Garden Hose Guide

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A garden hose is one of those home maintenance tools that you never think about until you need one and it doesn’t work. Garden hoses are always too short, too tangled, or too hard to find to be useful. It’s not a one size fits all investment. Before you head to the nearest hardware store to purchase a new garden hose, check out these tips to get the right tool for your home.

Length

When it comes to length, only buy what you actually need. The length of garden hoses ranges from 25 to 100 feet. It may seem like a good idea to buy the longest option available but you might regret it. Longer hoses are more expensive and heavier. They also take up more space. More hose means more potential for massive knots and lots of frustration. If you need a lot of hose length, definitely buy a longer hose. You can avoid a lot of extra hassle, however, by simply purchasing a hose that fits your space. The best way to tell is to measure the distance between your water spigot and the farthest point in your lawn. Another option that can help you avid a single, super long garden hose is to purchase two separate garden hoses and join them.

Width

The width of a hose is pretty standard, either 3/4 inch, 5/8 inch or 1/2 inch. Hoses with a larger diameter will carry more water but they might not be as useful for applications that require high water pressure. A benefit of buying smaller hoses is that they will be lighter. For a good multi-purpose garden hose, get one with a 5/8 inch diameter. This will allow plenty of water flow but still have enough pressure to help you wash your car.

The material of the hose doesn’t affect its diameter inside, but you might notice a difference in overall thickness. Most garden hoses are vinyl, rubber or reinforced. Vinyl is your basic, cheapest option. The problem with this material is that it’s not very durable and will likely kink, crack and deteriorate faster than rubber or reinforced hoses. Rubber hoses are strong and long-lasting, but they’re pricy. They’re also heavy to lug around your lawn. Reinforced garden hoses are a good compromise. Layers of vinyl and rubber are reinforced with a mesh lining, which helps it resist kinking and make it sturdier than a basic vinyl garden hose.

Purpose

There’s a lot of information to consider when it comes to buying a garden hose. The simple way to approach this purchase, however, is to simply think about what you’re going to do with the hose. Get a garden hose to match your maintenance needs, your yard space and your budget. Are you an intense lawn care enthusiast or a casual weekend gardener?

Once you’ve bought the perfect garden hose, check out additional accessories and attachments to get the most out of your new tool. Hose reels will keep your garden hose readily accessibly and unlinked. Nozzles for your garden hose will help you adjust your hose to any lawn and garden job.