Modern conveniences allow even amateur gardeners to grow and tend plants with great success. Tools like garden plows and hand pruners give average people the precision needed to care for plants like the professionals. The key to achieving success with these tools is to keep them in good shape. This is only possible is they are kept in a clean, dry place between use. This applies to all tools, plastic, metal or otherwise. While it may not seem obvious, garden hoses need to be properly stored too. When left out exposed to the elements, hoses can degrade over time. While a few days or even weeks will not hurt it, long term exposure to the sun and extreme temperatures can wreak havoc.
Hoses are made of PVC plastic. While tough and durable, they can crack if exposed to the sun long enough. In extreme cold, the plastic can become so brittle that it starts cracking and becomes impossible to use. All of this can be prevented by storing the hose in a protected environment. This does not mean that you must unscrew the hose from the wall after each use. Products like hose racks and hose reels store the hose safely without having to remove it from the wall.
If you want to protect your hose for minimal cost, a hose rack is the best way to go. This garden hose storage product is designed to suspend a hose off the ground in a looped position. They come in both plastic and metal varieties and are a great aesthetic addition to any yard or garden. When your hose is tamed and under control, you will notice that your yard appears more chiseled and professional. Users must loop the garden hose before placing it on the rack, which takes just a minute or so.
If looping is not your kind of thing, consider using a garden hose reel instead. While more expensive, these units store hoses quickly and without hassle. The hose rolls up onto a barrel inside of a plastic box. After you are done using the hose, it can be reeled up by rotating a handle. When you need to use the hose again, just pull on the end and it will roll out smoothly. A guide hose connects the spigot to the ree box, then the hose itself connects to the box.