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How to Select the Right Hose for the Job

Hoses are one of the most widely used garden accessories. Learn how to make the right choice when shopping for a new one.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Select Strength

Hoses come in light, medium, heavy and commercial strengths. Heavy-duty hoses have thick walls and are very sturdy. These hoses can be left outside a lot without risk of damage. A light-weight hose is much easier to store and work with than a heavy-duty one. But it is more likely to get damaged by the elements or things like weed trimmers.

Step 2: Select Flexibility

Stiffer hoses are designed not to kink while in use, but they can be cumbersome. Flexible hoses are very easy to move around the garden, but they are more likely to kink. When dealing with higher water pressures, a thinner hose is more likely to burst over time. In cases like these the heavier the hose the better.

Step 3: Select Length

Before going to the hardware store measure the distance from the water spigot to the farthest point of the garden. Allow some extra length so that the hose can be maneuvered around flower beds and other garden obstacles.

know how much hose is needed before buying

Step 4: Purchase Rubber Washers

The most common source of hose leaks is at the spigot. The problem almost always is a missing rubber washer. Buy replacement washers at the hardware store along with the hose. These washers slip into the female end of the hose before attaching the hose to the spigot. The washer makes a tight seal so the water can't run out.

Step 5: Purchase Hose Repair Kit

It is easy to repair a hose that has a split. A clamp-style repair kit is comprised of three parts: a tube and two clamps. First, the damaged portion of the hose is cut away. Next, the two clamps are placed loosely onto the hose ends. The repair tube slides inside each hose end, forming the connection. Finally, the clamps are tightened to secure everything in place.

it is easy to repair a hose that has a split