Hoses All over the Yard
Thought I'd just pass along this really great tip for keeping hoses off the lawn. Last fall, we dug a shallow (about 6 inch deep 4 inch wide) trench from the outdoor faucet to the vegetable garden. We cut the sod so that it sort of "peeled back". We put in a long "conduit" of 2 inch PVC plastic pipe. It was very easy. AND CHEAP. You just glue the joints together. Put two 45-degree "elbows" on either end. After the PVC pipe joints are dry, we filled in the trench, replaced the sod, smoothed everything down. This spring, we ran the garden hose thru the underground pipe. Voila! No more running over the garden hose with the mower, and no more having to drag it around. We found that it's easiest to get the hose thru the pipe if you put a cap on the hose and turn the water on. The hose is more rigid that way and easier to push. Our underground conduit is about 30 feet long. I think that for distances more than that, you might have problems getting the hose pushed thru. We are thinking that if we do this for a longer reach, we'll put a clothesline thru each section as we assemble it, then use the clothesline to pull a hose thru.