I have tried a number of hoses. The biggest problem is the kinks. I need at least 150 ft of hose, but even just pulling out a few feet, results in kinks.
I have had a very heavy duty black hose which is very difficult to drag around due to its weight. It was expensive, even for Wal-Mart and it supposedly has a lifetime guarantee. Good luck in me finding the long lost paperwork.
My sister works at Home Shopping Network and just ordered me three (50 ft ea) hoses, which are advertised on TV. The hose is collapsible and light weight. I have been using it for one week. I have been diligent about draining it of water and leaving the nozzle open so that air and water can drain while it is stored. It is such a pleasure with no kinking and being light weight.
After one week it burst while the water was flowing. I was in shock because I was loving the non-kink feature and the ease of moving around the property to water the plants and animals. Of course, I will return it.
I hooked up the old black hose and I am truly miserable. I can deal with the weight if I have to, but it constantly kinks. Imagine having to constantly interrupt water by walking back and forth the length of the hose, just to un-kink it.
PLEASE, has anyone found a solution to this problem? Why can't we get a thinner version of a fire hose? I am really bummed out over this. It was like a week of freedom taken away from me. HELP!
I know what you mean. My solution was to string soaker houses all through my beds so that all nicks and crannies have access to water. Then I bought 2nd hand hoses or took neighbors houses they put in their trash, and strung them from hose bibs I had placed in strategic spots and connected them to soaker hoses. I have one hose bib with a four part manifold and that takes care of four beds. On others I use Y connectors. I put timers on each hose bib and sometimes I found them at the 2nd hand store.
Then I buried the whole hose system with well rotted manure so none of it shows. There are several breaks a year, and they are easy to spot and repair. I keep a tool box just for soaker hose repair and take it to the break, do the repair in just minutes and things are back in service again.
I first installed them about 10 years ago, I did the work myself, and have not replaced any whole hose so far.
Attached is a photo of early spring 2010 that reveals the layout of my ground. You don't see any hoses, but can see a couple of places I need to bury them deeper.
Caution, This is not a digging garden. That is usually what breaks a hose. so be careful if you use this technique.
Now that I have heart problems and can't drag hoses at all, this system works well for me. Happy watering, whatever you find.
Joan, I used soaker hoses for many years and they seemed to work well, but I was always digging and breaking them. When I left them on top of the ground, they were still in the way when I wanted to plant something new. I stopped using them last year and used sprinklers in permanent locations, set on tripods to keep them above the tall plants. Again, a little too ugly for most people.
I'm mostly a fruit & vegetable gardner, so I care more about ease of getting good things to eat than looks. In fact someday I plan on making my garden really ugly by running water lines permanently 7 feet above the ground and locating sprinklers at strategic locations on the lines. Some lines for regular watering and some with fine misting heads to be used when a late frost is predicted in the spring (or an early frost in the fall).
P.S. the four boxes have water supply to each box on timers and that is the way to go! I love raised beds.
I've used timers in the past and loved them, but since moving, I haven't got around to hooking them up again.
Sorry for your hose problems, but I'm glad to hear about how bad the TV hose was. I figured it was too good to be true! Especially at that price. It would be nice if someone could make a thin fire hose that worked.
My solution to kinked hoses is probably not acceptable to most people. I just leave them permanently where I want them all year. They don't look good, but I'm more into practicality than looks.
I do the same thing, Idaho. I have left hoses for so long that ground cover plants have grown over them and they are no longer visible. I then hook up another hose to the buried ones, for mobility.
I too am sorry to hear about the TV hoses. My husband was eying those, thinking they would be a nice solution.
I just had a thought. For what it's worth, perhaps you could put a pressure reducer in front of your two remaining flexible hoses.
Thanks everyone. Please keep suggestions coming and I'll incorporate what I think works best for my property, which will probably be a combination of ideas.
I don't think reduced pressure will work with the collapsible hose. The construction is just that bad. Someone at Wal-Mart told me that they are being returned all the time for leaking. Amazon reviews say the same thing. Home shopping (where I got mine) is sold out, no reviews yet.
A woman was selling them at the Strawberry Festival, claiming that hers were the same ones on TV and that her type do not leak. I don't believe it. They all look exactly the same. Before you buy, do internet searches for reviews and see what others say. And I'm telling you that I babied mine and it only lasted a week.
I was told that the wait for the one on TV is weeks. This is an idea that everyone wants, but I don't think it is a good one.
Years ago I tried a flat hose and the same thing happened. It burst.