Garden hose
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Simply stated, a garden hose hanger is going to keep you organized.  After all, if you enjoy gardening you know that one of the most challenging tools to keep in an organized and orderly fashion is the common garden hose. Without a garden hose hanger the task of coiling and uncoiling your water hose becomes a miserable task.

Even an empty 50-foot garden water hose is a handful to coil up by hand, especially for a small or elderly person and have you ever tried it when the hose is cold and stiff? By the time you’re done the hose isn’t the only thing that’s cold and stiff. And usually wet. Ask anyone with a bad back what a Godsend a hose reel is and it doesn’t take long to realize that good garden hose hanger is a necessity and not a luxury. Aside from the human health risks, garden hose reels prevent the following calamities from shortening or ending the life of your valuable hoses:

– Tangling! How many times have you tried to unroll a hand-coiled hose?

– Time saving. Proper hand coiling is a time consuming task.

– Abrasion damage from being run over and walked on. – Hose end damage. Hose repair products are expensive!

– Damage from the sun’s UV rays.

– Cuts and abrasions from string trimmers, lawn mowers, and roto-tillers.

I would venture to say that if you have arrived at this article you are all too familiar with the frustrations presented by this most essential and cursed of gardening implements and are looking for ways to manage your garden hose storage. Well, the solution is simple. Garden hose hangers are, for the most part, not complicated. They are simply large reels with handles attached, which enable you to reel in your hose much the same as you would reel in a fish with a fishing rod and reel. They can be wall mounted or portable, left handed or right handed. You can even buy potting benches with hose reels built in. They are made of metal or plastic. They come in multitudes of styles and colors and they range in price from about $20 to over $300. The portable ones, when not in use and at the end of the season, they can be brought indoors and stored out of the weather.

Doug Harrowing is the “brains” (insert rolling on the floor laughing emoticon) behind this article and, a blog started after farting around in the dirt for a couple of years with a fork.

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