a little optimistic. As there is no way of altering the pressure to the sprinkler, it can only go as far as your rising main pressure permits and I think that something like half that is more accurate - I must stress that this is a guesstimate as even in the interests of dooyoo I am not prepared to try and measure it whilst in motion, it does travel fairly quickly and give you quite a dousing if you try and move it whilst it is on and covers quite a large rectangular area, given that the actual spraying part is only about 20cm in length. The device is designed to give an even coverage apparently, as far as I can see this seems to be the case, and I have never had any problems with it failing to work or getting stuck, though it does have a 2 year guarantee should there be an issue - I 've not had cause to use this on this or any other hozelock items so cannot comment as to how well this is honoured.
My garden is on a slight slope, and the design of the base does seem to ensure that the sprinkler stays in place; I've used it water my front lawn, as mentioned, and during a dry spell to give the borders in the back garden a bit of a drink. I find it easy to adjust where the spray goes, though wish it had a "stop" button so that you could move it more easily, my front lawn is too big to be watered in one fell swoop and I find I have to either expect to get wet moving it whilst it on or run back and forth to the tap, to the further amusement of the neighbours no doubt.
Apart from its primary purpose, this sprinkler has had much use in our house as a portable water play park for my children - it's clearly quite sturdy as it has stood up well to this too - obviously it's not really designed as a child's plaything but it does seem to be much enjoyed. As, with our water pressure, the spray goes a metre and a half or so high there's plenty of "rain" to run under.
The build quality on this item is good - obviously there's nothing to rust, but I've never had any problems with it leaking and thus far the plastic hasn't faded or cracked in the time that I have owned and used it.
I paid £15 or so for this sprinkler from our local Garden Centre - I've seen it for sale for much more but would say under £20 is as much as you want to pay unless, of course, you are a more committed gardener than I am. This item is ideal for use in the garden, it's simple, there's not much to go wrong and it works better than other static sprinklers I've previously owned. Recommended.
Lawn Sprinkler With 15 Hole Aluminium Spraybar - Area Coverage Up To 180 M2 - High Performance Turbine Motor - Automatically Adjusts To Varying Levels Of Water Pressure To Provide Even Water Distribution - Full Range Of Spray Adjustment