A garden hose is an essential tool for any gardener. We all need one. You can use it to water your flower beds or hook it up to a lawn sprinkler. Either way, your lawn and garden will benefit from a good working garden hose. Unfortunately, if they aren’t properly taken care of, a garden hose can become a nuisance. If left out in the sun, they will dry and crack rendering them useless. Often, you will find your garden hose in a tangled mess, shoved into a corner. If left out on the lawn for too long, it can actually harm and kill your green grass. Proper storage is crucial to keep your favorite lawn tool in prime working condition. There are many decorative hose reel options available to you. Here are a few reasons why you will want to add a decorative hose reel to your yard.
Protection for Your Hose
As mentioned above, improper storage of your hose can cause damage to the hose or yard. After replacing my garden hose the first few times, I decided enough was enough! I needed to find a better way to store my hose. The best way to keep your hose in top working shape is to roll it up when you are finished using it. In order to avoid tripping on your hose or accidentally running over it with a lawn mower, it's safest to store it off the ground. There are quite a few hose storage options available at garden centers or online. The good news is you do not have to sacrifice fashion for function. Decorative hose reels are becoming more popular. There is a style to match any yard and garden. Protecting your garden hose in a decorative hose reel sounds like a win/win to me!
Easy to DIY
Decorative hose reels are not difficult to make. In fact, there are many tutorials available to teach you how to make them yourself. If you are a handy ‘DIY’ kind of person, a decorative hose reel is a perfect project. Customizing the design and style of your hose reel is a fun way to add a little of your personality to your yard. Not to mention, it will brighten your day every time you go to use it. There is a unique sense of satisfaction that comes when you use something you made yourself.
Something for Everyone
There is such a large variety of decorative hose reels available. There truly is something for everyone. You can find a hose reel to fit any home, style, and budget. You can find decorative hose reels online or at any home improvement store. Check your local garden centers and garden magazines for inspiration. Even if you are not a DIY’er there are plenty of manufactured decorative hose reels available. Here are a few of our favorite decorative hose reel options to make or to purchase.
A Simple Hook
A simple hook on a wall may be the most basic decorative hose reel available. It is simple, and timeless in design. Although it is simple, it is very efficient. To install a hook for a decorative hose reel, you need a sturdy wall and a power drill. That’s it! To customize it a little, you can choose a decorative metal hook. You may even choose to spray paint the hook to add a little pizzazz! Your hook doesn’t even need to be a metal hook. If you are looking for originality, try using a branch, or even a pair of antlers. As long as you can coil and drape your hose around it, it can be used.
A Mobile Hose Reel
Another easy option to DIY is a mobile hose reel. This is simply a hose reel built on a cart with wheels so it can be easily transported around a yard. This is ideal for those with lots of property. Having a hose that is easily moved around means your hose can be used for a large variety of purposes. It’s also convenient storage for hose accessories. You can neatly store all kinds of potting tools, sprinkler heads, or other gardening must haves. You can make your own by adding wheels to a light-weight cart or table. However, if you are not the crafty type, there are many available ready for purchase.
A Stationary Hose Reel
There is no shortage of stationary decorative hose reels. Most stationary hose reels will have metal ornamentation and decoration surrounding the actual reel. You can find them with simple designs, or incredibly ornate decorations. Because most of the stationary hose reels are metal they are easily painted to add a little extra originality. Because stationary hose reels do not move it is important to remind you to build it near a water source. While your decorative hose reel may be a statement piece out front, it won’t do you any good if it is not near a spigot.
A Ceramic Pot
Using a ceramic pot for your decorative hose reel is a stylish way to store your garden hose. You can find these pots in lots of styles and sizes. If you want your ceramic pot to stand out, try painting designs on the outside. Or you could choose a pot that has unique texture. If you want your ceramic pot to be a little more discreet, try choosing neutral colored pots. Some pots will already have a hose reel built in. For those pots that don’t, make sure you measure first to insure your reel will fit inside the pot. Although you could just coil the hose inside without a reel, you run the risk of tangling the hose.
A Decorative Cover for Your Hose Reel
If you already have a plain hose reel installed to the side of your house, you may want to consider a decorative hose reel cover. You can build wooden structure over the hose reel. This easy to build lattice design gives your yard a small cottage feel while hiding unsightly or plain hose reels. If you do not want your hose reel cover to be so bold, there are many simpler options. A hose reel box will allow you to easily access your hose while still keeping it out of sight. These are great options for yards with HOA mandated rules.
Garden hoses are so important to store correctly if you want them to last a long time. Decorative hose reels are a fun and easy way to store your garden hose. They will add a little fun and creativity to any yard. Although they are easy to DIY, there are many manufactured decorative hose reels available for a more polished look. No matter what your style, there is something for everyone.
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