Garden hoses are an important part of outdoor maintenance, but there are some important things you need to know before buying a new hose.
1. Length of the Gaden hose
Select the length based on the size of the attribute. Garden hoses range in length from 10 feet (3.0 m) to more than 100 feet (30 m). If your land is small and you only need to water grass or flowers, a short hose (such as a 25 ft (7.6m) hose) should work fine. If you have several acres of land, you will need to choose a longer hose, such as 100 feet (30 m).
You can also connect two garden hoses together for greater distance.
2. Garden hose dimensions
The size of a garden hose refers to its diameter. This is an important consideration when choosing the right garden hose for your project. The wrong size may mean that you may not have enough pressure to get the job done correctly.
The pressure produced by a 5/8 "hose is quite different from that produced by a 3/4" hose. Pressure is something you must consider, especially if you plan to use hoses for outdoor cleaning projects. A 1/2 "diameter hose may be fine for basic watering, but you may need a standard garden hose diameter that is larger to cover a larger area or clean the driveway.
3. Look for cast copper fittings.
Sturdy, compression-resistant fittings are a must for your garden hose. Choose cast brass over stamped brass to ensure you win 'no need to replace hoses due to fittings damage. The cast brass fittings also indicate that the hose is of high quality.
4. Choose a brass nozzle to reduce leakage.
Connecting the nozzle to the end of the hose alters the way the water is delivered. The nozzle can be twisted to create a fine mist or strong flow of water. To give you maximum watering flexibility, choose an adjustable nozzle. Brass nozzles fit better and last longer than plastic nozzles.
5. Bend the hose before purchasing whether it kinks.
While in the store, unroll about 2 feet (0.61m) of hose and bend it in half. Although many hoses are advertised as kink free, most are not. Test several hoses to find hoses that only bend, not bend.