Hoses for cottages — how to choose a durable and convenient option for a garden or vegetable garden? 100 photos of the best copies
At the dacha it is constantly necessary to water something. Even an automatic irrigation system cannot solve this problem. You still need to go, pick up a hose and water the moisture-loving plants additionally.
Modern garden hoses are made of different materials. Perhaps one day it will be possible to find one that will fully meet the needs. So far this has not happened and it is necessary to buy the most suitable one. The main criteria for evaluation are, of course, reliability, practicality, price.
The classic version of hoses is rubber. Previously, they failed quite quickly, could be damaged when bent, torn. Over time, they dried out, began to crumble. And today such products are on sale, they can be bought by chance, without paying attention to the characteristics or on purpose, because of distrust of new technologies, because of the attractive cost.
At the beginning of the season, when seedlings, seedlings, seeds, fertilizers are bought, there may be a desire to cut costs, buy a cheap hose. And yet it is worth paying attention to more expensive options.
Rubber hoses of the new model last longer – manufacturers claim that 20 years. Of course, this is not entirely true. A lot depends on the operation, storage conditions. They serve for 5 years – that's for sure, they withstand water pressure of 8 atmospheres. They are flexible, resistant to high and low temperatures.
The hose can be thrown among the beds and nothing terrible will happen to it in the heat or in the cold. Even if you step on it, hit it with a wheelbarrow or a car, it will regain its shape.
Do they have any disadvantages? Unfortunately, yes. After five years of active, slightly careless operation, the reinforced hose will still fail. As with Soviet-style hoses, cracks will appear on it, then holes. The disadvantage is also the weight, cost.
Hoses made of polyvinyl chloride
Single-layer PVC hoses with careful use can last 3 years or more. They are light – this is, perhaps, their main advantage. They are characterized by flexibility, elasticity, but they can still be accidentally bent, broken. During watering, it is desirable to control the position of the hose. You can't leave them in the cold.
They cannot withstand water pressure of more than 3 atmospheres. In dachas, the pressure is often equal to 5 atmospheres, 6. If this is not the case, you can buy a single-layer PVC hose. It is inexpensive, it will solve the problem, even if spending on garden tools is not planned in the budget this month.
There are three-layer PVC hoses, reinforced. For a person who has just started working in a cottage, and the skill of watering has not yet been developed, this option is probably more suitable than others.
At the height of the season, due to multiple accidental bends, the three-layer plastic hose will not break and this is the main thing. In addition, they withstand frost up to minus 20, water pressure up to 10 atmospheres.
Durable and Flexible Silicone Garden Hose
The best hoses for cottages, perhaps, are silicone hoses. They have recently been invented. They are relatively inexpensive, they have wonderful characteristics, but they have not yet become a sales leader, because there are worthy competitors, objective disadvantages. There are two variants of them – reinforced and non-reinforced.
Non-reinforced silicone hoses are lightweight. Even a person with disabilities will be comfortable watering. Their service life is on average 10 years. But they can be broken. They can withstand water pressure of 3 atmospheres. Therefore, the second option was created – three-layer reinforced.
This variety is characterized by resistance to breakage, withstands higher water pressure – up to 10 atmospheres. The disadvantage is the cost. In comparison with rubber hoses and PVC, silicone three-layer reinforced win and only win.
A big threat to plants with dynamic manual watering is rubber due to weight, and PVC hoses serve for few years.
Stretchable rubber hose
A unique, latest technology, an invention of recent years, which is already on sale in almost every store with garden equipment – a stretchable hose. It is designed for manual watering. It stretches and lengthens under water pressure. This is an ideal option, because it is easy to store, it does not take up much space. With him, and the work is disputed.
It is made of rubber, a nylon cover is worn on the outside, which protects the hose from excessive stretching in width. Do not be afraid that the fabric cover will quickly become unusable. The fabric is resistant to dampness, moisture, dirt, it is difficult to tear.
On sale there are three options in length: 3.1 meters, as well as 5.6 meters, 8.5. The length increases by itself three times, approximately. After watering, the hose shrinks by itself.
The disadvantage is that it is designed exclusively for manual watering. Versatility is not its characteristic.
The best option for autonomous irrigation
If you plan to create an automatic irrigation system in the country, which hoses are better to choose? Silicone irrigation hoses can withstand frosts up to -20, reinforced with PVC, too.
Non-reinforced frosts are not acceptable at all, and rubber ones are indifferent to a drop in temperature to -50. Rubber is out of competition, it's obvious. On the other hand, it is possible to dismantle the system for the winter or protect it with thermal insulation materials.
Regardless of the climate, to create an automatic irrigation system, you should choose a sprinkler hose. It is designed for drip irrigation. This is the best option for caring for soil and plants, which, of course, the summer resident does not forget, regulates the flow manually. When an automatic system is installed, special hoses are needed.
In addition to resistance to frost and heat, it is important to pay attention to such characteristics as resistance to ultraviolet rays. This is especially important if you are purchasing a PVC garden hose. It can harden under the influence of this factor. It is better not to leave it in the sun if the manufacturer does not indicate that it is stable.
The color of the hose is of great importance. Every summer resident is probably familiar with this situation: garden shears, gloves or something else were left on the plot, it is difficult to find them. You can also distract yourself from watering for a while, forget about the hose, and then not see it, leave. The color will help you notice it in a timely manner.
Shades of green are popular, because the aesthetics of the natural landscape is not violated. However, variegated colors are also a good choice. It's convenient. Photos of a hose for giving different colors will help you decide, make the right decision. If you like the red, yellow, white hose, you should choose it.
A lot depends on gardening equipment. Unfortunately, nature does not do everything for a person.
Cultivated plants need care. Only in this case it is possible to harvest a rich harvest, delicious, beautiful fruits. This is an important, successful investment – the purchase of equipment for the cottage.
There are other types of garden watering hoses. They are made of other materials, have other features. If there are specific needs, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of flat hoses, nylon, spiral, corrugated and not only.