Sure, it’s more fun to shop for plants, but garden hoses are a requirement for keeping most things alive. Every garden needs a different level of water, so get excited about hose shopping with our top picks for every need. We’ve also added accessories and care tips to make your gardening that much easier. Tag us on social watering your gardens @SunsetMag!
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Garden Hose Care Tips
First and foremost, put the hose away after each use. If it’s possible to store it out of the sun, that will help the hose’s longevity.
One of the most common complaints about garden hoses is leaks. If the hose is leaking from the faucet, check that there’s a rubber gasket in place (and that it isn’t cracked)—some gardeners replace the gasket every spring just in case. Leaks aren’t just annoying, they waste water!
Unhook the hose from the faucet if freezing temps are in the forecast—the jury’s still out on whether or not leaving hoses attached can result in burst pipes indoors, but it can lead to leaky hoses.