PVC Garden Hose
Anyone with a lawn or garden understands the need for a decent garden hose, and one of the best options available is the PVC garden hose. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or vinyl hoses are the go-to choice for a lot of homeowners – and with good reason. They are an economical choice, are relatively easier to carry, easy to find, and durable. PVC hoses vary in terms of features and quality though, and if you want to make sure that you end up with a quality hose, you may want to look closely.
The PVC hose is not exactly as durable as the rubber hose, but it can do the job just fine if you use it for the usual home gardening tasks. PVC in itself is already a durable material; it is scratch and cut resistant and can withstand harsh weather conditions (the temperature range for most garden hoses is at -14 degrees F to 150 degrees F), although you still have to make sure that you do not leave vinyl hoses out in the sun for too long when unused and that you store them right way. Some PVC hoses are coated with a UV resistant substance though.
Ply refers to the layer. Plies for garden hoses can range from one to six. Obviously, the more plies, the stronger the hose is. Also, if you are going to use the hose for a lot of gardening tasks, consider getting one that is reinforced with a radial cord. This kind of reinforcing typically increases resistance to pressure. The best PVC garden hoses are also reinforced near the couplings to prevent kinking.
Keep in mind that a garden hose with a bigger diameter can deliver more water. These hoses typically come in ½ inch, 5/8 inch, ¾ inch and 1 inch varieties, although the more commonly used ones are the ¾ inch and 5/8 inch hoses. In the US, most garden hoses are the 5/8 inch variety.
PVC garden hoses typically come in lengths that vary from 25 to 75 feet. You will need to purchase a garden hose with a length that’s just right for your needs. You obviously do not want a short hose which you cannot use at all but you would not want a hose that is much longer that what you need. Very long hoses are quite heavy and you may have difficulty moving them around the garden. The weight of a very long hose could also cause damage to the structure when stored on a reel.
You can get the standard PVC hose but there are specialty PVC garden hoses you might want to use too. Sprinkler hoses spray water upward gently, and they would be excellent choices for garden and lawn irrigation. Soaker hoses are buried on the soil, usually under a layer of mulch and would leak small amounts of water over time to keep your flowerbeds in good condition.
In choosing a PVC garden hose, keep durability, size, length and the fittings in mind, but do not forget the price; avoid a cheap garden hose that needs to be replaced regularly and think about paying a bit more for a quality hose which would let you save money in the long run.