I LOVE the gate!! Added that picture to my idea files :)
The "rag rug" out of hoses looks really interesting too, I may make one and see how it works for padding and traction. Rag rugs take forever to dry in my current climate if you let them get wet.
"Hose mats are very portable and stackable steps that can help us not to slip in the coming muddy times."
If a "bumpier" mat is acceptable, perhaps a framework of hose 'spokes' could be woven so that portions of the spiraled hose mat would become a 'knob' on the underside of the mat, much as a wicker basket would be constructed, except without the sides. Knobs would keep the mats from being moved around in high-traffic or heavyweight, damp areas like paddocks.
Using a soft collapsable hose for the spokes would make the job easier. Heating the vinyl hose at the weave-point. with a hair-dryer to soften it during weaving.
The 'depressions' caused by the hose could be filled in with dirt or clay.
"How to wind it, but I wonder if there's something more eco-friendly than zipties to fasten it together?"
You might try using plastic produce bags, twisted into a string, half-hitch knots to keep it all tight using a basket-weaving technique to use plastic-bag string 'spokes' that weave the hose together.
I have a hose mat at the spigot we wash our feet and the dogs off at. Was easy to make with a hose I'd run over. It's outside year round and it's on it's 3rd winter. Still looks good.
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Trace Oswald wrote:I use old hoses split down the side to cover the edges of cattle panels. The cattle panels make my hoop houses, and the hose keeps the plastic from tearing on the sharp edges of the cattle panels.
I also use spilt pieces of hose to cover my saw blades.
Neither use is beautiful, but they work great.
I was away from my "ranch" yesterday, running errands in town. When I returned, I found a small herd (about 8 cows) chowing down on almost everything in my yard: solarlights, and an old dried out and brittle hose that I was using to keep people from driving over my water line. Keep in mind that cow will eat (or at least taste) ANYTHING that they can get their large, greedy mouths on.
Keep in mind that if you are in open-range country (as I am), that the cows have all the rights: if they eat something on your property that causes a vet bill, YOU are liable for paying that bill! They do the same thing to any forage that may be on your property, even if the growth cycle of the plants will be killed by their unrestricted grazing habits.
If I have enough rights to post in the Cider House, I will continue with a somewhat political statement regarding the open-range grazing system that reigns supreme in the West.
Good ideas! Mostly I patch up hoses so much that by the time I give up on them they would be pretty useless for a lot of the more decorative ideas shown. I do use short pieces for electric fence....they are insulative and can be fence-stapled to wooden posts and wire strung through. With light drip "tape" hose I have used for tying up tomato plants and other such purposes, since even after it's useless and full of holes it's still strong and flexible and resistant to sunlight.
I got this tall by not having enough crisco in my diet as a kid. This ad looks like it had plenty of shortening: