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An irrigation hose is an excellent tool for watering the garden quickly and comfortably. A variety of different hoses allows you to find a customised model. If you lay an irrigation hose, a single movement of the tap is enough to turn annoying watering by hand into a pleasant pleasure.

We have looked into the topic of watering in the garden and have written the Watering Hoses Test guide for you at 2021. It answers the most common questions and says what you need to know. It answers the most common questions and tells you what to look for when buying an irrigation hose.




The most important facts

  • Irrigation hoses help you water your garden more efficiently. They are capable of correctly dosing water amounts, reducing the amount of work or even automating it.
  • Certain irrigation hoses can be installed underground. This has the advantage that there are no annoying tripping hazards in the garden and beautifies the overall appearance of the garden.
  • Spray hoses are very easy to use, the hose can simply be unrolled, used and just as quickly stowed away again. They are therefore very suitable for people who have little experience with gardening in general.

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Irrigation hoses: buying and evaluation criteria

In the next section we have collected information for the most important buying criteria. This small info catalogue includes these following purchase criteria:

The following buying criteria will help you make the right decision when buying.

Length

The length of the hose is the first and most important criterion that comes to mind before buying. Therefore, it makes sense to first find out how large the area to be irrigated is.

Longer hoses are generally preferred because they can be shortened if necessary or stored as a reserve. If a hose is too short or the reserve has been used up, attachments for connecting two short pieces can provide the necessary remedy.

Drip hoses can cover very long distances and are therefore suitable for most applications, as there is a lot of leeway in the length of the hose.

Diameter

A hose has a standard 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch diameter. The larger 3/4 inch hose can deliver more water and is more suitable for fixed irrigation systems. The smaller version is more suitable for watering or filling containers.

A smaller hose is also sufficient for occasional use

So if you are planning to buy a garden hose or a spray hose to roll out, you should try the smaller version. This also reduces water consumption.

How thick a hose needs to be is especially important if hoses are already laid in the garden. New hoses should have the same diameter to be compatible with each other. However, this criterion can be circumvented with attachments.

Water pressure

The water pressure can be self-regulated with attachments. For normal use, it is recommended to use a low water pressure.

The water in the hose loses pressure the longer it has to flow through the hose. This is why irrigation hoses no longer function correctly above a certain length. The maximum length also depends on the type of hose:

  • Beadedhose: Beaded hoses have a maximum range of 45 m. If the maximum is exceeded, there is usually no longer enough water to cover the distance.
  • Drip hose: A drip hose is usually no longer than 50m, but can be extended to a maximum length of 100m. For long distances, these hoses are the best choice. The water drips slowly from one, so it is possible to work with a very low water pressure.
  • Sprayhose: Spray hoses need enough water pressure to be able to form water fountains. The maximum is reached at 50 m length, longer hoses steadily lose spraying power.

Bead and spray hoses tend to be designed for shorter to medium distances. If larger areas need to be covered with these hoses, multiple lines can be used to compensate for this disadvantage. Drip hoses are less dependent on water pressure and can therefore even be laid twice as long.

Colour

The choice of colour does not matter to everyone, but this criterion is not entirely unimportant. Depending on the intended use, the colour should be considered.

Striking colours help to identify the hose immediately. For gardens where other people are often present, this can be an advantage to reduce the risk of tripping. Especially for children playing in the garden, accidents can be avoided by a more visible hose.

If several irrigation systems are used at the same time, a colour separation is an effective means of creating order.

If visual appearance is a priority, the hose should have a natural colour such as green or brown. This way the hose blends in with the surroundings and does not stand out.

Winterproof

Modern hoses are very often winterproof, but why is this important? It can be very tedious to dismantle the entire irrigation system, especially if they are anchored to the ground and joined together with connectors. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the material of the hoses.

In general, it should be noted that the residual water must be left out of the hose. If there is water in the hose and it freezes, the hose will expand. Even winter-proof hoses will collapse if there is residual water.

Although hoses made of PVC are winterproof, unfortunately they cannot be stored outside thanks to their UV sensitivity. Polyethylene is much better equipped. They can also be used underground and do not have to be dug up over the winter.

Location

Irrigation hoses can be laid both above and below ground. Above-ground hoses are very easy to use and are also much easier to maintain. In addition, you can easily reposition an above-ground hose if necessary.

Peristaltic hoses are perfect for both positions

If you want to install a hose underground, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages. Drip and bead hoses work much better underground because the water is absorbed by the soil from all sides. They also do not create tripping hazards and are preferred for their better appearance.

Depending on the type of plant, a different position is suitable for the hose. For hedges, the hose should preferably be placed above ground, as the larger roots make it difficult for the underground version to get close enough.

Watering hoses: frequently asked questions and answers

To give you a clear overview of irrigation hoses, we have prepared a small guide that answers the most important questions.

Who is an irrigation hose suitable for?

