Recyling an Old Garden Hose into a Soaker
If you have an old garden hose that you are planning to replace, refashion it as a garden soaker. Save the money you would have spent on a soaker for your vegetable or flower garden and instead let your old hose do the job. The process of turning an old garden hose into a soaker is relatively easy. The tools and skill level required are minimal. If you are a do-it-yourselfer or take steps to live sustainably, doing small jobs like this matter in the larger scheme of things. You’ll be saving money while helping to keep excess waste out of a landfill.
Tools and Materials for the Job
Other than the old hose itself, the only things you will need to turn it into a garden soaker is a large, sturdy sewing needle a cap with female thread to screw onto the far end of the hose.
Stretch out your old garden hose along the driveway, walkway or sidewalk so you can easily access it from end to end. If it is dirty, clean it off with a rag. You have to be able to see the hose and not have it covered in dirt or debris. To turn it into a garden soaker, you will need to make dozens of pin size holes from end to end. With the sturdy sewing needle, push it into the hose in various places along the length of the hose. They need not be in one continuous line. Rather, there should be holes all around the circumference of the hose. Make only one hole per inch or so, but alternate where on the circumference you make it.
If you find that the needle is not strong enough to penetrate the rubber, either use a sturdier needle or a safety pin. The holes have to be big enough to let out a small jet of water, but they should not be so big that too much water escapes, thereby reducing pressure for holes farther down the hose.
Prick the hose from end to end, leaving perhaps six inches on either end. Once completed, the hose should be covered with small holes at various points around it, no closer together than one inch.
Now that the holes have been made, take the hose cap you purchased from the garden store and screw it onto the male end of the hose. The other end will attach to the water line spigot on your house. The cap end will prevent the water pressure from diminishing and keep a steady outpouring of water from each of the small holes.
Test the Soaker
Attach the hose to the house spigot and wind it through the garden you wish to soak. Once the water is turned on, the hose will fill up and small jets of water will erupt from each hole. To control the pressure of the small jets, turn the spigot down a bit. Using a soaker is a good way to water your garden consistently for a lengthy period without saturating the soil.
Rather than spend money on a new garden soaker, it is easy to turn an old hose into a soaker. All you need is a sturdy needle or safety pin and cap end and you can make a soaker in an hour.