We can all remember the days when we used the humble watering can to water the lawn or flower bed. However, there might come a time when your gardening projects call for something a little more substantial, and a hose is needed. Also, a hose is not just for convenience; there may be areas within your garden that you simply cannot reach with a watering can, that is when a hose can be a much safer option.
Once you move on from a watering can to a hose, the natural progression is then on to a hose reel. If you have a quality garden hose that you want to keep in good condition, a hose reel certainly makes sense as it will prevent kinks and tangles in the hose.
Advantages of a Hose Reel
Although it may seem obvious at first why you might need a hose reel, there are some real benefits. Let’s look at some of the main advantages of owning a hose reel and exactly what a hose reel does.
The garden hose has a tough life, and it will have to stand up to everything the average family can throw at it. You may use it to keep cool during a heatwave. Then there is the regular washing of the car as well as the daily watering of the raised beds.
All through the different seasons, even the highest quality of garden hose will endure stress, and it is a good idea to keep it protected, after all, it is your investment.
By keeping the hose protected, it will prevent damage from the elements, the hose being trampled on and even being damaged from other garden machinery.
Everybody has done it, that is tripping over your garden hose. While many may not suffer any kind of serious injury, the potential is always there when using a garden hose and prevention is usually the best course of action. A hose reel will reduce the chances of a trip over a hose, and it is especially recommended if there are young children around.
It can be frustrating as a gardener to be constantly rummaging through the shed trying to remember if the garden hose is there or not or where it could possibly be stored. By keeping your hose on a dedicated hose reel, you will always know where to find it.
Sometimes, when you know you must search for the garden hose, unravel it and tidy it back up, it can be enough for laziness to kick in and put off today’s job until tomorrow. When you know you don’t have to go through that with a hose reel, whereby the hose is conveniently ready to go, you will get more jobs done.
The Best Reel for Your Garden
We have been through the benefits and what a hose reel does. Now it is time to look at the options to consider when choosing a hose reel.
One of the first things to consider is how long your hose is. You will need to know the size of your current hose as you could possibly buy a hose reel that is too small. It is also recommended that you allow for an extra 45 meters approximately as your hose expands and contracts during use.
A Portable Hose Reel?
When it comes to the portability of the hose reel you will have two main options; either wall mounted or one that comes on wheels. A hose reel on wheels is ideal for bigger gardens and gardens with hard to reach areas. A wall mounted hose reel is ideal for smaller gardens and for those that may not use a hose often, as you won’t have to physically move the hose reel around every time you want to use it.
Can it Retract?
A retractable hose reel is a good option if you often use the entire length of your hose as it will be a lot easier getting the hose back around a retractable hose reel. One thing to consider with a retractable hose real is that it does require more physical strength to get the hose out to start with. This is something to think about if somebody older will be using it will with less physical strength.
A garden hose reel normally comes with loads of accessories. One of the most useful is the connection to the water outlet and when choosing a hose reel to be sure to choose one that allows for connections to different outlets which will be a lot more convenient.