“ Brand: Hozelock / Type: Hoses / Reels „
Boys and their toys inevitably grow into big boys and their very big (and extremely expensive toys) and le hose is one of the more satisfying of the outside variety... Middle age being what it is, my attention over the last few years has been straying ever more readily in the attention of gardening and all things to do with it, although Mrs D keeps giving me a hard time about 'letting the garden go to rack and ruin' ever since I came across Dooyoo and Ciao - get your priorities right, old girl! I mean, it's far more interesting writing about something than actually doing it, after all. Now, where was I..... Oh yeah ... sorry, memory going, must be the drugs.... ...all things gardening. As well as the garden itself and the plants you need, there's also the prospect of new MEN'S TOYS such as spade, fork, rake, hoe, lawnmower and THE GARDEN HOSE... my favourite. You see when you have a garden and it gets to summer, just occasionally (VERY) you get a dry spell in le UK and to keep things going you have to have access to a ready water supply. The prospect of endless trips with a watering can quickly becomes one of the least attractive options and in this day and age there is really only one alternative ... THE GARDEN HOSE, you have just got to get one. As far as garden hoses go, there is really only one name that matters and that is the marvellous Hozelock and its accessories. When I got a hose, I went for the best one I could afford and opted for Hozelock's 30m hose and carrying cart - a real monster of a beast. I've been extremely chuffed with it and it's been of excellent value, BUT... In retrospect, the 30m hose has been a bit of a mistake. I thought I would need that amount of pipe but it's a bit over the top and I've just got about 10m of hose that has remained curled up on the carry cart ever since I got it. Oh well, hindsight is a marvel lously accurate science, or as Mrs D puts it, "You'll know next time Fatty..." The kit comes with all the attachments you need, although unless you've got a tap with a screw nozzle you're going to struggle with any hose. You can get that attachment that claims to be able to deal with normal taps, but they're doomed to failure in my experience. You can also buy neat add on things like a rotating sprinkler if you really want to go deluxe and Mr Lazy (what do you think?) When you use the hose, you need to make sure you avoid getting those unpleasant kinks in it (not the Tory kind, you understand, but the folds in the hose), because they will stop water flowing and you could well damage the hose despite its claim to have an inner tube as well as the outer one. It's certainly well made, but I'm getting increasingly paranoid these days. I've been extremely satisfied with my buy and can heartily recommend it and I think you'll find there's nothing more certain to give you a feeling of total power that being able to stand in your front garden giving your plants (and the dave27-ettes when they start acting up...) a thorough soaking. You can imagine yourself as Alexander the Great considering his empire from on high and casting the rains upon his deserving people (if you are really sad like me...) Little things amuse little minds.
We were lucky enough to be given one of these as a wedding gift a few years ago. They are a marvellous addition to any garden. The hose cart ensures that hoses are kept in good order,leaving hoses unwound tends to lead to many kinks that are frustrating and annoying to untangle. The sturdy base allows for hoses to be easily unwound, once done with they are equally easily wound back onto the spool.Hoses that are left unwound not only look unsightly but are a real tripping hazard in the garden, particularly for young children who like nothing better than to tear around. The cart comes complete with a range of the more common tap and hose connectors. There is a storage tray for these that they clip into. These aren't cheap, yet once bought they should last many years. The abs plastic casing just shouldn't break under normal use. So this outlay will ensure that the hose will last a lot longer than one which has been left unwound, fewer kinks in the hose will also leave it quicker to get going. An accessory thats worth paying the extra for.
I cannot tell you how many years I struggled with sloshing watering cans, trying to keep my plants and hanging baskets alive, and buckets of water to wash the car... Buying a proper hose, that could be neatly stored and therefore not trip up unsuspecting children and elderly visitors, and one that could be easily wheeled around to the right location, just seemed TOO expensive to contemplate. Luckily last year I found a good one, Hozelock 'Thru Flow' Cart with Professional Hose and Spray Gun at a reduced price in a DIY store, (it is currently £59.99 in Argos) and it came with a free Oscillating Sprinkler, which normally costs an extra £9.99. The first thing to say is that if you have a long garden, this will make watering very much easier. The cart just has to be tipped backwards and then it is easy to wheel anywhere you need to take it. The 50m of hose is long enough for all but the largest garden. I find it useful to wash my car, which has to be parked at the front of the house, while the nearest tap in at the back, therefore I need to run the hose through the whole length of my home...not possible with a shorter length. It comes complete with an adjustable head, which I can use on it's fastest setting to fill up the paddling pool or on it's most gentle, to water my hanging baskets without damaging the delicate flowers. It is simple to wind up the hose again,...mind you, you do need to take a little care, to keep it evenly on the cart... once it has been used it stores away neatly in a shed or against a wall. It states that the hose supplied is "kink resistant" but I certainly don't find it any better (or worse) than other hose pipes. This is a good product and I do recommend it, but I would suggest that you keep a close eye on Special Offers in places like B&Q and Homebase etc. Last year there were so many offers from Hozelock, that you had to be very c areful to get the best bargain, different lengths of hose and various free items can make it quite difficult to compare like with like, and get the best deal available.