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6 Best Flat Water Hoses Review

Clear Flow Hose is proud to get featured at Wiki Ezvid. Here is what they are saying about the top 6 garden hoses on the market today. We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you are looking for an unobtrusive irrigation solution or need something tough to handle industrial-grade applications, take a look at these flat water hoses. Available in options that are lighter than rubber hoses, they are perfect for everything from watering flower beds to marine cleaning to use with submersible pumps. Read more for the review at their website here https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-flat-water-hoses

Palmate Features the Clear Flow in a Lightweight Hose Review

We have clearly won over a fan. Pete Bowes from Palmate Gardening has reviewed garden hoses and watering hoses, among other garden products on their company website. We discussed in a previous post that the Clear Flow Garden Hose was featured in their top five garden hose review. We were directed to this review by a customer, and upon exploring the Palmate Website further, we found a previous review on lightweight garden hoses, in which the Clear Flow was more heavily reviewed by Pete and his wife Elaine. Both list their recommendations for use and application of the product, and we are certainly interested in speaking with them. Here is an excerpt from their review. Elaine says: I absolutely love this hose — and I know my husband has grumbled about the manageability, but for what I do in the garden on a daily basis, it is quite close to perfect. It is fully recyclable. I hope to one day understand how and why… and while in some ways a regular garden hose may suffice to help you water the plants in your lawn and garden, you need to know that you have better alternatives, especially if a light weight hose option is necessary. Quick Update: Pete and Elaine Bowes from Palmate Gardening have reached out to us and we are scheduling a call to discuss the hose and it’s application at their greenhouse and home. More to come…

Clear Flow Hose Featured on Palmate’s Garden Blog

It was brought to our attention that our hose has been featured on a top three (3) list again, and this time it was a US-based company called Palmate Gardening. It was brought to our attention by Aimee72, so thank you Aimee. Here is an excerpt from the August 2016 post: There isn’t any such thing as one kind of watering hose being perfect for everyone. The garden hose that will work for you typically depends on how large your yard or property is that you will be using it for, what exactly you are planning to do with the hose, and how it will be stored (on a reel, in a shed, etc.), and what your budget looks like. When gardening, age and health are factors that you need to consider. In general, there are six main things that you need to consider when choosing a water hose: the fittings (male and female), the strength, the flexibility, the material(s) it is made of, the length and diameter of said product. In a previous article, I reviewed the reasons why our top picks for 3 best garden hoses made our list, along with the features that need to be considered when buying a new garden hose. This was done in order to make sure you, the consumer, was aware of the top benefits and most frequently discussed drawbacks when choosing a quality product. Our picks are all products that I’ve fortunately been able to use every day. So they are my biased selections and based on the overall considerations that are listed above, I consider them to be the finest water hoses. Go ahead and try any of the three out and I’m sure it will be a positive experience for you, and the hose will hopefully last for a number of seasons. I also included those Amazon reviews that really stood out for me. Note: I did avoid the 1-star reviews on Amazon; those ones tend to be from customers that are beyond assistance from customer care, or are the low percentage of consumers that had a defective product. If a garden hose is of high quality, it should last for 5 to 10 years (and also have a warranty that comes with it). However, numerous homeowners who buy low quality garden hoses end up needing to replace it each year due to bursting, cracks or rot. If you are fairly handy, you will be able to repair some problems. However, buying a good quality hose from the very start is much more cost-effective. It gratifies us at Clear Flow to see the product go under such constructive criticism and testing. The original long-form product review is here. We have reached out to Pete from Palmate and have yet to receive a response. Updates to come.

Is Gardening Really Exercise?

