The Gardening Hack That'll Protect New Trees With A Household Staple

Every year, around 2 billion new trees are put in the ground, according to the United Nations Environmental Program (via 8 Billion Trees), and are often secured using stakes. These valuable tools massively benefit trees and help them to reach their full potential, and can fix a leaning tree. Perhaps you even use them when planting new trees for personal projects or group work. However, one piece of garden equipment could help you when you get in a pickle. The answer? A portion of a garden hose. Although it may seem like a random choice, it can come in handy if you run out of regular ties or want to try something new. Not only that, but it should help your trees to eventually flourish by protecting them.

This hack is also a great option if you're on a budget, since you likely already have a hose lying around. Likewise, you can also see it as a form of upcycling, as it saves you from throwing it away, and thus, going to a landfill, where it would contribute to carbon emissions. So, how do you use a garden hose with your new trees? Let's find out.

The hose mimics a tie

Using a leftover piece of hose to secure your small tree to your stake has never been so easy. All you need to do is cut off a small amount and use it in place of a tie as you usually would, approximately 50 centimeters from the bottom, per Royal Horticulture Society. Just make sure you do a rough measurement beforehand. Of course, you simply need to ensure that it's secure when you're done. Not only is it a great substitute, but it will also help to provide reasonable support during windier weather and protect it while it grows. This is due to the strong yet stretchy nature of the material. As a result, you should end up with a healthy and happy tree that will eventually reach its full potential.

This hack works because, in essence, the hose pieces are mimicking the job of a tie. However, there is some conflicting information. As it turns out, the hose could actually disfigure the tree trunk if left over a long period of time due to the amount of force it applies and the way it sits on it. While it's not always guaranteed, the possibility is still there. This could potentially cause damage while it grows. Because of this possible impact, it's probably best to monitor the tree. Likewise, you should always make sure to correctly water your newly planted tree to ensure it's health and vitality.