Everything you need to know about spray gun settings and patterns

Whether you are watering the garden, washing the car, or cleaning your patio, watering guns have a unique setting for every watering task. Finding the right gun with the right settings can save you time, reduce your water bills and make tasks a lot more enjoyable.

We have listed below the different spray settings and which ones are best for your gardening and cleaning needs to make sure you always have the right setting for the job

Spray Patterns

Aerated – The perlator produces a flowing stream of water which is a mix of water and air, which is soft and gentle enough to avoid disrupting the compost in the flower bed.

Available with Multi Spray Pro and Multi Spray Ultramax

Angled – Provides a large flat spray of water which works well for cleaning.

Available with Multi Plus

Cone spray – Offers a delicate spray across many plants at the same time this works well for flower beds, especially when watering delicate new flowers or vegetables.

Available with Multi Spray, Multi Spray Plus, Multi Plus, Multi Spray ProMulti Spray Ultramax, Jet Spray, Jet Spray Plus, Jet Plus, Jet Spray Pro, Jet Spray Ultramax

Centre – Strong central current for a more targeted clean

Available with Multi Spray Pro and Multi Spray Ultramax

Flat spray – provides a wide area of water spray. Perfect for rinsing off soap suds from cars

Available with Multi Spray, Multi Spray Plus, Multi Plus, Multi Spray ProMulti Spray Ultramax

Fast fill – Perfect for filling watering cans and buckets making your gardening efficient

Available with Multi Spray, Multi Spray PlusMulti Spray ProMulti Spray Ultramax, Jet Spray, Jet Spray Plus, Jet Spray Pro, Jet Spray Ultramax

Fine rose – Gentle watering, suitable for all plants. As this spay pattern is targeted, you can aim towards the root of each plant for effective watering with less water usage. Some flowers are delicate too and can be damaged by a spray pattern that is too strong and harsh. You can even blow the petals off flowers or break and ruin little seedlings.

Available with Multi Spray, Multi Spray Plus, Multi Plus, Multi Spray ProMulti Spray Ultramax

Light mist – Creates a fine cloud of mist, gentle enough to be used on seedlings and other delicate plants and flower. For best results, hold above seedling and wave back and forth every day in this manner until they are established, at which point you can water every couple of days as needed.

Available with Multi Spray, Multi Spray Plus, Multi Plus, Multi Spray ProMulti Spray Ultramax

Powerful Jet – A high power cleaning pattern, perfect to blast away soil, dirt, and debris. The powerful jet spray is a great for cleaning last season’s soil from planters, driveways, patios, and cleaning gardening tools.

Available with Multi Spray, Multi Spray Plus, Multi Plus, Multi Spray ProMulti Spray Ultramax, Jet Spray, Jet Spray Plus, Jet Plus, Jet Spray Pro, Jet Spray Ultramax

Shower spray – Produces a full flowing stream of water this is soft and gentle enough to not disrupt the compost in the flower bed.

Available with Multi Plus

What’s best for me?

It depends on the applications as some patterns are tailored more to cleaning or gardening.

For instance, the Jet spray pattern on our guns is great for cleaning, but not ideal for watering – the higher pressure causes water to bounce off materials like bark chips and other mulches and only some of it will get to your plant. For watering, try using the Fine Rose, Aerated or Cone settings to apply the same amount of water, but with a gentler spray pattern. This will keep more of the water near the plant, where you want it.

Hozelock offer spray guns focused on cleaning such as the Multi Spray, Multi Spray Plus, Multi Plus, Multi Spray Pro and  Multi Spray Ultramax, and some towards gardening namely Jet Spray, Jet Spray Plus, Jet Plus, Jet Spray Pro and Jet Spray Ultramax

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