How To Coil A Garden Hose

How To Coil A Garden Hose

Below we will show you exactly how to coil a garden hose through steps and videos. This is a frequently asked question which is very understandable. Coiling a garden hose can be such a frustrating process due to the fact that you always have to worry about your hose kinking or tangling.

Some of you may just even deal with those problems now but that is most definitely not recommended. When your garden hose constantly kinks and tangles, it will only continue to damage it. After your hose has taken on enough damage it will eventually give out, meaning it might leak in certain spots, crack, or even burst. When that happens it will be time to buy a new garden hose and if you only had your hose for a year or two then that is quite the rip off.

Long story short you want to take good care of your garden hose so that you can get several years out of it and not have to replace it so soon. With that being said, it’s time to learn how to coil your garden hose the proper way. Not only for you but for your family as well. This will keep your hose in great shape.

The coiling process might even depend on what type of hose you own but even some of the best garden hoses out there will suffer from kinking and tangling, so it is important that you know how to do this. So, let’s get to it!

How You Should Coil Your Garden Hose

Coiling a hose is fairly easy. Once you get it down, you’ll never have any problems again. Don’t rush yourself when you follow these steps, this will only lead to more issues with your garden hose which in turn gives you more work to do.

Step 1

Turn off the water and disconnect the hose from the water spigot. You won’t be able to coil the hose right for the first time if it’s still connected.

Step 2

Your hose may have tangles or kinks in it. It’s time to get those out. Untangle your hose and lay it in a straight line along the ground. Make sure nothing can get in the way of it to refrain from further damage.

Step 3

Even though your hose is disconnected from the spigot, you are still going to have water left over in it. With that being said, you need to drain all the excess water. Go to one end of the hose and raise it above your shoulder and walk the length of the entire hose. This will allow the water to drain from the opposite end.

Step 4

Now it’s time to coil. You want to start with the end that connects to the water spigot. Grab that end and make a loop about 2.5/3 feet in diameter.

Step 5

You are going to use the over under method now. It might seem tricky at first but once you get it down, it really is a piece of cake. Make another loop the same size as your first and place that loop on top. Now make a third loop and place it under. Continue going over and then under until the hose is completely coiled and you have reached the other end.

This might sound complicated right now. Don’t worry we have a video below that shows you exactly how to use this method. We recommend watching the video of the over under method before attempting it on your garden hose.

Step 6

Now you are going to want to hold the coil in place. All you need to do is grab some rope ties or ties of some sort and secure the two hose ends. You can now place the hose back onto your hose hanger or holder and connect the right end to the spigot.

Now you can unravel it and your hose will be a kink-free garden hose. Once you are done using it, you don’t need to disconnect it every time. Just use the over under method on the ground next to the spigot and place the coil on the hanger once you’re finished.


You might have an idea on how to use the over under method to coil your hose but even if you do, we strongly recommend watching this video which will give you a visual tutorial on how to do it. After this, you will definitely know how to coil and store your garden hose the right way.


  • Just because you know how to coil your hose now doesn’t mean everybody does. You should teach everyone in your household on how to use this method because odds are you won’t be the only one using the hose.
  • Never leave your hose out after use. Some days you might be dead tired and say, “I’ll just coil it up tomorrow.” Don’t do this! Take the extra 3 minutes to coil up your hose. This will save your garden hose from leaking, kinking, or even getting ran over.
  • Always drain the excess water from the hose when you are done using it. If not, the water will heat up inside the hose and damage it over time.
  • If you just don’t like the work and don’t like the idea of coiling, try getting an expandable hose. Expandable hoses don’t kink and they reverse expand and coil once you are finished with it so you don’t have to do it yourself. They do cost more money though.

Well there you have it! You should now know how to coil a garden hose. Just remember to be patient and don’t rush yourself when you try this method out for the first couple times. If you have any questions or need more help with this, please leave us a comment below.

About Mark Radford

Hello everyone, welcome! My name is Mark Radford. To tell you a little bit about myself, I have a strong passion for writing and blogging, and I spend most of my time in the outdoors. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, as you can see from this site. The main reason I created this site is because I enjoy writing and helping others at the same time, and I have a passion for gardening. So, what better way is there to help all of you through my writing on a very passionate topic of mine. Here at Seasonal Preferences, I love to write about ideas or tips on how to successfully make your garden the most beautiful and productive garden it can be. Most importantly, I want to bring more happiness into your life by sharing my experience and ideas with you. With that being said, thanks for coming by and leave me a comment below on any of my articles if you would like to get in touch.

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