My #1 angst and drama in the garden is dragging hoses around and storing them, so when Ames offered to send out a few hose reels to test with the goal of having a give-away contest whereby one of my lucky readers would also win a hose reel and be able to live with less drama in their lives, I jumped at the chance. I totally replaced all my hoses this year to be drinking water safe hoses — because I want an organic garden watered safely with no lead. Then we replaced the hose reels of course. At the bottom of this post are all the contest rules, but before we give-away a hose reel, let’s check out a few of the ones from Ames I was able to review.
Ames NeverLeak® Poly Wall Mount Hose Reel With Manual Guide
This hose reel features the Ames NeverLeak® aluminum water system (see top photo), which resists cross threading, stands up to cold temperatures, and is 8 times stronger than typical plastic water systems. This hose reel worked fine, but sadly, I was unable to attach it to my house because the spouse doesn’t want me to attach anything to the house – you get my drift – the husbands vital needs are important. So therefore, I tried it as a standing unit and it worked just fine. It’s hose guide was not very guidey overall and was sometimes a challenge to coordinate (see right), but the hose pulled out with ease and was easy to access. I think this hose reel would work in a challenging spot with very little space – perhaps an urban garden.
Ames NeverLeak® 250′ Hose Reel Hose Cart With Hose Guide
Ames hose reel cart is mobile and features the NeverLeak aluminum water system (see above photo). This heavy duty hose cart includes a manual hose guide with a utility tray and the leader hose is included. I loved this cart on my flagstone paths. I have some unique vertical wall gardens in my garden this year (like the Boston ferns above left) and the hose cart was helpful. I could detach the leader hose and reattach it to a water line in a different location. I used the utility tray to put my snippers and would snip while I was hosing, but the manual hose guide was sometimes a challenge. Good product that would be best for a gardener who has gardens in several locations around the property that needs tending to.
Ames NeverLeak® 225′ Auto-Track ® Designer Series Hose Cabinet
Ames® hose deck box is stylish, functional, and the auto-track hose guide worked like a charm (see above photo). Absolutely no wrestling with the guide unless the hose got kinked (see photo right). Kinked hoses are tragic, of course, but reeling with this cabinet went very quickly because of the auto-track guide. It features the Ames NeverLeak® aluminum water system which will not leak under normal use. I loved this hose cabinet — really easy to use, plus I used the top to set my tools, drinks, and everything else you could think of I drag through the garden (reading material, birds nests, bags of leaves, pillows, etc.). This is also a space saver because you can set things on top of it. I really liked this hose cabinet and see it as good for any traditional garden.
AND THE WINNER IS —
Announcing the randomly selected winner. ::drumroll please:: It’s Vickie Paquin for her tip on poison ivy, “The best tip I’ve ever had is how to get rid of poison ivy in places where it’s not convenient to spray all you have to do is slip a grocery bag over your hand and pull the plant and pull the bag down over poison ivy tie it up and throw it away Nothing touches your skin!!!” Congrats Vickie!
HOW TO WIN A HOSE REEL –
It is easy to enter to win the hose reel of your choice from the above selections. In the comment section below give me a garden tip that you learned from someone you love (be sure to leave an email so that I can find you to award your prize). Share some garden tips – get a hose reel. Seems like a good deal, right?
I will randomly select one comment to win the contest on June 21, 2014 and will have the Ames peeps send out the hose reel to the winner. Special Note* — contest only open for people who are within the contiguous United States for shipping purposes. Also – I’ll be giving the majority of the hose reels to a local community garden to help them organize their hose drama after this contest. 🙂