A good hosepipe is an essential piece of kit for all gardeners. Most garden will need watering at least once or twice a day during the hot summer season so the average garden hose will see a lot of use. It will be dragged along the ground, tugged around corners and often tossed aside after use and left to lie out all night.
No matter how expensive the initial purchase, most hosepipes will soon start to show signs of wear. Kinking, cracking and leaks start to develop and before you know it, another shopping trip is on the cards. Taking great care of your hose can extend its life. Follow the tips below for a garden hose that lasts a lifetime.
Pay for Quality
A good garden hose can be surprisingly costly, while cheap hoses kink and crack more easily and need replacing more often. On such an everyday item that sees regular, and hard, use it is worth paying a bit more for great quality. Some hoses are advertised as no-kink and these can be worth the extra cost. It’s always a good idea to shop around and check reviews online before buying.
Store out of Sunlight
If the hose comes with manufacturer’s recommendations on correct storage then read and follow them. Hoses often get forgotten between uses and abandoned outside in all weather conditions and this causes them to deteriorate quickly. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can weaken the material so get into the habit of putting your hosepipe away in a shaded spot after every use.
Most garden equipment gets less use in winter so making sure it is stored correctly for the period is a priority. Hose pipes should be emptied of water to avoid ice forming inside them and cracking the casing.
This is easier said than done. Hoses, no matter how slowly and carefully you unravel them, seem inclined to twist themselves around and kink at every opportunity. Once a hose has developed a kink it will weaken and eventually split. The ‘kink free’ hoses can be a tempting solution but be sure to check customer reviews before choosing one. Some are better than others and they do cost a little more to buy.
Coil to Store
A hose is best stored in a loose coil. This avoids any folds or stresses developing and weakening the material. Units can be bought especially for hosepipe storage. Hanging also works, though using a nail or similar can also cause pressure as the weight of the hose pulls down and creates a fold. Hang from a wide hook or similar to spread the pressure.
It’s often overlooked but a hosepipe is an indispensable piece of garden equipment. It might be one of the cheaper bits of kit you have but it really is worth taking a little extra time to care for it properly, saving money, time and hassle in the long run.