So you got yourself a brand new wall-mounted hose reel and it comes with a brand new hose! What do you do with your old one? Before you dump it in the trash, check out all these ways to recycle an old garden hose first! You may find a few ideas that will be useful for your home!

Ideas to recycle an old garden hose

Blade protector

Hoses are made out of durable material and are thick enough to act as blade protectors for your other tools. All you have to do is measure the length of the blade then cut the hose to the same length. Slit down the side of the hose so that the hose can be slid over the blade. You can use this upcycled hack for knives, saws, and even ice skating blades!

Bucket handle grips

You can cut a small length of the old garden hose, split it, then place it over the wire handle of a bucket. This will provide some cushion for your hand and will make the task of carrying buckets full of load easier for you.

Swing protector

Do you have your own swing in your yard? If you are using metal chains, they can be a dangerous hazard for your children’s little fingers. Protect your kids by wrapping an old garden hose around the chains! It is a very safe and efficient way to recycle an old garden hose!

Tree growing support

If you are currently growing young trees, you should consider using an old garden hose instead of wires, twine, suspenders, or plastic to secure the limbs or make sure that the tree is growing upright. The old garden hose provides softer yet stable support and will not leave friction marks on the tree.

Outline outdoor walkways

You can recycle an old garden hose by using them to outline your driveways and outdoor walkways. You can even paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint so you can easily find your way even when it is late at night.

Use it as a siphon

Your old garden hose can be used as a siphon to drain out water. Short lengths can drain out aquariums, gas tanks, and cattle troughs. If you want to drain out something larger like a swimming pool, you should use a long hose length.

Turn it into a planter or pot

You can turn an old hose into a pot or planter. All you need are a few zip ties and a garden liner. You may need the help of another person to arrange the zip ties and keep the hose in place.

Last thoughts

When your garden house starts to wear out, crack, and leak, you know it is about time to get a new one. And while you are at it, why not upgrade to a wall-mounted hose reel?

But do not just simply throw the old and battered garden hose away! As you can see, there are a lot of things that you can do to recycle an old garden hose. Do not dispose of them right away!


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