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Dramm’s Garden Tool Review & Giveaway

My garden-watering meltdown had been brewing for years.  It finally came to a head this past summer when I had finally had enough of the hoses in my garden constantly kinking every time I moved a few feet.

My husband would try to help, buying me ‘the best’ the big box stores had to offer (promising me they wouldn’t kink) yet they always did.  While I generally have a pretty high tolerance level for irritating things, when I’m in the middle of hand-watering my garden (something I don’t relish in the first place), the last thing I want to do is to constantly have to stop what I’m doing to walk back and straighten out a kinked hose.

One day last summer I had finally had enough.  It was the final kink that broke the camel’s back that caused me to stop what I was doing, go inside and do a little research to find the best hose money could possibly buy.  Everything seemed to point to Dramm’s products, so I ordered 3 hoses to replace every hose in my garden.  Ohmygosh.  After using them all summer I can honestly tell you that, hands down, these hoses are the best.  They’re super tough, come in fabulous colors besides the usual off-color green and are made out of something like kryptonite, so they rarely kink (and when they do, they effortlessly bounce right out of it without a scratch!)

This purchase led me to try their other products, and soon I was ordering watering nozzles and sprinklers galore for both my own garden and my parents’ garden, as well.

A few months ago I was in Tucson for the Garden Writer’s Association, and finally met the folks at Dramm.  I tried to reign in my enthusiasm, feeling like a Dramm Groupie, but I couldn’t stop myself from gushing over their products.

So lucky for me (and now for you!) they’ve agreed to let me offer a giveaway here for 2 lucky readers!  And better yet, there are 3 prizes to choose from!

#1 – ColorWear™ Garden Apron

I was given one to try and after using it for the past few months I don’t know how I gardened without it.  One thing I love most about this apron is that I no longer punch holes in my pant pockets with my pruners.  Normally, I jam my pruners or trowel in the back pocket of my pants while doing other garden chores.  This works just fine for a while, but ultimately results in a hole.  Now, I not only have a pocket for my pruners, but one for my cell phone, and a large zippered center pocket for anything I happen to harvest.

#2 – One Touch™ Shower & Stream nozzle

I can’t rave enough about this water nozzle.  For one, I love the colors (this summer I bought the green, orange and purple to match my new hoses.)  For another, it’s a dream to use while watering as the one-touch mechanism allows you to easily turn it on or off with your thumb, leaving your other hand totally free.  The nozzle head also rotates to give you either a gentle shower or a stream of water.  I have other watering nozzles that can produce dozens of types of water streams, but does anyone really need all of them?  Seriously.  Who’s going to need a triangular shaped stream of water?

#3 –  ColorPoint Telescoping Lopper

We had a chance to use this telescoping lopper this weekend while reaching up high to trim our Christmas tree, and I can’t wait to use this tool in my garden.  Since it’s so lightweight,weighing just under 3 pounds, my arms won’t get tired when using it to pruning taller plants and vines.  The handles have a super easy telescoping mechanism allowing it to extend from 24″ all the way to 31″ – perfect for those out-of-reach limbs.  Its chrome plated steel blades can also cut through the toughest 1 1/2″ branch with ease.  And, as with all of their products, these pruners come in a variety of colors to choose from – purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

UPDATE:  Congratulations Sheila Shultz and Sandy Luna– you’re the lucky winners!  Please email me with your addresses and your garden tool of choice, and Dramm will send it to you!  Enjoy!

Here’s how to enter the contest.  Just leave a comment and I’ll pick a random winner by midnight, December 12th.  Easy right?  Oh, and please remember that I won’t be able to respond to your comments as it’ll mess up the random number generator (but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading what you all write, because I do!)

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A few more details:  The winner will be randomly chosen by midnight December 12, 2012and contacted within 24 hours. If the proposed winner forfeits or does not claim the prize by December 22nd, the prize will be re-awarded based on the sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. Please provide your name and email to enter this contest, so I can immediately contact you if you win. The winner agrees to allow his/her first name to be mentioned in conjunction with this giveaway.

The number of eligible entries will determine the odds of winning. This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only, who are over the age of 18 years old. No purchase necessary to win. This sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law (not exactly sure where this might be, but I’d sure hate to live there).  By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to these conditions.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and yes, the apron and lopper were provided for me to review, but the hoses and nozzles were not. All expressed opinions, however, are absolutely and without a doubt, my own.  Trust me, I receive products to review all the time and very few actually inspire me enough to write about them!

Best of luck everyone!

Oh, and if you’re interested in seeing more of that amazing sprinkler sculpture shown at the beginning of this post, click here.

 

44 Responses to Dramm’s Garden Tool Review & Giveaway

  1. I absolutely love the design of your garden spot and find the garden art really appealing in your photo. I love the visual detail. I do appreciate your frustration with kinking hoses, but the results of your efforts has been well worth it.

