Which garden hose should I buy?

I have a garden full of newly planted shrubs and perennials, and along comes an extended heatwave  image  Both of my water butts are almost empty, so I need to invest in a garden hose, pronto.  I want something reasonably light to handle and easy to use, that will do the job it's meant for and not cause me grief.  Are you in love with your garden hose?  Or do you hate the one you have?  Any tips on which models to go for and which to avoid would be very useful.  Thanks!

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,622

    All I'd say is don't buy a really cheap one as they split too easily, and make sure it's long enough!! I think the fittings and  attachments are the key things and anything that makes it easy to roll up  is definitely good. We used to have one of those fittings that goes on the wall so that if you need to take it round the corner it doesn't catch. Like a plastic runner type thing that attaches to the corner of the wall. Works on a fence also.  Sorry that's not a very good description! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,448

    Get a reinforced one that won't kink and it's worth spending a bit more on brass fittings. The plastic ones crack and break after a while due to UV-light and changes from hot to cold weather.

  • Great start with some good basic advice - thank you!  Now i need to know if you could recommend a particular hose on a reel, and what sort of tap connectors i might need.  I tend to be very nervous of anything that isn't as simple as ABC, so explanations in words of one syllable will be welcome and not considered at all patronising!    image

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,943

    Mine is a Hoselock on a reel, doesnt kink winds up easy and neat on the wall, i got it from Amazon. Love it.

     

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    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Lyn wrote (see)

    Mine is a Hoselock on a reel, doesnt kink winds up easy and neat on the wall, i got it from Amazon. Love it.

    Sounds great Lyn.  Can you give me a model name/code number?  Also, do you have to put it on a wall, or can it sit on the ground next to the water tap?

  • Lyn your picture has just appeared - thank you!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,490

    I got a good hozelock from tesco direct with clubcard double up.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,622

    All the fittings nowadays are pretty simple- they click in together. I had some Hoselock spray fittings which were broken by builders etc using them and the replacements didn't last well either as they were getting dropped by others using them to wash cars so I bought a metal set from Asda to try - dead cheap and they were brilliant!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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