Gardening to me is a well-rounded activity that is an art and science. It is my favorite hobby and daily productive activity a well as an amazing source of relaxation; but is it really considered exercise? I have a semi- annual discussion on this topic with my Mother in law of 82 years. She says that her daily exercise is gardening. She works up quite a sweat to by dividing perennials, shoveling dirt, hauling sacks of soil, pulling weeds, trimming trees, and such; sometimes she spends her whole day outdoors. By the time she is through she is tired, sweaty and not a little sore, but the kind of sore you feel after a healthy work out that took your muscles a bit farther than last time. So, obviously gardening can by a vigorous physical activity; to both physical and mental capacities this is very healthy when done regularly. But my point is that the type of exercise we need these days must be done in a more deliberate and methodical manner. this way we are more fit to undertake the daily physical challenges that life brings our way and better enjoy such interests as gardening. What I mean by this is that we must exercise in order to better perform such tasks as gardening.  We should practice physical fitness so that we can better twist, bend, lift, pull, trim and complete all the other movements that yard work demands. What is needed is a Plan for Garden Training that can be followed whether we are 22 or 82. Gardening is the ultimate goal, the season, the playoffs. In the off season it is still important to maintain that physical condition and preparation. In the same way as you would train for a sport, you must include the following 3 Basic Exercise Categories.  Altogether, you end up with a training program that is both fun and effective. Gardening with the Three Basic Exercise Categories: Endurance In order to prepare for long days of physical activity go for long walks, bike rides or swimming. Practice each of these activities for thirty minutes a day, although a full hour would be much better. Be sure that your heart rate is elevated and should be at around 70% of your maximum capacity, in other words you feel your physical effort at 7.5 out of your full 10. Talking should be interrupted by a couple breaths a sentence but mostly unaffected. This routine should be repeated a few times a week (3 -5), for a few months before gardening season kicks off. Range of Motion Avoid any injuries from twisting, lifting or bending by keeping the joints and movables of your body, such as the spine, hips, knees shoulders and neck, moving freely and regularly as they should. Exercises like yoga or Pilates are highly recommended, these have dynamic drills that address structural alignment and strengthening of supporting muscles. They also keep the body’s joints moving freely. These activities should be regularly practiced all […]

New Water Regulation Policies Passed For Some Cities

A week ago new policies were passed by the district with a 25% add on drought supplement rate. According to Mayor Sam Licardo, he is in support of the policy citing this time as a period of crisis that cannot allow any cowardly action. Communities in Southern California also witnessed a significant change in their goal expectations. San Diego and Los Angeles had earlier claimed a 20% cut  but were given 16%. San Bernardino will on the other hand have to impose a 32% cut in place of 25% expected. For the first time in 165 years, California is experiencing the most serious drought as a state.  On April 1, Brown issued the first announcement on compulsory water conservation laws in a media briefing in the green Sierra Nevada pastures. It indicated that during that period of the year is usually coated with snow over 5 feet high. Every city and agency will have the duty to establish the necessary cuts, either by imposing increased fines, rates or incentives to restrict use. Mayor Liccardo also launched a proposal to request San Jose City Council on its Tuesday assembly to consider a 30% water reduction mark. According to his remarks, he said that residents understand that once in a while there would be reasonable distractions of supply in the process of getting a better solution for dependable water supply in the city. The recommendations are expected to be passed by the county council on Tuesday, if passed, they would regulate watering of lawns across the city whether in homes or business parks. This is in spite of whoever the water provider is, and only allow watering twice weekly i.e Tuesday and Friday for addresses ending with even numbers and Mondays and Thursdays for those ending with odd numbers. Only public parks, gardening stores, daycare centers and golf courses as well as schools will be left out of this law. The regulations also forbid refilling of swimming pools and forbid those who would want to put up lawns and non-drought-resistant plants in upcoming installations May through to October with the omission of developments that are under construction. Liccardo noted that the city planning division will implement the new laws as well as charge fines on those breaking them. He supposed that most of the inhabitants were playing their role but it was necessary to make sure that all were on the same page.

