Homemade Hose Guides

small open bed with hose guides

I have an open, ground-level bed in my vegetable garden, where I rotate corn with other crops, and it needs protection from the sweeping and crushing effects of the watering hose.  I had been using rebar scraps for that purpose–crude but effective.  However, anything with low visibility, such as a short, rusty stake, is a magnet for me to smack and scrape my shins so I brainstormed something more visible, as well as more attractive.

small hose guard and rebarI love it when I can make something useful out of scraps.  My homemade hose guards/guides are created with left-over pieces of pvc pipe, a broken beaded belt, ping pong balls, wooden candle cups and old latex paint and latex primer. Yep, random stuff.

To make them, I cut the pvc to even lengths (18″) and sanded it so it would take the paint well.  Then I primed & painted everything and glued the ping pong balls and/or candle cups to the top of the pipe using 100% silicone adhesive caulk.  Then as an added bit of sparkle (and for added strength), I used more caulk to wrap strings of seed beads around where the top “finial” met the pipe.  I finished it up with a glass gem on top.  Then I slid them over the top of the sturdy but shorter rebar and sunk them in a few inches. And, voila!

So that they last a few seasons, in the fall when I store my hoses away, I’ll bring in the hose guides, too.  Easy enough to put them out again in spring–the rebar stays in place.

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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