Have you seen the price of decorative hose guards lately? Well, I have and it made my blood pressure rise! Since early spring I have been on the hunt for pretty hose guards to prepare for the inevitable dry spells of summer. My flower beds curve around the yard and gazebo.So pulling the hose to water can damage plantings along the way. But no way can I spend ten or more dollars each on metal sticks to keep my hose in check, no matter how cute they are.
So I came up with an idea. Two expandable metal curtain rods purchased at a yard sale for fifty cents with a pretty fleur de lis top got pulled apart. Now I had four sections that were my potential hose guards. Off to the hardware store to purchase short pieces of rebar at $1.60 each and off to the garden shed to pull out some leftover spray paint. I did take one of the rods with me to get the right diameter size of rebar. Note that there will be one rod slightly larger than the other. Take the smaller one with you so the curtain rods will fit over the rebar easily.
Paint the curtain rods and let them dry, pound the rebar in the ground with a hammer and slide the painted curtain rod over it. Now you have a hose guard that will swivel as the hose pulls across it and is a pretty garden accent, too! Less than $2.00 each and they work great! My hose guard searching days are over and I still have money to buy more plants!