TOP GEAR

Treat your­self to some de­cent equip­ment. Here are a few prod­ucts that could turn wa­ter­ing woes into wa­ter­ing wow!

Gardening Australia - - KNOW-HOW -

Non-kink hoses & ttings

Ro­l­away Un­der­ground Hose The sleek de­sign of this re­tractable hose (above) is an al­ter­na­tive to a reel at­tached to a wall, as it can be in­stalled un­der your lawn or tim­ber deck­ing, or set in con­crete. The Aus­tralian-made unit ($299) comes with a 20m hose and poly­mer and stain­less steel fit­tings. The unit has a 15-year guar­an­tee. ro­l­away.com.au Hol­man Grow-Hose This is the only hose in Aus­tralia that ex­tends to 2.5 times its orig­i­nal length. Water pres­sure ex­pands the hose (left), which au­to­mat­i­cally re­tracts when the tap is turned off. The hose is light­weight, it needs no un­wind­ing or de­tan­gling, and is guar­an­teed un­kink­able.

It’s avail­able in a 6m length ex­tend­ing to 15m ($39), with 12mm fit­tings. The hose has a 10-year war­ranty. hol­manin­dus­tries.com.au

AK Easy­hose In this Aus­tralian-made unit, the hose is en­closed in a cas­ing with an auto-rewind mech­a­nism and a 180-de­gree swivel ac­tion. The UV-sta­bilised polypropy­lene cas­ing en­closes a 15m gar­den hose, with con­nec­tor hose, mount­ing brack­ets and hose fit­tings. Choose from the stan­dard dark green reel with plas­tic fit­tings ($199) or the de­signer reel in a choice of colours with brass fit­tings ($225). The reel has a two-year war­ranty. akreels.com.au Gar­dena Su­perFLEX hose Guar­an­teed leak-free when used with the in­cluded fit­tings, this UV-sta­bilised hose has high-den­sity spi­ral mesh re­in­forc­ing that re­sists kinks. With a 30-year war­ranty, it’s avail­able in 15m ($63) and 30m ($100) lengths. gar­dena.com/au

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