An old garden hose is a great thing to recycle and use in a myriad of other ways. So before you throw out a leaky, worn out hose, check out these 8 things you can do with it. You might just be surprised!
- If you’ve got a hose with a leak already in it, take advantage of that. Simply turn it into a soaker hose. Just use a drill bit to drill holes all over the hose. Attach a hose cap to one end, and a water source to the other end. Soaker hoses are efficient and cut down on the evaporation that happens with normal sprinkler systems.
2. Over at This Old House, Roger Cook uses hose scraps to protect trees that he supports. Just slip a piece of hose over the wire used to stabilize a young tree. This protects the bark from the damage from chafing.
3. Cut that old hose into 6 or 8-inch segments, and scatter them throughout your garden. Earwigs love small, cramped spaces to hide in, and the hose segments attract them. Every so often, pick up the segments and shake out the earwigs into a bucket of soapy water to kill them.