Your hose is important for the upkeep of your garden. It keeps your grass looking fresh and healthy. But in order for it to do its job, you need to treat it with care and respect by storing it away correctly and protecting it from damage. Tidying it away in the right way will prevent accidents from happening and, hopefully, allow you to be able to use your hose for many years to come.
In our consumerist society, it can be tempting to take the easy road out and simply replace our garden tools – including our hose – as often as needed, instead of taking proper care of it. Why not save yourself money by doing a little research and adopting the habits which will keep your garden hose happy and healthy, even after continuous use? Plus you’ll score bonus points with your gardening friends, keep your garden tidy and save yourself time, energy and money having to get your hose fixed.
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How Do You Store a Garden Hose?
Before storing your garden hose away for the winter, empty out all the water. You don’t want any water residue to freeze and cause cracks or damage to your hose which could weaken its structure. You should also remove any attachments before storage.
There are many different ways to store your hose but all should involve keeping it out of direct sunlight, protected from acute changes in temperature and away from anything sharp. Once these criteria have been met you can choose any of the following ways to store your garden hose.
Using a Storage Pot
Garden hose storage pots come in all different shapes and designs to suit your garden. They cover your hose completely and keep it protected from the elements. A hole in the side of your pot allows for easy unravelling.
These pots can be kept anywhere in your garden or patio and moved around easily. They will prevent your hose from kinking which is very important to the health of your hose; over time kinks can cause structural damage.
Using a Hose Hanger
Hose hangers tend to be fairly low-cost and can be easily attached to your wall to keep your hose out of the way, as well as protecting it from damage. It is simply a case of winding your hose round the hanger in a circular motion. Hose hangers or hooks exist in many different designs from the simple to the more ornate. You are sure to find one to suit your taste and the theme of your garden or patio.
Using an Old Tire
For a more creative solution, why not upcycle an old car tire? It can be customised and decorated in whichever way you fancy. It may even become the talk of your neighbourhood! Simply wind your hose around the tire to store it away.
Use a Large Wooden Spool
Ever seen one of these at a flea market and wondered what on earth you could use it for? Now you have your answer! Simply wind your garden hose around it to keep it stored safely away. You could paint your wooden spool any colour you desire, or let the rustic wooden design speak for itself.
Remember to keep your wooden spool out of direct sunlight and don’t let your hose be exposed to drastic changes in temperature. Consider keeping your spool in a storage box, in the garden shed or even indoors.
Use a Hose Reel
By far the most common solution to your garden hose storage dilemma is to invest in a hose reel. A garden hose reel will easily allow you to wind up your hose when you aren’t using it and to unravel it in seconds when required. What is more, you won’t have to wind up the hose yourself. Simply turn the handle and the hose will conveniently be wound back into place. Some more expensive models will automatically reel in your hose for you at the touch of a button.
How Do I Keep My Hose From Tangling?
A simple way to keep your garden hose from tangling is to make sure that it is kept straight when not in use. You can leave it out along the length of your garden path or against a fence, as long as it won’t be a tripping hazard. This is fine for the summer months, but once the weather changes you should probably consider one of the storage methods mentioned above. Once coiled safely to avoid kinks, your hose should be stored somewhere dry and weather-proof.