Americans love the outdoors and two pursuits in particular are firm favorites: camping or going boating in an RV and gardening. Both often require a hose, but for different reasons, and getting the right one for your needs can be tricky.
In the United States, 113.5 million people counted themselves as active gardeners in 2014, according to reports. Getting and using the right kind of garden hose can make all the difference. For the devoted gardener, it is all about the right amount of water and retaining the quality of the water to avoid damage to a lawn or flowers.
To keep your lawn thick, green and luxurious, experts say that the optimum amount of lawn watering is one inch per watering session, which takes approximately half a gallon of water per square foot. Hoses comes in different diameter sizes, ranging from 1/2 to 3/4 inch, and deliver different volumes of water, with a half inch providing a third of the water of 3/4 inch. They are available in lengths between 25 and 100 feet. Remember that if you are using a nozzle or sprinkler on your hose, you nee done that can withstand a burst pressure of 350psi or more. You can expect a good garden hose to last up to ten years.
For the home gardener, a sprinkler system can offer a good option for lawn watering. Optimal lawn watering with such a system will take between hour and 90 minutes. Soaker hoses, 100 feet in length or less, are best for green landscaping.
Before setting out on your annual camping or boating trip, make sure you have a hose that is certified for potable water. These white or blue-colored hoses range in length from 10 feet to 50 feet. Most are BPA (bisphenol A)-free and are certified as low lead content, which makes them safe for drinking water.
Such hoses are also often classed as never kink and all weather durability, and provide reliable, long-lasting options for avid campers and boaters. Always double-check with your local store to make sure you have selected the correct hose.