Garden Hose Showdown: Rubber vs. Vinyl
Are you thinking about buying a new
garden hose? One hundred percent rubber hoses are considered to
be the best quality and they are the way to go. The one downside is that they are also more expensive than vinyl hoses.
rubber garden hose is the most durable and can better withstand sun and impact
damage. A vinyl garden hose, although slightly cheaper, may be lighter, more supple and
easier to handle.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with a vinyl hose as long as
it is stored and maintained correctly.
You can also get hoses that are a combination, the durability of rubber and
the light weight of vinyl. These hoses are simply called rubber/vinyl.
Whether you go rubber or vinyl, ensure the garden hose is reinforced with
tire cord fiber. The reinforcement prevents the hose from bursting or cracking
from excessive kinks and will extend the life of the hose.
In addition to the standard garden hose, there are some great variations
available for specific tasks:
Soaker hoses: porous tubing that
snakes through garden beds or vegetable gardens and allows water to ooze out
at a slow rate. These are also great for watering trees. I ran a few through
my hedging and they were great because you couldn't see them and they
delivered the water right to the roots.
Coil hoses: a light hose ideal for
patios and decks. The many small coils make this hose virtually kink free and
"self retracting". It can extend a great length but it also retracts to a
reasonable size for storage when not in use. These are ideal for watering
hanging baskets on your deck if you don't have a
drip irrigation system installed.
Faucet extensions: if the water supply is hard to reach, use a faucet
extension to bring the water turn on/off to an easier location to access. This
is great if your faucet is hidden behind a bush or hedge that keeps growing
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