Being a homeowner, having a garden hose is one of the necessities of life. Whether it is for washing the car or caring for your garden, a hose will always come in handy around the house. Most people though will give little thought as to what kind of hose to buy. Here are some simple tips to help you know what to look for in buying your next garden hose.
1. Be sure you get a long enough hose
While this may seem rather obvious you would be amazed at how often people do not buy a long enough hose. They try to save a couple of dollars by buying a shorter hose and when they get home and start to use it they find out they don’t have enough hose to water all of their plants. Of course, this only leads to spending more time and money having to buy another garden hose to attach to it. Avoid the frustration by doing it right the first time.
2. Get a good quality garden hose
Sure, you can find a $10 cheap garden hose at your local discount store, but this is one of those areas that you really do get what you pay for. Spend a few extra dollars for a good quality rubber hose. You will be so glad you did as the summer goes on.
Prices on hoses can vary, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $25-$30 for a very nice 50 foot hose.
Another point about cheap garden hoses is the fact that they inevitably get kinked as you try to use them. Nothing is more frustrating than having to constantly put your hose down and go back and unkink your hose. Not only that, but they will leak water and not last nearly as long. Find a good 6 or 8-ply rubber hose and you will be much happier.
3. Other features and accessories
A good quality garden hose should always come with a warranty. You might also want to look for things such as burst strength and the quality of the couplings on the ends of the hose. Finally, you will want to find a good garden hose nozzle to complete your needs.
Keep these tips in mind when you find yourself needing a new hose. By purchasing a good quality garden hose you will find yourself having more fun in the garden or taking care of all your outdoor watering needs.
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