Using your thumb to adjust the water flow on your garden hose isn’t the most effective way to water plants. A hose nozzle gives you much better control and helps prevents overwatering.
The middle child between the watering can and the lawn sprinkler, garden hose nozzles don't exactly have the easiest job. They're expected to be able to handle a wide range of tasks, from creating gentle mists to water flowers to powerful jet streams for blasting out dirty trash cans to long-range streams to knock a Frisbee out of a tree — all while having the compact size and maneuverability of a hand tool.
Perhaps the single most important criteria for selecting a nozzle is how you plan to use it. For example, a high-pressure nozzle that’s great for washing siding won’t serve you very well in the garden.
Spray Pattern Options:
If you’re looking for a multitasking nozzle, select one with a dial for switching between different spray patterns. This allows you to choose everything from a gentle mist perfect for watering seeds to a high-pressure jet stream capable of rinsing caked mud off the sidewalk. In addition to mist and jet, these nozzles often have several other patterns, including:
● Shower: For watering the garden and container plantings
● Flat: For fragile plants and young seedlings
● Cone: When better coverage is needed, like before a lawn fertilizer application
● Soak: For watering large trees and shrubs