DIY Hose Guides – Easy Gardening Project

Protect Your Plants with the DIY Hose Guides

I have really large garden beds in my front and back yard. Some are easy to manage as far as the hose goes and others have paths in them that really require hose guides to keep the hose off my plants.  I priced hose guides recently and found them a bit pricey for my liking. (affiliate link)  I had made some hose guides out of rebar and plastic balls several years ago and they were very basic.  I wanted to redo them to go along with my new Southwest Garden Bed so I came up with this DIY Hose Guides project.Looking for a way to keep your hose out of your garden plants? Try these DIY Hose Guides The colors that I am using for decoration in my new garden bed are turquoise and rust.  Originally I tried to spray paint the heads of these to match but the paint just would not stick, so I settled for some inexpensive plastic balls in a bright orange instead.  It goes along pretty well with the terra cotta pots in my South West corner, so I am happy with the way they ended up.Supplies for DIY hose guidesFirst I assembled my supplies.  To do this project, I needed these items: (affiliate links)

  • 12 pieces of re-bar, cut to 16″ lengths.  (I wanted the extra height for my garden bed but you could go shorter if you wanted.)
  • 1 package of brightly colored plastic golf balls
  • 1 can of turquoise Rustoleum spray paint (I was going to use the red rust color to spray the balls but don’t bother with this, it won’t work.
  • exacto knife or pair of scissors
  • Container of wet garden soil
  • Hammer

conatiner of wet soilThe first thing that I did was fill a 10 gallon pot of soil and made sure the it was very wet.  I used this to insert the re-bar for spraying.  Be sure to wet the soil.  If you don’t, the re-bar will topple over and mess up the paint.  (don’t ask me how I know this!)  Use an old pot you don’t care about.  It will end up with paint residue on it.  (don’t ask me how I know this either. LOL)

Insert the rebar into the soilLay out some pieces of cardboard and insert the re-bar about 5 inches apart into the soil.  The bottom part of the re-bar does not need painting, since it will be hammered into the soil.

spray the re-barSpray the re-bar, being sure to move around the container so that you will get all areas of the re-bar coated with the paint.

Sprayed re-barLeave the sprayed re-bar to dry completely.  Mine took only one coat of paint and it covered well. 

Notched ballsWhile the paint is drying, use the exacto knife or your scissors to cut a small hole into the underside of the plastic ball.  It will need to be big enough to fit over the piece of re-bar but tight enough so that the ball fits snugly.

finished hose guideI tested mine after I cut one ball to make sure the size of the hole was correct.  Mine was about the size of the tip of my thumb.

holes in plastic ballsWhen you are done, you will have 12 notched balls, all ready to make into hose guide heads.

hammer in the re-barUse some string of a piece of old hose to lay out the area where you want your hose guides to sit.  Once you are happy with the placement of the re-bar, hammer it in. It is important to lay it out well, since the re-bar will be hammered down into the earth quite a depth and it’s hard to get out if you put it in the wrong place.  Once you have all the re-bar in place, take the plastic balls and firmly push them over the top of the re-bar.  The colorful hose guides will make it easy to spot and the height of them will protect your plants well.

hose guides on pathI had mine about 3 feet apart on the path and placed a piece of re-bar every 3 feet so that the were even. This placement gave me a total path on both sides and some for the corners where the hose really does damage to my plants.  Hose guides in the gardenThe bright colors of the hose guides will make sure that I don’t trip over them, which is something that I did often before I painted them.  The original ones were the color of the mulch and I have tripped on them more times than I can count!

What do you use in your garden for hose guides?

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  17 comments for “DIY Hose Guides – Easy Gardening Project

  1. Emagrecer Urgente
    04/21/2017 at 12:03 am

    Very cool, I liked it a lot. Congratulations for the text. I really liked it, I’ll try it here. thank you for sharing with us.

    04/23/2017 at 10:47 am

    How interesting I love plants, and it got super cute too Congratulations Carol.

  3. Como Remover Tatuagem
    04/24/2017 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing this informative and inspirational article.I have a large garden and this content is just I’m searching for. Your blog is awesome.
    Hope to see more of this kind of post again and again.

  4. 05/05/2017 at 7:24 pm

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  5. como tocar cavaquinho
    06/01/2017 at 3:35 pm

    I did and it was amazing. I loved the result. Thanks for sharing, I love your blog.

    • Carol
      06/01/2017 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Como. Glad you enjoy my posts! Carol

  6. Cataryne
    06/05/2017 at 7:35 am

    Hehehe this is very interesting. I’ll try and then come back here to tell you how the result was 🙂

  7. Yanka Morison
    06/10/2017 at 2:59 pm

    Simple, practical and delicious. I loved the result. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carol
      06/10/2017 at 3:19 pm

      My pleasure Yanka. Carol

  8. fabiana
    06/29/2017 at 6:47 pm

    this is very interesting. I’ll try and then come back here to tell you how the result was, it will be great.

  9. Nivia
    08/02/2017 at 1:04 pm

    I love gardening, because my backyard is full of flowers, but there, in those blue irons, is there any illumination at night?

    • Carol
      08/02/2017 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Nivia No, there is no lighting in them. Carol

  10. OMB100
    08/10/2017 at 8:51 pm

    I love gardening, this is very interesting

  11. Curso Batateiro Empreendedor 3.0
    08/13/2017 at 9:41 am

    Congrats for the job. I love plants, gardering, etc.

  12. Tom
    09/20/2017 at 10:48 am

    I loved your idea Carol, I’ll do the same thing in my grandmother’s yard, because she drags the hose anyway and leaves hurting the kkkkk plants, very creative … hug.

    • Carol
      09/20/2017 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Tom. Glad you liked the idea. Carol

  13. Candidiase como curar
    06/01/2018 at 1:24 pm

    I loved your idea Carol

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