What to do in winter - hoses

rosiew(8 GA)November 16, 2012

Wondering what others do with the hoses during the winter. I have newly planted shrubs at the far back of my property which will need regular watering. I'm concerned about the hoses freezing/bursting since I won't be able to keep them drained. Arrgghh. Hoping y'all can advise me. I live above Atlanta.

TIA, Rosie, Sugar Hill, GA

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Are the hoses hooked up to a slow drip system, or is there a nozzle of some sort at the far end? Anyway, you can probably eliminate the potential for problems by simply unhooking the hose from the hose bibb.

What kind of shrubs are they and how often do you plan on watering them?

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 6:38AM
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rosiew(8 GA)

rhizo, thanks much for replying. I respect your judgment.

Hoses not hooked up to a slow drip system - I wish I could do that. The shrubs are aucuba japonica, six of them, planted among trees in my shady far back. Never thought of unhooking the hose each time. DOH. Easy enough to do, of course. And that would make it easier to protect the bibb against freezing. I usually concoct a wrapping of bubble wrap, taping it into place, but think I'll buy some of the form fitting covers instead.

Rosie

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 6:54AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Here's what I would do....remove the nozzle from the end of the hose and unhook the other end from the bib. I really like the molded styrofoam covers....fast and easy protection.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:11PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Our hookup is about 2.5 feet off of the ground, so there's no way there's any water in it after a few minutes. Our old, leaky hose drips empty within a few minutes. On those rare, special days when it's not spurting from the connection between 2 hoses, I leave the nozzle dripping slowly to make sure it empties. If I don't, it's too hard to roll up in the storage box when it's full and heavy. If the hose is drained and well below the spigot, there's no water in it to freeze. I used to leave my hose hooked up in OH too and only once had a spigot freeze which did NOT have a hose hooked to it. Aside from being hard on the hose, I don't see any reason to unhook an empty hose.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 2:48PM
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