Garden Hose Care

by | Feb 27, 2020 | Gardening, Tools | 2 comments

Little by little, our gardens are waking up from their winter rest. It won’t be long before we’re out there playing in the dirt and getting the garden ready for spring growth. Now’s the time to check on your essential tools – hand trowels, rakes, pruning shears, and of course all those garden hoses. Here are five quick tips to good garden hose care.

Install a garden hose caddy to help you keep it neat and unkinked.

Replace Hose Washers

If you haven’t replaced your hose washers in the last two years, do it this spring. You can buy a dozen for a dollar or two at the local hardware store. Replacing the washers prevents leaks that rob your plants of water and cost you money.

Repairing Leaks

If you left your hoses outside through the winter you may discover they are leaking. Tiny hose leaks can be repaired using electrician’s tape or duct tape. While the water is off, start winding the tape a couple of inches to one side of the leak. Cover the hose in an overlapping spiral to an inch or so past the leak. For larger leaks or tears, you can get a hose repair kit for much less than the cost of a new hose. Just be sure to get the correct diameter repair kit for your hose.

Don’t leave your hoses tangled like this poor specimen. A few moments spent coiling it in a neat pile off the pathway will pay off the next time to go out to garden.

Don’t Store a Kinked Hose

Unkink your hose after every use. Store it in a loose spiral. If a hose gets unmanageably twisted, stretch it out in the sun to soften the plastic. Then grasp one end and turn it in the opposite direction of the kinks. Snap the end up and down like a whip periodically to smooth out the entire length of the hose.

Get the Right Length

If you found yourself tugging at the end of a too-short hose too often last year, consider buying a second hose to extend it or a longer hose to replace it. Yanking and pulling on hoses promotes cracks in the hose – and tears in your state of mind.

A quality hand sprayer with a rotating nozzle is worth every penny.

Don’t Forget Your Hand Sprayers

The hose may bring the water to where you want but then you have to apply it to the garden. Be kind to yourself this year and buy a quality hose-end sprayer with a rotating head for different spray patterns.

2 Comments

  1. Ann McCormick

    Hi Ann
    I am a master gardener from Elk River , Minnesota- Sherburne County. We have a newsletter that is published once a month for our Master Gardeners. I just recently found your blog! I like the article on hose care and am wondering if we could use it- with credits to you? I could send you a copy when it is published.

    Your articles on herbs are so good. I have been growing them for a long time. There is always something new to learn. I am especially fond of basil and Rosemary.

    Your book on herbs should come in the mail by Wednesday. Can’t wait to see it.

    Sincerely,
    Ann McCormick
    Amazing- that is my name too.

    Reply
    • Ann

      Well, hello to me – sort of! Yes, you may reprint that article. Just be sure to include http://www.herbncowgirl.com as the source. And thanks for your kind words to me about my writing.

      All the best, Ann in Fort Worth

      Reply

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