This is what I use for hand watering:
This is a water breaker by Dramm. Here’s what Dramm says about it:
The 400PL Water Breaker provides fast, full-flow watering without damage to your plants. Patterned after the original 400 Aluminum water breaker , the 400PL is made from high-impact ABS plastic and aluminum to provide a lightweight alternative. Used by professional growers worldwide. Made in U.S.A. 3/4 hose threads.
Here’s one (on a wand) available at Amazon. These breakers really are the best way to get water to your plants. The water comes out fast, but gently. When it’s at the end of a 30″ wand you can get the water right to the roots of plants (where you should be watering) without bending over. When you hold it up in the air, you can get a rainshower effect. There is an even more gentle breaker available if you do a lot with seeds or cuttings.
By watering gently you won’t disturb the plant, soil or mulch. By getting a full flow of water, you water faster. I’ve usually told clients to use a wand to water and lately I’ve seen them get trigger spray nozzles (some with adjustable patterns) on wands. These are not the same. The trigger, not the nozzle, controls the amount of water coming out. It’s hard, if not impossible, to keep the water from coming out forcefully. Even the “Mist” or “Shower” pattern settings have too much force to water at the root zone. The Dramm (or similar) breaker is a nozzle that works gently without worrying about controlling the flow.
If you want to get the water where it needs to be, water quickly and spare your back, get one of these wands and breakers. Actually, get two; one for the front hose and one for the back. Get a long one for most watering, and a short one if you have lots of hanging baskets. Put a good shut off valve on the wand/hose to turn off the water as you move from plant to plant. Save the trigger sprayers for washing the car. By the way, I use a quick connect to easily switch from my wand to my trigger sprayer.
*Actually, besides my Felco hand pruners, I have another favorite tool. I love my spading fork for planting. I’ll write about that another day.