It can be a challenge to get water everywhere in your yard, especially if you only have one to two faucets to work with. I have two, but I have over an acre of land and must fill livestock tanks, water gardens and yards, all situated around the property in different areas.
It’s a pain. Shortly after dragging a heavy hose to all my areas, I hide various hose for different purposes to be more effective and do what I needed.
The question here is not just how to hide a garden hose, but also how to hide a hose underground? The answer is, it’s up to it. Most of what you need to think about is where you live and the various factors that can be problematic on your property.
Can I hide a garden hose?
In short, the answer is yes, for your water transport needs you can hide a garden hose. You may want the water to get to an area that is difficult to reach and are tired of dragging a hose. Perhaps you have to water an area around your hose on the south-facing wall. Or perhaps you just hate to see your hose laid out.
Regardless of your reason, you certainly can hide a garden hose, but you can consider a few factors if you expect success. Fluctuations in the temperature, the type of soil, and the kinds of burrowing and hiding animals in your area may impede the intention of first having a buried hose.
What type of garden hose to hide?
You will not hide your most expensive expandable shell obviously but you will not hide the cheapest shell you can buy either. The main reason is that they will not use the underground for a great deal of time. Depending on why you are considering hiding a shell, the type of shell you need for this project will be determined.
An old-fashioned rubber or polyurethane hose will be your favorite choice to get water from one place to another. You are sturdy, you can easily handle weather fluctuations, do not crush under the weight of the soils above you, and you won’t accidentally knock and hide it. You will also want to purchase a larger shell diameter (at least 3⁄4 inch) to get the most water flow when in use.
If you want to water areas of the hose, you want to hide a soaker or drip hose. You can even make one of these with a cheap or old leaky pad with only a handful of tools around the house. I have in fact run two of them through my garden and vegetable beds, and they worked wonderfully through the heat of the south-west desert all summer.
Where to hide a garden hose?
The fascinating thing about using a garden hose over another burial product is the fact that a hose can curve around objects that can hinder your parched garden bed from a straight line from your water source. There are even ways to tunnel under a driveway or sidewalk using PVC hose and water pressure. You can, therefore, hide a hose essentially wherever you need one.
How to hide a garden hose?
If you have a rubber hose or a soaker type hose, they are buried according to the same technique: dig a trench 4-6 inches deep and about 2 inches wide. Shoot your hose in and hide them. It doesn’t really come any simpler than that.
If you want to seriously, you can or will hide it deeper, but that depth should be enough for any purpose for which you must use it.
Consider maintaining soaker hoses at less than 4 inches so that it can water the roots of new, shallow-rooted plants and allow humidity to soak up into deeper plants.
If you have considered this project, don’t think more. If the above information is taken into account and you have decided that hose hiding is the right thing for you, you will waste no time (unless your ground is solidly frozen).
I have both run the underground hose for simple water transport and for soaking purposes and did not regret my decisions once. Although the ground rarely freezes over the top four inches.
I still don’t use my own when the temperature starts to freeze and turn the water off from these sources because I would hate residual water to push it back to the hose and freeze it with a cold snap.