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Controlling a Garden Hose

Martha Stewart Living, March 2010

The garden hose can be unwieldy. To keep it in line, push pairs of stakes into the soil, parallel to a bed, and run the hose between them.

Tools and Materials
Work gloves
Hammer or wooden mallet
12-inch-long, 2-inch-square wooden stakes or precut 12-inch-long, 1/2-inch-diameter copper tubing plus caps (all available at
hardware stores)

The How-To
Wooden stakes work well, taking on a weathered look as they age. If you prefer a more formal -- and longer-lasting -- garden accent, use copper stakes, which develop a nice green patina.

Wearing gloves, use hammer to drive a pair of wooden stakes (or use mallet to drive copper tubing) into soil, 2 to 2 1/2 inches apart. 

Space pairs 18 to 24 inches apart. (If using copper, finish by topping tubes with caps.)

Click to see detailed stake measurements.

Comments (2)

  • JthayerJr 10 Feb, 2012

    I got this garden hose made by TUFF GUARD it's called The Perfect Garden Hose, and it's fantastic! You don't even need to do this the hose is so manageable! check it out @

  • ibcrafter 4 Aug, 2010

    This is much less expensive than the "designer" hose guides! I have also used inexpensive conduit pipe with a rubber cap normally used for chair legs. Much safer to cap these for toddler grandchildren or clumsy grandma.