It’s generally not recommended to leave a garden hose outside in winter, especially in areas where temperatures regularly drop below freezing. When water freezes inside a garden hose, it can expand and cause the hose to crack or burst, leading to leaks and potentially expensive damage.
To protect your garden hose during the winter months, it’s best to store it inside a garage or shed, or in another location where it won’t be exposed to freezing temperatures.
Here are some tips for winterizing your garden water hose:
Turn off the water supply to the hose and disconnect it from the faucet or spigot.
Drain any water from the hose by elevating one end and allowing the water to flow out.
Coil the hose neatly and store it in a dry, sheltered location.
If you don’t have a good place to store the hose, consider investing in a hose reel with an enclosed storage compartment that will protect it from the elements.
By taking the time to properly store your garden water hose during the winter, you can help prevent damage and ensure that it will be ready to use again in the spring.