What Are Soaker Hoses

August 9, 2016

Soaker hoses are typically used for garden irrigation. These hoses are often made of recycled rubber and plastics and have porous walls. When the water is turned on, water will drop from thousands of tiny holes in the hose, letting water seep out into or onto the surrounding soil.


Soaker hoses can either be laid directly on the ground (preferably below a layer of mulch), buried just under the surface, or even buried six or more inches deep (this is commonly done in large vegetable beds).


Soaker hoses come in a variety of diameters and lengths, from ¼-inch (these typically are part of a drip irrigation system and can be cut to length) to ¾-inch (these are the large black hoses you often see in garden centers). The larger size soaker hoses can be difficult to handle. We suggest to use garden stakes to hold the hose in place and let them lie in the sun for a while to “soften up” before laying them in the garden.


Soaker hoses are best for relatively level sites and shorter lengths (although ¼ soaker hose can be effective for up to about 100 feet). If you are using a large diameter soaker hose you’ll need decent water pressure to ensure that water seeps out along the entire length of the hose.


Most of these hoses are sold with plastic fittings, we suggest purchasing brass ones and replacing them as plastic ones tend to crack and break easily.


Many gardeners prefer drip irrigation systems or sprinkler systems compared to soaker hoses as soaker hoses are not efficient and once the hose is damaged you have to replace the entire hose rather than a portion which can be frustrating.




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