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Create a Copper Hose Guide to Protect Your Flowers

Lucy Mercer
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Show of hands: Who has watered their garden and pulled just a little too hard to get the hose closer to the flower bed, and boom, decapitated the tender annuals on the corner? It’s a familiar scenario, and luckily it’s one with an easy solution. Hose guides, either purchased or crafted, will save your plants and add some style to your garden.

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Snazzy hose guides are a cinch to make using copper pipe and cabinet pulls. A 5-foot length of ½-inch copper pipe yields three 20-inch hose guides. Add the decorative cabinet pulls of your choice, either new or vintage, and secure. 

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With a tape measure as a guide, mark off 20-inch lengths of the copper pipe. Use the pipe cutter to score and cut the pieces.

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Using an 11/64-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the copper pipe cap. A drill press makes this easy. Alternatively, stabilize the cap with pliers while you drill. Place the screw and washer through the cap, then screw onto the drawer pull.

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Place the screw and washer through the cap, then twist onto the cabinet pull. Fit the cabinet pull on top of the copper pipe. 

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Make multiple hose guides too keep your flower beds stylish and protect the plants.

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Set the copper hose guides on the corners of flower beds and around bushes where they will keep plants and shrubs safe from hoses. Use a rubber mallet to sink the hose guides deep into the soil.

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Introduction

Show of hands: Who has watered their garden and pulled just a little too hard to get the hose closer to the flower bed, and boom, decapitated the tender annuals on the corner? It’s a familiar scenario, and luckily it’s one with an easy solution. Hose guides, either purchased or crafted, will save your plants and add some style to your garden.

Step 1

Snazzy hose guides are a cinch to make using copper pipe and cabinet pulls. A 5-foot length of ½-inch copper pipe yields three 20-inch hose guides. Add the decorative cabinet pulls of your choice, either new or vintage, and secure. 

Step 2

With a tape measure as a guide, mark off 20-inch lengths of the copper pipe. Use the pipe cutter to score and cut the pieces.

Step 3

Using an 11/64-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the copper pipe cap. A drill press makes this easy. Alternatively, stabilize the cap with pliers while you drill. Place the screw and washer through the cap, then screw onto the drawer pull.

Step 4

Place the screw and washer through the cap, then twist onto the cabinet pull. Fit the cabinet pull on top of the copper pipe. 

Step 5

Make multiple hose guides too keep your flower beds stylish and protect the plants.

Step 6

Set the copper hose guides on the corners of flower beds and around bushes where they will keep plants and shrubs safe from hoses. Use a rubber mallet to sink the hose guides deep into the soil.

Materials

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