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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.

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