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Winter Care of Garden Hose

You shouldnt leave garden hose outdoors over the winter in cold climates. Source:

It’s time to think of bringing your garden hose indoors if you live in a climate where water freezes in the winter.

A garden hose is typically guaranteed between 3 and 20 years, depending on the model, but if you want to shorten its life while voiding the warranty, just leave it outside during a cold winter.

The damage comes not so much from any fragility to cold when manipulating it in cold weather, although that may be a problem with some poorer quality hoses, but rather that the water remaining in the hose will freeze.

If you remember back to high school physics, water expands as it freezes. Therefore, a hose full of water can split or tear when temperatures drop below freezing. It’s always best to bring your hose indoors or into a heated garage during the winter.

You don’t have to bring soaker hose in for the winter. Source:

It isn’t necessary, however, to bring soaker hoses in for the winter. They drain after each use because of their numerous perforations and so will be empty of water during the cold months. You can just leave them where they lie.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1 comment on “Winter Care of Garden Hose

  1. Hoses drained and stored in the barn for the winter. 🙂 Good reminder.

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