Over the winter season, many of us may have accidentally left our rubber garden hoses outdoors. With the harsh winter conditions and freezing temperatures, the hoses can crack, causing leaks. Test your hose this spring, and if you find leaks, don't toss it just yet. Instead, use a permanent marker to indicate where the leaks are. Then use electrical tape to cover the cuts and leaky areas. You will be surprised at how watertight this makes the hose, and you will get one more season of use out of the hard-to-recycle garden hose.