COOL TOOLS

Oh, summer. It’s time to pay more attention to watering schedules (thank you, Florida heat) and car wash routines (hello, salty air).

Storing a garden hose is like handling the cables of electronic devices; Leave them disorganized or unattended and they will become an unsightly mess. In addition, there is a risk of kinks in a garden hose, which can lead to leaks.

There are a number of ways to solve the hose storage problem, including reels, stands, and carts. But the latest storage solution that’s making waves among homeowners? The hose pot.

It’s hard to say how and where the trend went, but it’s self-explanatory – a large decorative pot that keeps the hose nicely tidy and invisible. It’s a bit like the little bowls knitters use to hold a ball of yarn, only on a larger scale.

Most have an insert for winding the hose in the pot, an opening to pass through, and drainage holes so mosquitoes don’t choose to settle down.

Available at almost every retailer that sells home and garden products, the hose pot comes in a variety of styles, from rustic to elegant. They can be found in a number of materials such as: B. galvanized metal, cast concrete, poly resin, powder-coated metal and more.

Entitled “In Search of the Ultimate Garden Hose Storage,” BobVila.com author Jennifer Noonan described a hose pot as “a great option if you want to keep your hose near the area you water most and you don’t do. I don’t want it to be scruffy all over your yard or yard. ” An artificial stone model (which also doubles as a planter) was described as “stylish” in a House Beautiful post that pooled unique new finds for spring at Home Depot.

Gardeners Supply Company has a model with a blue-brown patina and a copper-colored version to choose from, which has received an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars from more than a dozen customers. It costs $ 69.95 and the reviews described it as “far more functional than any other hose reel we’ve had” and “a work of art”.

Prices range from less than $ 50 at Walmart to $ 150 or higher at places like Frontgate. If none of these are what you want, however, you can always follow the guidance of a smart home improvement who has conjured up her own solution out of an accented metal suitcase.

Have fun watering!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT …

Tesla-powered solar home in St. Aug could be the first in the county

St. Augustine’s Bill and Gillian Tait are the first homeowners to install an entire Tesla solar roof in St. Johns County, according to the two Jacksonville-based companies overseeing its construction.

The couple chose the emerging technology for several reasons.

“Well, we wanted solar energy, for example, because it just makes so much sense,” Bill Tait said in a recent interview with The Record. “And we just really liked the look of the records.”

The panels – each 15 inches wide by 45 inches long – are connected to a Tesla solar inverter and can generate 340 watts, more than enough to power an average household, with the option of storing additional energy in batteries.

From the St. Augustine Record, May 27; Read the full story at https://bit.ly/3uG5pyK.

STAT CHECK

Closed sale * for April 2021 as reported by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

April 2019: 3.028

April 2020: 2,497 (-17.5%)

April 2021: 3,177 (+ 27.2%)

* The category tracks and compares the actual number of sales made within a given month. A full market report is available on NEFAR.com.

Compiled by Homes Editor Anne Hammock. Do you know of a tool, book, or news tip that you would like to share with ShopTalk readers? Send details to [email protected] or call (904) 359-4628.