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30+ Alternative Uses For Old Garden Hoses

30+ Alternative Uses For Old Garden Hoses

30+ Alternative Uses For Old Garden Hoses

Like everything else in the world, garden hoses have a limited lifespan. After a few years of use, hoses get flat spots, develop leaks, get dry rotted… In short, they wear out. While the first thought may be to take your old garden hose out to the dumpster, there are a lot of reasons you may want to hang on to it a bit longer. Following are more than thirty creative things you can do to get some new life out of your old hose.

Earwig Trap:

To rid your garden of Earwigs, place 6-inch pieces of old hose around your garden. The small, dark space attracts the earwigs, and they can easily be dispatched by shaking the hose over a bucket of soapy water to drown them.

Tool Hangers:

By screwing a few loops of hose large enough to accommodate tool handles to a board in your garage, you can create orderly storage solutions with little more than your old neglected garden hose!

Faucet Extension:

If you’d like to have an outdoor spigot away from the home, simply bury a length of hose about 4 inches deep and have it pop up wherever you like.

Funnel Extension:

Add length to your favorite funnel by simply putting it through a section of your old hose.

Snake Scarecrows:

Keep birds away from your garden by creating fake snakes with 1-2 foot sections of old hose laid out in “S” patterns around the ground.

Gutter Cleaner:

if your down spouts become clogged with leaves or debris, just snake an old piece of hose up to the clog and give it a few pokes to dislodge the blockage.

Curved Sanding Blocks:

To get into tight curves where a typical sanding block doesn’t do much good, try wrapping a piece of sandpaper around a length of split garden hose. Works great for trim and crown molding.

Makeshift Door Stop:

Just cut a length of hose, squeeze flat, and jam under a door or gate. It will expand and help hold the door or gate open.

Kiddie Pool Drain:

To drain your kids’ pool and water the garden at the same time, use a length of old hose to siphon and control the flow of water.

Towel Saver:

Attach sections of old hose to pool fences to give you a spot to hang towels and robes without them getting snagged.

Garden Crafts

Basket – Wire lengths of hose together to make a custom basket for gardening.
Wreath – Wind hose into a wreath and then dress it up with other worn out items like old gloves or tools for a great garden shed decoration.
Flowers – Screw loops of hose to a board as flower petals and add leaves and a stem. Get creative with paint and different patterns!

 Garden Tool Grips:

Cut lengths of hose, split down one side, and wrap around the handles of rakes and other garden tools. Secure with hose clamps at either end.

Tomato Cage Guards:

Wrap old hose lengths around the tops of tomato cages to prevent those painful scratches you tend to get all over your arms while tending to your tomatoes.

Patio Coasters:

Glue lengths of old hose around the bottom of planters and pots to avoid scuffing your patio. As an added benefit, the extra elevation can also help bottom-draining pots.

Yard & Driveway Accents:

Paint old hose with glow-in-the-dark paint, then use them to outline walkways, driveways, or fences for neat night time decorations.

Rain Saver:

Cut down on your watering time and expense by using a braid of 2-4 old hose lengths running from your gutter down into your flower beds.

Fire Pit Rainbow:

Cut hose into pieces, place inside old lengths of copper pipe, then throw the sticks into a bonfire. The combination creates bright green, blue, pink, and purple flames. While the colors are beautiful, the fumes are not good for you so avoid breathing them. After the fire is out and the copper pieces are cool, simply push in another length of hose and use again and again!


Six inch lengths of hose make great makeshift hinges on old barn, shed, and greenhouse doors.

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