Ideally, you've stored your garden hose in a relatively warm garage or shed during winter in order to protect it from frequent freezing and thawing. Even so, examine the hose for damage it may have incurred throughout last season. The easiest way to do this is to hook the hose to an outdoor spigot and turn on the tap. Any leaks will be easy to spot with water springing through splits and tears. Repair the hose by cutting out the damaged sections and patching it back together again with the help of a hose repair kit that you can pick up at any home center.