In spring of 2014, over 113.5 million people in the United States participated in some form of gardening, and the numbers have only grown since then. However, in order to cultivate a successful garden, you're going to need a good hose. More than that, you need the right hose for your needs.
Do you need heavy-duty hoses, or a hose that won't get kinks? Do you need a 25-foot sprinkler hose, or an extra long 130-foot hose for landscapers? While picking the right hose may seem like a challenging task, these five steps can help you pick the best hose for all of your gardening needs.
Determine Required Length
Garden hoses usually range from 25 feet to 100 feet in length, and deciding how long you want your hose to be really depends on how far your garden is from your water source. If your garden extends all the way out into the furthest reaches of your backyard, it's smart to buy a longer hose to ensure that each plant gets the appropriate amount of water.
Determine Required Diameter
Typical garden and utility hoses range from one-half to three-fourths of an inch in diameter. Depending on how much water you need to deliver and how far the water is travelling, you can determine how wide you'll need your garden hose to be.
Select a Material
To be safe, an all weather durability hose is always a good idea. It may not be a commercial water hose, but it will last through every season of the year with minimal maintenance on your part. An all weather durability hose may even withstand the claws of tiny critters.
Know your Nozzle Options
A nozzle controls the pressure of the water coming from the hose, and depending on what kind of watering you'll be doing, you may want to consider a few different options. Brass nozzles tend to be less prone to breakage, while plastic nozzles create less wear and tear on your hose.
Invest in a Sprinkler Hose
If you lawn is part of your garden, you should invest in a sprinkler hose. Most yards should receive one inch of water per watering session, and a sprinkler hose is ideal for a large spray like that.
Choosing a hose isn't all that difficult, but once you find the right one, it's even easier to help your garden grow!