Tips To Get You Started With Organic Gardening

While certain cities stateside might still have snow covering the ground, it’s still that time of year, where everyone is starting to think about spring planting. While it’s on your brain, why not thinking about going organic and natural in your garden? If you’re a beginning gardener, thinking about growing organic products might seem a little intimidating and overwhelming. It’s not as difficult as some people may make it sound, and in fact with a little basic knowledge, you can be growing an organic garden in your backyard using a natural ecoysystem. The difference between growing food organically and regular gardening is that you don’t use the synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. The synthetic pesticides have chemical bases, which can be harmful, while organic pesticides utilize plant, mineral and other natural sources. They key to growing a healthy and productive organic garden is ensuring that the soil has a healthy structure and texture, and is full of nutrients. The best soil is well-draining and made of compost, silt, clay and sand. What you’re going to find, however, is that most soil generally has an extreme amount of one ingredient. As a general rule of thumb, it should be about 50/50 when it comes to solid soil and pore spaces. You can help your soil get closer to this ratio by using compost in your soil. Ideal garden soil is loose enough and crumby so that it can be penetrated by roots, water and air. The soil of course must also be fertile in order to grow produce. Soil fertility is influenced by nutrients, pH balance, soil texture and organic matter. Adding additional organic matter to the soil helps improve fertility naturally by working towards a better pH balance as well as improving the structure of the soil. Soil should be tested annually and you should be aware of lead levels. Some variables around the garden that are within your control are runoff and any tools made with lead or leeching plastics. The lead free water hose shown in the video below is your answer for water distribution (shameless plug for 10 years of R&D!). Another thing you will run into as a gardener is pests. Gardeners often use synthetic pesticides to help control the garden pests, but this is not good and it’s not organic. Integrated pest management is how organic gardeners handle their garden, and this strategy utilizes physical, cultural and biological components. It is all about using what is going to help the plants grow and hurt the environment the least, with chemicals only being used when everything else isn’t working. There are all kinds of natural methods used, such as predator organisms, crop rotation, plant coverings, tool cleaning and more. Weeds can also cause problems for organic gardeners of course. There are many natural strategies for weed remediation, such as using mulch to smother the weeds, pulling them by hand, burning them and using faster-growing plants around them. You can sustain an organic garden by sticking with the basics and […]

Which Garden Hose Is Actually Drinking Water Safe

I’ve been avidly gardening commercially and as a hobbyist for decades, and both have required me to research about the safety of our water distribution methods. It’s the reason why I’ve applied my engineering background to developing drinking water safe hose products, along with a slew of other eco-friendly, lead-free, recyclable and NSF safe inventions. According to Jeff Gearhart, Research Director of the Ecology Center, there are many products which he believes have a connection to causing the exposure to many harmful chemicals. This includes products that range from toys to baby products all the way up to building materials and vehicles. Previously, garden products were not examined but a number of people (myself included) had started to ask about their safety. The answer we got was that they were doing an assessment and several products were screened. However, garden hoses seemed to give the most concern. Many claimed to be drinking water safe, but one in every three that were tested showed lead levels that were above those allowed for drinking water. In one brand-case, the water tested was 18 times greater than allowed for normal consumption! While this is not illegal (because garden hoses are regulated under the same laws as plumbing fixtures), this is a very serious problem. These apparently safe drinking water hoses are often used to get a drink from and used to water the plants that are meant for people to eat. The primary cause is when components contain brass. It’s an alloy consisting of as much as 8 percent lead. While brass is often used in these fixtures, lead is also sometimes used as pigments or stabilizers, especially in green or yellow hoses. Lead is a known neurotoxin and children have even more vulnerability to lead poisoning than adults. On the positive side, the state of California took action against three of the principal manufacturers of hoses over the amount of lead in their products in 2003 and the case was settled in 2004. Under the terms of the settlement, the companies which included Teknor Apex Company; Plastic Specialties and Technologies, Inc., Flexon Industries Corporation and Teckni-Plex were ordered to begin limiting lead content in their hoses. For more details, please look at the bottom of this page. Although the Ecology Center did not perform tests for lead leaching from these brands, many gardeners must have purchased their rubber garden hoses since 2007 which is when the full terms of the settlement went into effect. So the concern now is about other chemicals in the hoses such as phthalates and BPA. Even dogs know the harm rubber garden hoses can cause! If you know about polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been called “poison plastic,” you can guess that these hoses not only contain phthalates but they leach these chemicals into the water inside the hose. Gearhart says that almost all of these hoses have phthalate plasticizers inside them. In fact, the phthalate (DEHP) levels in one were four times the permitted amount. Although […]