Fixated….How to Recycle a Garden Hose
The Spring cleaning inside of the home is done and now it’s time to move to the outdoors. Thankfully, I have the help of some great landscape designers to help me do clean-up around the houses and to remove, repair and update the yards to erase all of the damage Mother Nature has done over this harsh winter season.
One thing that I did neglect last year was to remove the garden hoses from their wall mounts and put them into storage. So, after testing a few of the hoses, I discovered they are leaking—badly—all over the place. So, since a leaking hose is a useless hose, I now fixated on the task of recycling them.
Since I can’t seem to find anything online that tells me how I can recycle broken hoses the traditional way of recycling, I am now looking into the world’s of Upcycling and seeing what other crafty folks did with their hose recycling dilemma.
What about a hose basket? It looks like this was all put together—very cleverly I might add—with the use of zip ties.
This garden hose topiary….. um, am I the only one that feels like Medusa is living in my garden with this? I like where they are going with this, but it screams jumble of snakes to me. Maybe if it was painted a different color? But bonus points for the creativity and effort for sure.
A hose chair! This would be perfect for outdoor seating in… duh…the garden. Clever. It looks simple but I think this took way more effort and skill to pull off than it appears.
So, I’m off to make a hose basket now with my package of zip ties.
But in the meantime, I will say this: If you’re going to buy new garden hoses, make sure you do two things: Look for the ones made from recycled materials (there are lots made from old tires) and then learn from my lesson: pack them up and put them away the next time Old Man Winter comes along. Thankfully, that many, many months away. !