How to Keep My Garden Hose Kink and Tangle Free?

If you’re a gardener (and I don’t see what you’d been doing here if you weren’t), you must wonder how you can keep that wretched hose from constantly tangling and kinking. The most likely reason it’s happening is that you don’t handle and store it as you should (I’m sometimes guilty of it as well). So, I’m going to walk you through some things that I do, that should help keep your hose kink and tangle-free.

9 Steps to Keep the Hose Tangle and Kink-Free

9 Steps to Keep the Hose Tangle and Kink-FreeYou can follow my 9 tips below so that your hose remains kink and tangle-free:

  1. Take some time to roll and coil your hose after finishing your work with it, your hose will thank you for it
  2. Hose reels are efficient in that they can help you by rolling back the hose easily without kinks.
  3. You can also use hose holders or racks instead if you’re interested in a cheaper option, simply hang your hose after you’re done with the work
  4. Stretch out the hose in your yard every once in a while, so as to remove excess water and straighten those kinks!
  5. Be sure that the hose is not laid out in your driveway or other areas where you’re likely to walk/drive over it.
  6. Don’t keep the hose close to your pets, they just love to “play” with it and by play I mean chew it up. Cats are probably fine, but if a dog gets a hold on the hose you can say bye-bye.
  7. Drain the hose after use, as the excess water can cause the hose to deteriorate in time. Also, constantly leaving water in the hose can cause algae and bacteria build-up. Check out our article on the dangers of drinking from the garden hose if you want to learn more.
  8. Same goes for sunlight, keep your hoseĀ out of the sun as it can cause damage.
  9. Finally, just treat as you would any tool – with care. Once a hose starts to leak, you’ll just be patching hole after hole until you decide to buy a new one, so don’t let it come to that.

Final Word

If possible, you should consider purchasing a quality hose, which is costlier than others, but you’ll end up paying less in the long run. With proper care, it will last you a long time! Also, thicker hoses are naturally less prone to kinking and tangling, so you might want to check that out as well. If you’re in the market for a good hose, be sure to check out our buying guide on the best garden hoses. Hopefully, this article will help you extend the life of your hose and save you money in the long run!