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A Guide To Garden Watering Can

A garden watering can seem likes such as a basic garden tool that one would wonder how there could be any trouble in selecting one. However, there are dozens of varieties, with one being more suited to your needs than any other.

Watering can that pours badly or has a dodgy rose is at best annoying and at worst likely to make you neglect the watering altogether. Something that fills easily, pours smoothly and has a consistent spray pattern from the rose is so much more satisfying to use.

We’ve chosen from various type of materials and sharps to test at the cheaper end of the market and we found the best two. Filling from a hose or outdoor tap is easy, so to make sure you get full use of harvested rainwater we’ve also tried filling the cans from a water butt on a standard base with clearance under the tap. Capacity is usually to a marked line, although most cans will take more water than stated.

Behrens 210 2-1/2-Gallon Steel Watering Can

Behrens 2-1/2-Gallon hot dipped steel Watering can gives you the strength and durability of steel with a Vintage/classic look. The steel won’t absorb odors, won’t rust and is fully recyclable. Traditional design 2-1/2-Gallon can in durable steel. Dimensions in 19-1/2-inch w by 11-inch d by 14-inch h, wt: 4.7-pound. Just the sort of watering can your grandad would have had on his allotment or kicking around his greenhouse, this is a sturdily-made product that won’t blow away in a breeze even when empty. Good quality construction. Not only does it feel robust, it was also pleasingly balanced and accurate in use. The rose worked extremely well and was easily controlled. The strengthening bracket for the spout also doubled as a handle when called for.

Cheaper than many roughly equivalent plastic cans, it looks good left on display and is also built to last. Something of a bargain at this price.

  • High quality watering can
  • Durable the strength of steel; Weather resistant won’t rust
  • Vintage/classic look
  • Recyclable
  • Dimensions: 19-1/2-inch w by 11-inch d by 14-inch h, wt: 4.7-pound

Tierra Garden 36-5081R Traditional Watering Can, 2.1-Gallon

This traditional style watering can is great for all of your gardening needs. Made of powder coated galvanized steel with a vibrant color, it’s stylish and functional all in one. Tierra Garden is an importer, designer and manufacturer of distinctive garden products that has developed a reputation for quality products and a broad selection of unique garden hard goods.

  • Generous size – holds over two gallons to save trips to your water source
  • Screw on, no leak rose
  • Vibrant color – won’t get lost in the grass!
  • Powder coated, galvanized steel
  • 2.1 Gallon saves trips to & from your water source

Whichever watering can you select, be certain not to allow water to sit in for long. This has the potential to encourage the growth of bacteria that may be harmful to plants, pets, or even humans. It also offers an ideal location for mosquitoes to breed. Leaving it overnight, to allow evaporation of chlorine is not a problem, but for a week is not a good idea.


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