One of my favorite things to do once the good weather shows up is head outside to the garden. It always starts with my perennial garden. If you love being in the garden then you know how exciting it is when everything starts to come through the ground. With it being our first year in our new home, We have a lot to figure out with our lawn, well "lawn". I say it with quotations because the only lawn we have is directly in front of our house, and the rest of it is mostly crabgrass.
I reached out to Gilmour because when I worked at Menards, we had so many of their products in my hardware gardening section! I love working with products I'm not only familiar with, but believe in. It doesn't matter if you're a city dweller or from the country, when people came into my store, they knew what they wanted, and sakes alive if we weren't constantly down stocking because our stock always ran out! When they agreed to work with me on a review & giveaway, I was over the moon!
I was sent a hose, nozzle, wand, dual timer, and garden sprinkler! What a great selection to check out. Around my house, they're all necessary. First, let me say that when Fred and I combined our homes, some of the household items that were brought together left a lot to be desired. Let's do a comparison of a hose he had, and the hose we now have! I think you'll be able to tell that the first one is so bad, there was no need to pose it. lol
We don't have any great access to the backyard to water it. The lawn and my vegetable garden both need a hose that can go over a fence and not bend in such a way that the water flow is cut off. Thankfully the Flexogen hose does that job well! It has flexibility and is kink resistant. Exactly what we need.
I also wanted hanging plants along the front of our house, but the quandary in that was watering them. I'd either have had to take the plants down every time, brought the hose up on the porch, or tried to spray them from the yard. None of those were great options for me. Then along comes the 8 Pattern Front Control Watering Wand! THAT was fabulous! The watering wands were always what we in-store used for our garden center at work. They made watering the plants so much easier! Same thing for at home.
I'm glad to know that when we go on vacation in August and then to Peru for the mission trip in October, I can set this up, and no one will have to worry about watering for me!
Now, let's talk about the Gilmour website. I don't typically talk about websites when I'm doing a product review, but their site isn't just any site. And no, they didn't ask me to write about this. I'm just so impressed with it, I couldn't NOT write about it.
If you need inspiration, guidance, and education on all things gardening or outdoor at home, their site is where you should start! Yes, they do tell you which of their products to use in different settings around your yard, but they also help you learn about your yard and garden. One of the most helpful tools I think they have there is the lawn size calculator. Not sure how much hose you might need? It will help you figure that all out! I could totally spend days on their site learning and learning. I must warn you, once you get started going through their tips and techniques, you'll have a hard time stopping!
One thing I wanted to learn from their site was about the best uses of the nozzle settings! Check it out:
Garden: a light rain
Clean: for after you're done working to clean up the floor beneath you
Shrub: good for soaking the roots
Jet: will give a strong stream of water to a far spot
Sweep: a light stream that will come out like a fan
Soft Wash: a gentle flow for any plants
Now for the fun part! The giveaway!! I'm giving away a hose and a thumb nozzle! Get ready to go Into the Garden.