Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Today we're answering a very important series of questions with somewhat scary ideas hidden in them. We're talking about proper recycling etiquette, how to get creative with old hoses, and more.
So what's on the docket today?
Today's Topics Include:
Let's just get into things, there's no sense in wasting time.
Let's start with the most commonly-asked question this time around - can you bury a garden hose? Then we can move on to the more niche questions, like if you can bury a leaky hose, or if hoses are recyclable.
Let's get going!
And we're starting out strong with a "well... maybe" answer to the question above. While you absolutely can bury a garden hose, there are a few things to keep an eye out for. But first, we need to ask - why would you want to bury a garden hose?
Well, there are a few reasons. Some people have loads of land, and if you're one of them, you already know where I'm going with this. Trying to drag a 50-foot hose along your multi-acre property is not only a hassle but just plain inefficient! So many people try to get a bit of ingenuity in the mix and bury their garden hoses in stretches to the most common places they're needed.
So if this sounds like you, what should you consider before deciding to bury hundreds of pounds' worth of garden hoses?
Not only can you use a garden hose for a sprinkler system, but it's an incredibly common budget solution for people who want a healthy lawn. Setting up a professional-grade sprinkler system is frustrating, time consuming, and expensive - you know what isn't?
A garden hose and cheap hose-system sprinkler. That's right! They make sprinklers specifically for garden hoses.
So how do you get this set up? Easy! Follow these steps and you'll be up and running in no time:
Yes, you can bury a leaky hose, but no - it's not recommended. This is for a few reasons. First off, burying a leaky hose is an excellent way to waterlog a stretch of your property. This will result in, essentially, marshland popping up in your back garden.
Second, water is expensive, and burying a hose that leaks water is a great way for a shockingly-large water bill. Finally, though - why would you do that? There's no reason to bury a leaking hose other than being too lazy to properly dispose of it - which we'll get to soon, you mark my words.
The same goes for "soaker" hose s, which are essentially garden hoses made with pinholes already in them . Soaker hoses are generally used for agriculture to water large stretches of crops at once - but again,burying them is an outright bad idea .
Garden hoses are great when they work, but when they eventually fail, you're stuck with a long piece of rubber. So what the hell should you do with it, just throw it out? Well, no. If you can avoid trashing your old hose, do so - just don't recycle them (again, we'll get to that soon).
But there are plenty of applications to give your old hose a second life, such as:
At the end of the day, there are so many applications for old hoses. If they're damaged, you can cut those sections out, and if they're pristine, your options are pretty much limitless.
Having a hose in your garden is super useful, but it's not the best look. If you're trying to class up your garden, try out these ideas to disguise your hose in any yard:
To hide your outdoor water hose, take a peek at the above options. You can bury it, disguise it under mulch, or even paint the hose to make it stand out as art (or blend into your lawn).
No, old hose pipe cannot be recycled. This is for a few reasons:
Most importantly, though, it's a really crappy thing to do - take care of your things and properly dispose of them; don't make them other peoples' problems because you're lazy.
There are plenty of things to do with a broken water hose! You can use one of the many potential secondary uses mentioned above, just toss the sucker, or repair it. If you'd like to repair your hose, check out our garden hose repair guide for some handy tips.
No, as discussed above, you cannot put a rubber hose in the recycle bin. This is for a number of reasons, but most importantly because it's nearly impossible to recycle, causes expensive issues for the recycling centre, and can actively cause danger for those working in the centre.
Not only can you throw a garden hose away, but you actually should . As discussed above, garden hoses are technically recyclable but cause so many issues in recycling centres that you can actually be fined for doing so (in some areas).
Instead, you should try to repair your hose, find alternate uses for it, and if all else fails, throw it in thegarbage bin.
All in all, the proper disposal of your garden hose is vital to both your mental wellbeing and the safety of recycling centres worldwide. That's not to say they don't have other uses, though - a "dead" hose can still support young trees, keep blades safe, and provide a number of other uses for creative homeowners. So can you bury a leaky hose?
No! Please, don't do that - and remember -do not recycle your garden hose .
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