The Spray & Sprout is a dynamic hose attachment that allows elderly native nursery volunteers to accurately and effectively water young, delicate seedlings. Current watering devices cause fragile seedlings to "fall over" affecting the survival and growth rates. This research driven and user tested product delivers water to the base of seedlings, providing a good soaking without knocking them over.
The seedlings produced by Australian native nurseries play a fundamental role in restoring the country’s ecosystems and combating climate change. The Spray & Sprout is an ergonomic and affordable design solution which aims to aid the important practices of Australian native nurseries by increasing the effectiveness of the watering process.
The Spray & Sprout hose attachment is a dynamic watering solution that allows native nursery practitioners to accurately water young delicate seedlings. Primary and secondary research highlighted that conventional watering methods such as hoses and watering cans caused fragile seedlings to “fall over.” This hose attachment comfortably allows predominately elderly users to easily water the base of the seedlings, providing a good soaking without knocking them over.
A comprehensive understanding of the users and their needs was fundamental to establishing the design scope and validating the solution. Extensive primary and secondary research was conducted throughout the design development process and thorough user testing was conducted with experienced native nursery practitioners to resolve and validate design details.
Prototyping and user testing was fundamental to the development of a design which was comfortable for use by elderly nursery volunteers. Constantly seeking feedback from users throughout the development process ensured a high level of usability and form resolution.
The Spray & Sprout is a dynamic watering solution for a brighter and greener future.nursery research participant
Ashleigh's personal design practice is driven by a commitment to sustainability and an inherent desire to help people. She is incredibly passionate about utilising her design thinking and design process skills to produce products which enrich the lives of others. Inspired by the evolving world around her, she is constantly seeking out design challenges and opportunities for innovation.