The last time you went shopping for a garden hose, were you bewildered by all the choices? Did you wonder if the claims about durability and not kinking were really true? At the Garden2Blog event hosted by P. Allen Smith, I was introduced to a garden hose that truly is different–Flexzilla. Flexzilla was part of Garden2Blog because the staff at Moss Mountain Farm picked one up at their local hardware store and liked it so much they went back for more. Now it’s the only hose they use.
I liked learning that the company that invented and produces Flexzilla is family owned by the Weems’. Bob Weems stood in front of his audience of bloggers and put three coils of garden hose into a cooler chest filled with ice water. One was a length of Flexzilla and the two others were national brands. Bob, Mary Ann, and Rachel talked to us about various aspects of Flexzilla and the history of their company. After about fifteen minutes he walked over to the cooler chest and pulled out national brand #1. Because of the cold, it held itself in the coil shape in which it had been placed into the cooler. The same thing with national brand #2. But when Bob grabbed an end of the Flexzilla, it uncoiled itself as he pulled it out. The cold had not affected its flexibility at all.
That really impressed me.
It turns out, Flexzilla stays flexible to -40F. Now I hope all cold climate gardeners know that you should have your hoses drained and stowed before it ever gets that cold. Truth is, if you leave your Flexzilla hose full of water and it freezes solid, it will burst. But Flexzilla garden hoses are made out of the same material that Flexzilla air hoses are made out of, and I guess there are some places that use air hoses where it gets rea-a-ally cold. That’s how they know.
After the Weems family finished their talk, we had a hands-on demonstration. Two bloggers had a race, one pulling a Flexzilla hose out of coil to its full length, and another blogger pulling another brand the same way. The blogger pulling the Flexzilla finished first–easily–because the other hose kept kinking and wrapping around itself. No one seems to have published a video of that, but you can get a similar idea from this challenge that P. Allen Smith issued to his brother:
This video is humorous, but P. Allen Smith should not be watering his flowers that way. Spraying them with water like that just encourages fungal diseases. He should use some kind of drip irrigation or soaker hoses, and water the soil, not the foliage. Just so you know.
Of course, I didn’t just take these friendly folks’ word for it that Flexzilla was different. They were kind enough to send a fifty foot Flexzilla hose to each of the Garden2Blog 2014 attendees. I put this hose through its paces as I washed down a discolored outdoor glider bench with deck cleaner.
If you are dissatisfied with your current garden hose, I’d recommend replacing it with Flexzilla. It may cost more initially, but it will save you a lot of aggravation and will last longer, too.