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