Below we will show you exactly how to store a garden hose the right way. Leaving your garden hose out after use is definitely not the best idea. You should always store your hose properly after you’re done using it. Why? Well, if you don’t, this will only lead to your garden hose kinking, leaking, or any other sort of damage.
Which means you will have more work to do, you will possibly have to spend more money fixing it, and it becomes a lot less convenient. Storing your hose the proper way keeps your backyard clean, makes it easier to use the next time around, and you also won’t have to worry about running it over with your car or lawn mower.
There are a few different storing options you can use, some of them require more physical effort, while some require none. So, before you choose one, you should consider how often you might be using your hose and if there’s a problem with coiling it up yourself each and every time.
Some storing options might even be better depending on what type of garden hose you have. Overall, we want you to have the best garden hose storing solution that will keep your hose away from any damage and make it as convenient as possible. So, let’s get to it!
How To Store Your Garden Hose Properly
Some of the best ways to store a garden hose are through:
- Hose Reels
- Hose Hangers
- Hose Pots
- Hose Laying
Below we will break down each option for you so that you can choose the perfect storage solution for your garden hose.
The first option we have is a hose reel. This is the most popular option as you might even have one already. However, every year there are new and advanced hose reels coming out that are manufactured to ensure maximum convenience and safety for your hose. With that being said, it might be time for an update.
A hose reel as most of you know means that the hose reels back into a coil form after you’re done using it. Also, it unwinds very easy when you do need to use the hose. There are several different types of hose reels but they all serve the same purpose. Some are more advanced than others and require hardly any physical effort. This is typically your more expensive hose reel. While others involve a crank that you have to physically wind and unwind, which comes cheaper.
A hose reel is definitely one of the most convenient storing options. Mainly because you can either wall mount it, carry it around, or even push it on a cart. Depending on the type of hose, you should take these options into consideration. If your hose is long enough to reach every watering task, then wall mounting it near your water spigot is ideal. If you have a heavy-duty garden hose, then a reeling cart is probably more efficient, and lastly, if you have a smaller hose then some reels have a carrying handle which makes it extremely convenient.
Overall, hose reels have become quite popular over the past few years and will continue to do so, as they are efficient, convenient, and simple to use. Here is how to reuse a garden hose reel if you ever accidentally unwind it completely.
The next option you can use to store your garden hose is a hose hanger. If you are trying to save some money, we would recommend this option as some of them come quite cheap or you can even build one yourself. A hose hanger is meant to hang the hose off the ground which is usually mounted to a wall near your water spigot.
Although this might be the cheapest of options, it requires the most physical effort. There is no external feature on the hanger that does the work for you. With that being said, you will have to coil the hose yourself onto the hanger each time you are done using it. If you don’t have a problem with doing so then this is a great option that will save you a ton of money. Garden hose hangers are mainly constructed out of metal or plastic. Metal as almost always is the better option due to its strength and longevity.
If you can build a hose hanger yourself then go for it. They are simple to make and easy to use. Even though a hose reel is the more efficient option, a hose hanger works just fine. So, if you are budgeting then don’t be afraid to go with this option. If you are interested in making your own hose hanger, here is exactly how to build one.
If you want to add a little bit of style to your backyard then a hose pot is a great way to add some aesthetic value. A hose pot is designed to keep your hose safe while not in use. With that being said, the garden hose is neatly coiled inside the pot to refrain from any part of your garden hose to kink. The pot has a hole somewhere along the bottom of the basket so that you can efficiently use the hose when you wish.
Hose pots can be quite expensive depending on the size and material you are going with. On the other hand, some can be relatively cheap. They are usually constructed to look like ancient metal tubs which really brings out a beautiful touch to your backyard. However, hose reels tend to be more convenient in terms of simplicity and physical use. Nonetheless, a hose pot looks great and works well to keep your garden hose safe.
As mentioned above, buying an elegant looking hose pot can be pricey. With that being said, there are some simple ways on how to build your own. Check this brief video out if you are interested.
The last option is to not use any type of storage solution at all. Some of you may have garden hoses that are prone to leaking, kinking, or tangling when coiled. If that’s the case then you shouldn’t continue to coil up your hose. If you have room in your backyard, laying your hose straight out around your yard will prevent your garden hose from leaking, or from taking on any other damage.
If you are going to use this method, then you should ensure that your hose is not in the way of anything in your backyard. The last thing you want is for your hose to get run over by your lawn mower because then you might be in big trouble. This option is only recommended if you have a fragile hose, also if you have a hose that suffers from leaking and kinking frequently, it might be time to get a new one.
Well, there you have it. You now know how to store a garden hose. If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below.