How to Use a Soaker Hose in the Garden
Using a soaker hose in the garden will make less work for the gardener in the long run. Rather than watering each plant individually with a watering can, using a garden soaker hose will allow the person to spend less time in the garden.
Step One: Preparations
Choosing a soaker hose should be relatively simple. A hose less than 50 feet long will be the best choice for the job. Pick up the landscaping pins while getting the soaker hose to save time. If a regular hose is needed, pick that up as well.
The hose will work well on flat areas in the garden so look for these areas now to determine where the hose will be placed when the time comes.
Step Two: Hooking up the Hose
The soaker hose should be placed directly on the ground and should never be covered by the soil. The hose can be curved to reach a wider selection of areas or simply laid straight along the ground.
The lines of the hose should be about 18 inches from each other and the hose should be a couple of inches from plant bases. This will ensure that the plants are getting the appropriate amount of water.
Hook the soaker hose up to the outdoor faucet. If it will not reach, join the two with a regular garden hose.
Step Three: Placing the Landscaping Pins
Place the pins a couple of feet apart over the hose and push them into the ground enough so that the hose is not crimped by them. It is essential that the water can flow easily through the hose. If the hose will lie where it is placed without coiling, this step is not necessary.
Step Four: Adding Mulch
Mulch is used to cover the soaker hose at this time. Grass clippings and pine chips are two obvious choices for this purpose. This will hide the hose for aesthetic purposes and help to retain moisture in the soil of the garden area.
Step Five: Watering
Water infrequently but allow for good saturation when watering is required. The water should be allowed to soak at least 8 inches into the soil each time the task is performed. This may take about 30 minutes but testing the water depth will give a better idea of the amount of time needed for the water to soak deep enough into the earth.
Step Six: Winter Protection
To protect the soaker and regular hoses during the winter months, flush the insides with water and disconnect them. Before coiling them loosely to store, rinse off dirt and other debris and allow them to dry thoroughly.
Garden watering with this tool will also save money on water usage. By using less water, this option is an eco-friendly alternative to other watering methods. The water soaks deeply into the soil, feeding the roots of the plants. This method also prevents the leaves of the plants from getting wet and helps to prevent them burning from direct sunlight.