Below we are going to show you exactly how to lay a soaker hose through specific steps and a detailed video. Soaker hoses are convenient, easy to use, and are perfect for gardening. So, what is a soaker hose?
A soaker hose is a type of garden hose that has a porous ability that allows water to seep through a bunch of tiny little holes throughout the hose which helps provide water to plants in a slow and efficient manner. This makes it very convenient for frequent gardeners as you are not constantly wasting water like you would with a regular garden hose.
With that being said, using a soaker hose the right way is imperative. You want to ensure that you lay the hose down properly so that your plants or crops can receive the correct amount of water.
If you follow the steps below thoroughly, then this will be your first and last time learning the basics of a soaker hose. So, let’s get to it.
How To Lay A Soaker Hose
We encourage you to read these steps carefully until you have a good grasp on how to use a soaker hose, and we recommend watching the video tutorial before starting the process.
Step 1 – Remove The Debris
You now have your soaker hose in front of you. Remove the end cap from your hose and then hook your hose end up to the faucet. Turn the water on and let the water run for a couple minutes.
Why? You want to get rid of any debris that has been building up inside the hose so that your water is clean and safe. We recommend doing this a few times a year as debris slowly builds up over time. This will also prevent you from having to repair your soaker hose. Now, disconnect the hose from the faucet and place the end cap back on.
Step 2 – Placement Is Key
Now it is time to lay your soaker hose throughout your garden. Don’t worry about connecting your hose to the faucet just yet. But make sure you have enough length to connect your hose after placing it down. If you don’t, then you will have to connect your soaker hose to a regular garden hose.
Stretch the hose completely straight for any flowers or crops that are planted in a straight line. For plants that are placed all over, you want to weave your soaker hose throughout them.
Remember that soaker hoses work best on flat ground which helps distribute the water evenly among all your plants. Some of you may have a garden that slopes which is completely fine, you just need to follow this one step:
Laying your soaker hose on the slope always causes the water to flow downhill. With that being said, lay your soaker hose across the slope which will help distribute the water evenly.
Step 3 – Spacing Accurately
Spacing your soaker hose throughout your crops or plants is also very important. You want to keep the hose about 1.5-2 inches from plant stems which will allow for efficient water flow.
Now you can’t have one part of your soaker hose to close to another when you are looping it throughout your garden. For sand soil, space rows of your soaker hose about 12-18 inches apart depending on how large your garden is. For clay or loam soil, space anywhere from 18-24 inches, again depending on the size of your garden.
For new crops or plants, you want to have your hose only about 8-12 inches apart because the roots will not yet be long enough to reach wider spacing.
Step 4 – Connect & Adjust
Now you can connect your soaker hose to the faucet or another garden hose if your faucet is too far away from your garden. But before you connect your hose, we highly recommend investing in a pressure regulator if you don’t already have one which will give you the perfect amount of water pressure for your soaker hose. Connect the pressure regulator to your faucet before connecting your soaker hose.
If this doesn’t interest you, you can always adjust the water pressure by turning the faucet down. Just remember that a soaker hose should seep not spray.
Step 5 – Test & Analyze
Turn your water on and allow it to run for about 40-45 minutes. After this, dig a small spot in your garden to take an accurate measurement of the depth of soaking. You want the water to cover about half of the root zones. Of course, the amount of time and water depend on the size of your roots and the type of plants or crops you have.
Adjust the time and amount of water accordingly based on your garden specifications. Water the garden at least once every 6 days once you have figured out how much time and water you need. You can also water twice as frequently if you cut the water time in half.
Step 6 – Cover & Protect
Last but not least, cover your soaker hose in mulch which will hold in the water and help the moisture spread throughout the soil. This will also prevent your soaker hose from taking on any damage from sunlight or rodents. Do not cover the end of your hose as you will have to connect it to your faucet when you go to water your plants.
We do not recommend covering your hose in soil as this will clog your soaker hose which is rather time consuming to fix.
Here is a detailed video that follows the above steps perfectly and shows you exactly how to use your soaker hose the right way. We strongly recommend watching it before you begin to lay your soaker hose.
Well there you have it. You should now know how to lay your soaker hose correctly and efficiently. If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below.