Garden hoses are not only handy tools for watering your lawn and gardens, but when they've reached the end of their life they also make for great up-cycling projects in and outdoors. This spring as you start looking forward to another season of yard work, try putting those old cracked and broken hoses to use.
UPCYCLING OLD GARDEN HOSES
- Re-purpose that garden hose by making it into a DIY soaker hose. Clamp off the male end of your garden hose with a zip tie or a metal hose clamp. Every two inches cut a small hole in the hose with a pair of garden shears or a box knife. Hook the female end of the hose to your spigot and adjust the water until you get the desired flow rate. Stretch your new watering hose across your flower bed or garden and enjoy the lazy-man's watering can.
- Up-cycle your old or leaking garden hose and use it as a basket handle. Simply cut the garden hose into a one-foot length and glue, staple, or tie each end of it onto an old basket or plastic bucket. In an instant you'll have a green (both literally and figuratively) basket to use outdoors in your garden.
- Guard your saw blade from the elements with a garden hose that has been cut down the side. This kind of a garden hose sheath is also a great way to keep your saw from marking up or damaging your other tools when you travel.
- If you've got an over-abundance of earwigs in your garden, try cutting your old hose into 10-inch segments. Leave the hose pieces sitting in your garden and lawn overnight. In the morning collect each hose piece and shake them out over a garbage bag or toilet. If you're lucky, each hose segment should have several earwigs inside. If your earwig traps are successful, try leaving them out for several nights in a row to put a dent in the local insect population.
- Try unplugging your rain-gutters by shoving an old hose up (or down) the gutter's downspout. Running a hose through your downspout is a great way to clear out old leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris that tend to clog up the works.
- If you've got a small leak in your plumbing and need a temporary fix while you run to the hardware store, try wrapping a piece of garden hose around the hole and clamping it down with a few zip ties. The rubber in the hose will keep the hole plugged up long enough for you to wander the isles of Home Depot or browse through the phone book looking for a good local plumber.
- Protect the blades on your ice-skates with a piece of old hose. Simply cut your hose down to size, run a slit down the entire length, and slip the hose over the sharp side of the blade.
- Cover the ropes holding up your young trees with lengths of hose to protect the bark from rope-burn.
- Protect kids from their swing set with a garden hose. All you need to do is cut your garden hose to the desired length, cut a small 2 inch slit in either end, and run the swing's chains through the hose. Your children will have something solid and rubbery to grab on to as they swing and they'll be less likely to get their hair and fingers caught in the chain.
- If you've got a lot of hose and talent on your hands, try making some DIY garden hose furniture with your old harden hoses like sculptor Chase DeForest ( http://greenupgrader.com/3247/hoseware-repurposed-garden-hoses/ ). All you need are some old pieces of broken furniture (such as a chair frame or broken armoire), a few zip ties, wood screws, and a little patience.