Watering Equipment and Hose Selection Tips


Little child, adorable blonde toddler girl, watering the plants, beautiful Hortensia flowers, from hose spray in the garden at the backyard of the house on a sunny summer evening

As New England’s rejuvenating spring season rounds the corner to sweltering summer days, all of us homeowners have one thing on our minds: keeping our lush lawns and plentiful gardens hydrated. Stay ahead of the scorching sun by visiting Richmond Hardware and Paint to purchase all your watering supplies for the summer season. We carry all Bosch sprinklers and Teknor Apex hoses; both brands come highly recommended by our sales staff and have received the best reviews from consumers year after year. Our customer service team share their advice how to select the right watering equipment this summer.

Hose Selection Tips
Before purchasing the watering supplies you need, think about things like durability, size, length, and application. These factors will help you determine the best hose to invest in.

Durability: A vinyl hose will tend to be inexpensive and lightweight but if you’re looking for a more durable hose you should purchase a rubber hose. Yes, you may end up paying a bit more for a rubber watering hose but this likely means your hose is kink or burst-resistant, can withstand warmer temperatures, and will generally last longer.

Size: Most garden hoses in the United States are 5/8 inches in diameter but there are other options available. Keep in mind that the bigger diameter of the hose, the more water is delivered through it.

Length: Watering hoses are available in 25-foot increments, usually from 25 to 100 feet in length. Think about what you plan to do with your hose and how far it will need to reach from the spigot. Also, keep in mind that water pressure will decrease as the hose length increases.

Application: Most of us can rely on a regular garden hose this summer but for some it may be best to purchase a specialty hose. Sprinkler and soaker hoses, made for irrigation purposes, are designed to spread appropriate amounts of water to your lawn and garden for proper hydration. We also have commercial hoses available that can handle hot water and heavy-duty applications.

Safe Storage Makes a Difference
When you purchase a quality watering hose like Teknor Apex you want to take good care of it so it lasts for years to come. Protect your watering equipment by safely storing it throughout the season on a hose caddy or hanger. Not only does this keep your hose from getting kinks, breaks, or splits but it can also prevent people from tripping over it or accidentally mowing over it. In addition to protecting the integrity of the hose, a hose reel or hanger can also help deter damage from sun and heat. In the case that you do need to repair your hose, Richmond Hardware and Paint does carry a variety of Bosch and Melnor hose repair parts.

Power Washers for Your Home Exterior, Patio Furniture, and More!
In addition to keeping your lawn from burning and your crops from dehydrating, the right watering equipment can also keep the exterior of your home clean and bright. Richmond Hardware and Paint offers both Bosch and Melnor electric and gas power washers. Most people use a power washer to brighten up the exterior of their home but they can clean virtually anything you need outdoors like your patio furniture, vehicle, or children’s playground equipment. Not only do they make the job quick and unveil a dramatic difference, but using a power washer is also quite fun! Tell us what you’re looking to clean and we can make a recommendation to you of whether you should purchase an electric power washer or a gas power washer.

If you need a new watering hose, a hose caddy, hose repair parts, or a power washer this season, look no further than your local hardware store. Visit our store, Richmond Hardware and Paint, next time you’re in Braintree, Massachusetts and tell one of our experienced customer representatives what you need to keep your lawn and garden in tip-top shape this summer.