There are plenty of ways to store garden hose. You can coil it neatly on the ground, wrap it over a hanger, or even wind it on a reel. The problem with all of these methods is that you can still see the hose, or the box storing the hose. They can take up a lot of space.
But with the Gardena Spiral Hose Box, the hose disappears under the ground with only a small cover showing. It’s so low profile you could mow right over it. The only downside is you have to plumb it with an underground water line.
To use the hose, you just slide the lid open, pull out the hose, and turn on the nozzle. When you want to put it away, you “return the hose to the box” and close the lid. They don’t really specify how you stuff the hose back in, or how difficult it is. I’d assume the point of having a spiral hose is that it’d make getting it back into the box easier though.
The included spiral hose is 33 feet long. It has what looks to be a proprietary quick-connect fitting that attaches to Gardena’s optional hose accessories, but they at least include one of their classic spray nozzles with the hose. Their quick connect has an automatic “Water Stop” valve which allows you to change accessories without shutting off the water.
On the bottom of the box there’s a 1″ make threaded fitting, for connecting it, and its attached hose, to your water supply.
You can find the Gardena Spiral Hose Box at Amazon for $99 shipped, plus tax. If you live in the Midwest and have a Menards close by, they sell this in ground hose box regularly for $65, and there’s an extra $5 off until May 8th, 2016.
We’re setting up some new flowerbeds after having our driveway replaced. Right now I’m dragging a long hose all over the yard to reach the beds, but it’d be great just to have a shorter hose at the point of use. I do plan on pulling in some hard line for irrigation when the beds are established, but as long as I’m doing that, I’m thinking throwing in an easy place to access water would be handy.
A few of the beds are close to the road or sidewalk, and I’m wondering if I really want a spigot close to the public where anybody can mess with it. This in ground system allows you to keep a shorter hose in a very discreet looking cover on the ground. Sure it’s security through obscurity, but it’s better than some troublemaker walking by leaving your spigot on.