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How to Setup and Install a Soaker Hose for Your Garden

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Do you hand-water your yard in the summer? Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to enjoy a beautiful, lush yard without spending back-breaking hours working through the blistering heat of summer? While a flower garden irrigation system might seem like a huge investment, a soaker hose allows you to achieve many of the same benefits for a fraction of the cost.

Using a soaker hose around your yard will save you water, time and even money.

Learn everything you need to know about soaker hoses: what they are, how to install them, where to put them how to use them on specific plants and all the benefits they have to offer.

What Are Soaker Hoses?

A soaker hose is exactly what it sounds like – a hose that soaks the area around it. Unlike a traditional hose, soaker hoses are porous, so water can gently seep out along the entire length of the hose. Their efficiency is undeniable, as they deliver moisture straight to a plant’s base, without wasting a drop of water in the process.

Regular, pour-over watering can result in water evaporating or running off before it reaches a plant’s thirsty roots. Some studies have shown that a soaker hose can use anywhere from 30 to 50 percent less water!

How to Install Your Soaker Hose

Installing a soaker hose is simple – just follow these 6 steps:

  1. If your soaker hose is brand new, unwind it and leave it in the warm sun for an hour or so. This will loosen the tight coil the hose has been wound in, making placement much easier.
  2. Remove the end cap and hook the soaker hose up to a water source.
  3. Run water for several minutes to flush the hose. It’s best to flush new hoses before using them and again one or two times each year to remove any debris that has built up.
  4. Replace the end cap.
  5. If the garden area to be watered is close to a faucet, the soaker hose can be connected directly to the spout. However, if more length is needed before the soaker hose will reach the area it will water, a regular garden hose can be connected to the main water source first. Then the soaker hose can be connected from the far end of the garden hose.
  6. Stretch the hose out and turn the water on, adjusting the pressure until you see a slow but steady drip.

Where to Place Your Soaker Hose

With some thoughtful planning you can lay a soaker hose to perfectly water your garden or flower bed.

Using Soaker Hoses on Various Plant Types

Connecting Soaker Hoses to Extend the Length

If you are watering a larger flower garden or landscaped area, you may need more than one soaker hose. Keep in mind that while you can connect multiple hoses, the hose closest to the water source will output the most water. The very end of multiple hoses will get much less water, resulting in uneven water distribution that could affect how well plants in those areas grow. Combat this problem easily by setting up “zones” in your yard.

Using Zones: Imagine your yard is divided into zones. Dedicate individual stretches of hose that are no more than 100 – 150 feet for each zone. Use a hose splitter with a shut-off valve to easily switch flow from one hose to the other, distributing water evenly throughout your entire flower garden or yard.

Benefits of Using a Soaker Hose

Soaker hoses are a valuable, often overlooked tool for the home gardener. Check out how they can help maintain a healthy, lush, productive garden this year – we promise, once you try a soaker hose, you’ll never go back to the old way of watering!

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