How To Bury a Garden Hose the Right Way

fixing a soaker hose

If you are someone with a large yard and you need to constantly water your gardens, flower beds, or fill up your livestock watering trough, then doing this everyday by carrying and rolling out your hose and coiling it back up each time can be a pain. So maybe you have wondered if you can bury your garden hose to do this more efficiently and how do you even go about this?

I have a large yard – just short of one acre. I have two faucets, one right off the brick of my house in the backyard and the other in our garage. The problem is that I have a couple gardens, flowering beds as well as some things I like to power-wash here and there that are not too close too my house. Instead of dragging my longest garden hose every single time to these locations, I decided to bury one right into that area which was actually pretty easy.

Burying a garden hose is a good idea if you are tired of dragging your garden hose and coiling it back up each and every time you need to water your garden that is not so close to your faucet. This can be tiring especially if your hose is heavy and it may difficult with annoying obstacles in the way like bushes and trees. You may also want to leave your garden hose laid out for a season and obviously do not want to just lay it visibly on your ground.

Whatever your reason, you can bury a garden hose and we will show you how to do this. There are just a couple things you are going to want to keep in mind.

What To Consider When Burying a Garden Hose

So of course it is possible. Anyone can bury a garden hose if they want to. No one is stopping you. The more pressing question is if it’s a good idea and how do you do it. The main factors you have to consider is climate, the type of ground, type of hose, and any chewing critters you may have in the area.

What About Freezing Temperatures?

This is probably the most important think to look out for. Of course, you won’t run into any climate/temperature problems when your hose is buried during the warmer months. It’s the winter that can be a little scary. Personally, I think burying a garden hose should just be a seasonal thing and you should dig it back up before the winter comes. This is definitely a pain though and so here are some things you can do to prepare if you will be leaving your hose buried all year long.

snow with curly trench in it

First off, your garden hose will not freeze as easily underground as it would laid above the ground. However, if you do reach extreme winter temperatures that freeze your ground significantly deeper, then the hose will most likely freeze also.

Bury A Weatherproof Garden Hose

Many modern manufactured hoses are more efficiently developed to withstand drastic temperature fluctuations, both extreme heat and cold. As such, there are more temperature-inclined garden hoses that are more suited for burying underground. These hoses can handle freezing temperatures really well and are a good idea since another problem you could run into is the water freezing in your hose which makes it easier for the hose to break down and restrict water flow.

Other Winter Preparations

Blowing the line out for the winter (like you would for a sprinkler system) is a strongly recommended idea. If you do not do this, then the hose will be pretty much useless until the ground is completely thawed. Chances are you will not dig below the frost line anyways and so blowing the hose line out before winter is a good idea.

As for other considerations to fight off freezing temperatures, you may be interested in PVC tubing, PEX, or polypipe lines. These are generally more winter flexible and can sustain freezing temperatures and winter pressure better than commercial rubber lines.

On a side note, I have seen some people that just buried their rubber garden hoses underneath leaves and mulch and didn’t even blow them out for the winter. What they did was just unscrew the connection from the spigot, remove the sprayer end and let the hose drain out for the winter. And they still worked completely fine the next season.

forum answers of users describing their experience burying a rubber garden hose

Ground Type and Biting Critters

Another thing to consider when burying your garden hose is how easy you can dig into your ground conditions. This is not so much of a problem but obviously some ground conditions will be easier to dig into than others. Very rocky or solid soil will be more difficult. However, there are always ways around this if you really need to bury your hose.

squirrel on grass

As for those small biting rodents like moles, rats, or mice, they are more drawn to wet and damp areas as most rodents are drawn to wet conditions. So this may not be an issue depending on where you live. If you know you have rodents that like to dig and burrow themselves and then can possibly chew up your hose, you may want to dig deeper or bury a hose that is completely animal proof like a stainless steel garden hose.

What Type of Hose Should I Bury Underground?

People will have different opinions regarding this but I will try to be as honest and informative as possible.

Should I Bury My Rubber Garden Hose?

As shown above, some people have ran into no problems regarding rubber hoses and freezing temperatures while others say they are prone to breaking down during the winter.

In my opinion, there are good quality rubber garden hoses that are manufactured specifically to withstand freezing and extremely hot temperatures. However, depending on where you live, you may find your winters are just too cold. But again as stated above, there are preparations to make sure that your hose buried during the winter can remain in good shape for next season’s use.

water right rubber garden hose coiled

Therefore, I am actually more for rubber hoses than other types like expandable hoses – I would not bury an expandable hose and leave it buried for the winter.

You Should Think About a Metal Garden Hose

My personal favorite hose to bury is a high-quality, temperature-inclined metal garden hose. Many metal garden hoses are manufactured specifically to withstand immense pressure and temperature fluctuations. The Bionic Steel Pro Garden Hose is my favorite metal garden hose and can remain in perfect condition even if you drove over it numerous times, lit it on fire or froze it in a block of ice. It will still work completely fine in all of these conditions.

metal garden hose coiled

But I Want To Bury a Soaker Hose?

Some people want to bury a soaker hose because they would like to water the areas underground where the hose is buried since soaker hoses are perforated to allow water to seep through the hose. This is a great idea to give your ground roots and garden an efficient slow water supply.

However, I would not recommend keeping a soaker or drip hose buried underneath the ground for the winter months. They are less inclined to survive freezing temperatures.

How To Bury A Garden Hose

shovel digging 3-4 inches into ground

This is actually extremely easy. You can bury your garden hose wherever you like in whatever direction. It is best to keep the hose as straight as possible when burying it. Whatever type of hose you are burying, they all require the same process.

Dig a trench to your end location that is 3-4-inches deep and 2-inches wide. Once this is complete, simply drop your hose in (as straight as possible with no kinks or tangles) and cover it back up. It really is that easy.

You can dig deeper if you want to. As stated above, it may be a better idea to dig deeper if you have a lot of burrowing and digging critters around that could chew up your hose line. But generally, 3-4″ is definitely efficient enough.


Final Thoughts

I hope you found this article informative. If you are thinking about burying your garden hose because it will really save you the hassle and make your watering chores easier, then just do it. Keep all of these pointers in mind.

I have buried both a high-quality rubber hose and a metal garden hose and the outcome turned out great. I prepared more for the winter months than some people have, but overall the process is easy and quite productive if I must say.

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave me a comment below and I would be more than happy to get back to you.

About Robert Sullivan

Hi everyone! My name is Robert Sullivan and welcome to Seasonal Preferences! I hope you have found exactly what you are looking for and we were able to help you with your inquiry! To tell you a little bit about myself, I love reading and writing, a good movie or TV show, sports – baseball in particular, and of course the outdoors! I grew up always wanting to spend my days outside, sun shining or not! It is safe to say the outdoors have definitely grown on me, especially gardening. Gardening has brought me so much happiness that I wake up every single morning with a smile on my face ready to have some fun. With that being said, I want to share my experience with you and also hear your ideas so that we can make our gardening lives that much better. I also love to blog about tips and design ideas you can implement to make your garden area more satisfying! Anyways, thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions or concerns, or just want to get in touch, comment on any one of my blog posts!

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4 Comments on “How To Bury a Garden Hose the Right Way”

  1. Thanks for explaining that your trench should be about 3-4 inches deep and 2 inches wide. I really want to have a sprinkler system installed in my yard. I want it to be underground so I think I’ll have a trench dug that is that big.

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