Think of other uses for your hose in your yard before you throw it away.
You might have no qualms about discarding the stiff, cracked old hose that lay outside all winter while you get your yard ready for spring, but think twice before doing so and put it to another use in your yard. Here are four useful approaches to accomplish that.
Protect young plants
Use bits of an old garden hose to secure the small trees you plant this spring to their stakes if you want them to grow into larger ones. Instead of utilizing store-bought tubing for this project, Wilson Bros Gardens advises using old hose pieces. To keep the tree trunk and its stake connected until it is large enough to support itself on its own, cut a slit in the side of a segment of hose and wrap it around the two. The flexibility of the hose will enable the tree to develop without restricting its movement.
Establish chain covers
A length of an old hose that has been cut open is excellent for making chains more gripping and less hazardous to fingers, whether you use them for outdoor labour or to support the swings on your children’s jungle gym. If at all possible, Reader’s Digest advises threading the chain through one of the hose’s open ends; however, if that is not an option, simply cut a split in the hose and wrap it around the metal, securing it with a few zip ties.
Defend all types of blades.
Make an excellent, affordable blade protection out of a length of cut-open hose before storing your ice skates for the summer. This also helps to protect and maintain saw blades sharp. In fact, this kind of protection can be used to keep any tools or blades sharp whether in storage or transit.
Create a novel type of hose
A hose doesn’t have to be worthless because of one hole in it. It is suggested in One Good Thing by Jillee to cut a few extra holes in it so that you may turn it into a soaker hose that you can place in your garden to serve as a temporary irrigation system. Make holes all the way down the rubber using a small drill bit, and then screw a hose cap onto the end. Every few days, run it for around 30 minutes at the base of your plants to give them a deep watering.
By burying a length of hose with holes in it in the soil of a potted plant, you may also use it as an in-pot watering system. Water the plant gradually down to its roots by pouring water into the exposed end.