  2. I am enjoying your blog so much. I found out about you through your co-author on Garden Up. We are MG’s together and she designed my front yard a few years ago, you are both very talented designers. I love when others review products for the rest of us, you did all the work, thanks again.

  3. I am going to buy one of those aprons. I sure wish Dramm would produce a retractable hose that won’t kink.

  4. Dramm really stands behind their products. They quickly replaced a failed nozzle. We are eager to buy the hoses now.

  5. I agree. Nothing like having to go WAY BACK to the kink when you are watering and it is HOT and HUMID outside. I will have to try the Dramm water hose. Thanks for the heads up. By the way, even though I live in Virginia and our climates are different I soooo enjoy your website.

  6. YES, the DRAM water hoses are the BEST investment for gaining greater enjoyment in the garden! The frustration and hardship of watering is GONE-how a proper tool can bring the greatest joy! Expensive, but worth EVERY cent. WIll not go without the DRAM hose in my garden again.

    Happy Holidays,
    MA

  7. I have more and more Dramm products, I love the great colors, makes them much easier to find when I leave the laying somewhere. The apron is a great idea! I need some of those telescoping lopers, the cheapie ones I had bent one day when trying to cut a mid-sized branch. Never buy cheap tools!

  8. I loved the info re the watering hoses and nozzles. I too, have had kinked hoses that I threw away. LOVE YOUR BLOG, VERY HELPFUL. Thank you.

  9. Just getting to know you and liking it. Dramm nozzles are the best I’ve used but I’ve never tried the “Thumb One” you show here. I’m feeling lucky! Thanks.

  10. The nozzle would be on my list, I’ve never found a good one! Thanks for the chance to win one! Their products look great!

  11. Oh no Kamille, that nozzle is calling MY name! And, thanks Rebecca, I wasn’t familar with Dramm but with the number of hoses I go through I will surely look into their products.

  12. Hoses – what a pain they can be, but many of us can’t do without them. All these products look good. And the sprinkler sculpture is fantastic!

  13. thanks for the reviews – just getting ready to purchase new hoses (Aaargh!) AND telescoping pruners. You must be clairvoyant. I’ve always loved the Dramm watering wands.

  14. Thanks for having this contest, Rebecca, and thanks to Dramm for donating the prizes. I’d love to win the nozzle or loppers. And if Dramm HAPPENS to want to give away a hose or two or three, please sign me up for that, too!

  15. I feel your irritation with hoses. I hand water too, and my husband helped me by bringing me heavy hoses that they use in the drywall business. They are so heavy; they are not suppose to kink, but they are not made to snake around a garden. Sometimes, they end up in a knot. Your not suppose to leave your garden exhausted and frustrated. The Dramm’s products look fantastic.

  16. I’d love to win a new nozzle, or lopper. And, I’ll certainly try to track down a Dramm hose, they sound great.

  17. Like you I have been frustrated with kinking garden hoses. I have tried several and I have been eyeing the Dramm ones…I have been tempted, but I don’t want to be disappointed AGAIN. Thank you for the review…I will be adding one to my Christmas list….however, I would love to win one since I need at least four in my garden. So PLEASE PICK ME; PRETTY PLEASE..

    I don’t care if it doesn’t fit in my Christmas stocking…..

  18. I purchased a bright orange Dramm hose 2 years ago and though it does ocassionaly kink , it does fall back into shape easily with a tug and a flip of the wrist AND it doesn’t retain the kinky-ness like other lesser quality hoses.
    I receive favorable comments on the color too.

    Seasons greetings to you and your family Rebecca !

  19. All the products sound great, especially when you are gardening with 90-100 year olds like I do! Thanks.

  20. I would LOVE to find a hose that doesn’t kink. I bought 2 more last year from a nursery chain that claimed they do not kink. I beg to differ! I spend half my time trying to get the hose unkinked! I’d like to think there is one out there. By your testimony, sounds like you found it!….Bonnie

  21. I have my fair share of bad hoses, I hear you. If you can believe it I only have one water spout in my whole garden so I have to have a super long hose, and in the summer I never put it back so it is always out, a royal pain.

    I will check out their products, I wonder whether they have a retail store too.

  22. Argh! Know what you mean about the kinking hoses! I also have problems with replacing the sprinkler wands every year…for what they cost, they don’t last. Must check out Dramm…Christmas List?

  23. Here it is December and you’ve got me wanting to head outside to get into the garden! (I live in Illinois, so conditions aren’t exactly perfect…) I’m always on the lookout for tools/accessories to make chores a little easier (ergonomics,etc.) so I’ll have to check out Dramm products. Thanks!

    • I have been using their products in my greenhouses for years, Never knew they made a garden apron. And I have the holes in my back jean pockets to prove it! Hope you have a wonderful Holiday…