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One of the most important garden accessories in a hot, dry summer is a garden hose. Traditional garden hoses however, use a lot of water and are manufactured with toxic materials. Fortunately manufacturers understand the importance of and the growing market for “green” household products and are now making eco-friendly hoses with patented water restrictors that control pressure and use at least 50% less water. The restrictors also help with puddling and soil erosion.  Earth friendly hoses are made from at least 50% recycled material, usually polyurethane or rubber or a combination, and are generally much lighter than the common rubber hose.  (It is important to choose a hose with UV protective coating to prevent cracking from direct sun exposure.) And on those hot days when you need a drink of water, you can safely drink from an eco-friendly garden hose.

Conserving water is always a concern and using a rain barrel to capture rainwater is a good way to do that.  The spouts can easily be attached to your garden hose and you can put two or more barrels together for more water!

When it’s time to replace your old garden hose, consider getting a “green” one.  They can be found on line at or

Greener gardening is one more way to feel good about doing the right thing for the earth!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by nancy yardley on July 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    that one was interesting- not sure I will get that hose though! Love the ideas you are coming up with….


  2. Thanks Neutsy! Appreciate your response.


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