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Toni’s Tool Tips | The Hose Knows

Wrestling with heavy hoses is hard enough for a strong gardener, but when you have a bad back or arthritis, using and storing heavy hoses is literally a pain.

All my original hoses were the wrong hoses. Maybe it was a function of what was available at the time, but still. I was always wrestling with them when I needed them unraveled, unkinked, or back on the hose hanger. Each one was so so heavy, making them awkward to use—I threw out my back several times. But guess what?

Quality lightweight hoses do exist!

Thankfully, hoses have come a long way. They’re lighter, softer, and much gentler on stiff fingers and joints. I like the lightweight options so much, I have replaced all my heavy hoses. Watering is now way easier on my body.

Gardeners who live in condos or apartments with patios or lanais and houses with balconies or second-story window boxes will benefit from lightweight coiled hoses because you can attach them to your kitchen faucet with an adapter from your hardware store. Coiled hoses also help prevent injuries that might result from standard hoses, which can be difficult to store.

Toni Gattone

Toni Gattone

Adaptive Gardening Expert & Inspirational Change-Agent. Toni’s enthusiasm is contagious. She is passionate about empowering gardeners with practical, how-to information. While gardeners of all ages and abilities appreciate her work, she especially enjoys working with modern elders, boomers and seniors who are growing older and yet want to live bolder lives. Her posts are information rich, with helpful resources, that will keep you coming back for what’s new. Toni is a caring and compassionate gardening guide and cheerleader, and oh by the way, she’s very Italian.

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