Here's a good way to protect your plants from the garden hose, and to protect your garden hose from sharp corners. As you can see from the photos, you'll need a steel stake with a stop of some sort at one end. Slip a 12-14" length of 1" PVC pipe onto the stake and push the stake into the ground so there is just a little play for the pipe to spin as the hose is pulled across it. This has saved not only garden plants from the hose, but more importantly, hose fittings from getting hung up on the corners of garage, house, etc. And it saves time running back and forth to free up long hoses.
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