A lonely garden hose lies in a pile on the surface of the stark flower bed. The cold temperatures, ice and snow have arrived and one item wasn't winterized. Some things simply get forgotten in the rush to trim back bushes, clean up leaves and quickly mulch tender perennial plants. Preventing a garden hose from freezing begins with proper care of the hose during the summer months. Proper care of your garden hose will prevent damage and eliminate the worry of frozen outdoor pipes during the winter months.
Turn off the outdoor spigot and depress the nozzle on the hose until no water comes from the sprayer. Excess water in the sprayer even during the summer months will create a pressure buildup that strains the fibers of the hose. Removing the water eliminates the chance of weakening the hose during the normal daily use during the summer.
Remove all kinks and wind the hose onto a hose reel or inside a large bushel-sized bucket during the summer months. Kinks weaken the hose and can cause bulges in the fibers that can result in holes.
Turn off the outside water spigot from the valve inside the house. Depress the hose sprayer to remove any existing water from the hose. Untwist, remove and store the hose sprayer for the winter.
Disconnect the hose from the spigot. This single move will eliminate any chance of water freezing inside the hose, expanding into the spigot and bursting the water pipe during a freeze.
Select one end of the garden hose and raise it to a level above the other end. Work your way down the hose, keeping it elevated to remove any remaining water from the hose. Continue until you reach the end of the hose and see no more than a light trickle of water escaping from the hose end.
Carefully coil the garden hose inside the large bucket with both ends accessible for use. Wind the hose in a circular pattern and avoid creating any kinks or bends. Continue winding until all of the hose lies inside the container.
Store the hose in a moderately warm spot in your home, such as a basement. This allows you to pull the pliable hose out whenever its need to water plants during the colder months. Keep as much of the hose in the bucket as possible and hook the end to the outdoor spigot for easy use.