Watering hoses are suitable for every lawn owner. You don't have to be an amateur gardener, because even a small lawn can dry out quickly on hot days.

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A garden hose not only makes work easier, it turns it into a pleasurable experience (Image source: Irene Dávila / unsplash)

However, for those who want to put more time and work into their garden, they play a much bigger role.

What types of irrigation hoses are there?

There are different hoses, which are more suitable depending on the situation and application. They differ mainly in the amount of water that is dispensed and whether the hose should be above or below ground. The table gives you an overview of the most important types and their advantages and disadvantages.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Spray hose easy to use, position can be changed easily coarse water dosage, unsuitable for sensitive plants, high water consumption
Drip hose adjustable water dosage, suitable for all types of plants requires drip attachments for water delivery, smaller effective area
Bead hose fine water dosage, very water-saving pores easily clogged by soil
PE hose robust, environmentally friendly material expensive
PVC hose very cheap not weatherproof, contains plasticisers and other chemicals

Spray hoses are very easy to use because they can simply be rolled out in the garden and are ready for immediate use. The hose has openings from which the water sprays out in a fountain. It is particularly suitable for newcomers.

The drip hose and the bead hose are very similar, both are used above and below ground and release water steadily. The only difference is that the drip hose releases water at longer intervals while the bead hose constantly forms small beads of water. Both types of hose can help to precisely portion the amount of water and are therefore ideal for more sensitive plants.

The PE hose and the PVC hose serve more as a transport medium and require attachments. They can be used in a variety of ways, whether underground as a lawn sprinkler or as a simple garden hose. PVC hoses were the standard for a long time, but they have been superseded by PE hoses. PE hoses have a handful of advantages, e.g. the pollution of the soil by plasticisers and chemical substances is significantly reduced. However, PVC are considerably cheaper.

What alternatives are there to an irrigation hose?

The types already mentioned above are very versatile, so there is not too much to add. But who

Alternative Description
Watering can Watering cans are very flexible to use, both at home and in the garden. They are very suitable for watering potted plants.
Lawn sprinklers Lawn sprinklers can be connected to hoses or pipes. They perform the same function as a spray hose.

Everyone knows watering cans. They are the absolute cheapest option, as neither electricity nor additional attachments or tools are needed. The disadvantage is that everything has to be watered manually. In addition, the amount of water cannot be dosed as precisely as is the case with bead and drip hoses.

Lawn sprinklers work similarly to spray hoses, but have their own strengths and weaknesses. They are much more precise than spray hoses because the angle and strength of the water jet can be adjusted. Of course, this also has its price; lawn sprinklers are comparatively very expensive. A sprinkler can cost between 25 -55 euros.

How deep can I bury an irrigation hose?

Irrigation hoses should be about 20 - 25 cm deep. For larger areas, the hoses should be laid in strips. Make sure that the hoses are 30 cm apart from each other.

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Everyone starts small, but the results are impressive. A beautiful garden is a real eye-catcher for every visitor. (Martin Kníže / unsplash)

If they are too close together, the soil becomes muddy; if they are too far apart, you get dry spots.

How long can a watering hose run?

How often something needs to be watered depends on many different factors: Weather, type of plant, type of hose, etc. If you use a spray hose, the watering time is much shorter.

On average, this is about 30 minutes. On hot days you should water several times a week, otherwise once a week is sufficient. Bead and drip hoses deliver the water in smaller quantities and therefore take longer, 3 to 4 hours in comparison.

How do you lay an irrigation hose?

Spray hoses can be rolled out very easily in the garden, while bead and drip hoses need to be very close to the plants. Depending on their length, they need to be fixed to the ground to prevent them from slipping. Shorter hoses also need attachments to regulate the water pressure.

For 90° angles, the hose should be trimmed to size and fitted with an angle attachment. This prevents kinks in the hose and improves longevity.

How can I unclog the irrigation hose?

If your irrigation hose delivers less water than usual, it is most likely clogged. The cause is almost always limescale. To combat limescale, all you need is vinegar. Take the hose from the water pipe, fill it with vinegar and let the vinegar work. After a while, the limescale will dissolve and the hose can simply be rinsed out with water.

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A prerequisite for healthy vegetables is good irrigation. This applies equally to the farmer and to the vegetable patch in the garden. (Image source: Markus Spiske/ unsplash)

The pores of bead and drip hoses can clump the soil around the hose, thus blocking the pores. However, this should not be a problem; the hose can simply be washed from the outside.

Conclusion

Watering hoses are a very helpful tool to make your work in the garden easier. Thanks to the wide selection, there is a suitable hose for every application. Watering hoses also help you to better adjust the amount of water, which is especially important for sensitive plants.

Spray and garden hoses are ideal for occasional use. They do not need to be permanently installed and can be easily stored away after use. If you want to take on a bigger challenge, you can install an underground irrigation system. This not only beautifies the garden, but also gives you the feeling of having mastered a major project with your own hands.

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