connector with shutoff, splitters, fittings (Use
black/yellow compression fittings).
Position soaker hoses throughout the garden near each plant within 6
to 12 inches of the base.
On slopes, run across the slope, not up and down. In perennial beds,
keep hoses about 18 inches (sandy soils) to 24 inches (clay soil)
apart. For annual plants space the runs closer, 12-18 inches apart, to
make sure water reaches their shallow roots. Stake the hose into place
with stakes wherever it needs it to secure the hose's position.
Schedule: Start out by running your soaker hose for about 40 minutes
once a week, or 20 minutes twice a week for sandy soils and annual
plants and gardens that have shallower roots. The goal is to wet the
soil in the plantís root zone. You can tell if the plant is getting
enough water by digging a hole with a trowel to see if the root zone
is wet (wait a while after watering before you check, so the water has
time to soak in). Leaves may droop a little on hot days but if they
stay droopy after the hottest part of the day, theyíre probably too
dry. Drooping can also be a sign of over watering but again, check the
soil first! Once youíve got the timing figured out, attach and set a
timer to the system. This will make it possible for the watering
system to work even when you are on vacation.
Try to water the soil areas directly beneath the foliage and shaded by
the tree. Do not water beyond the drip-line and do not water closer
than 3 feet to the trunk base on established trees.
planters, pots and window boxes: Large, hard to move barrels, pots and
window boxes will do better with a slow running soaker hose. Water
regularly as the dry season goes on. Hanging plants may require
watering more frequently as the wind and sun dry them out. During
exceptionally hot weather (80's or 90's) hanging baskets may need
watering daily, or even twice daily if the basket has limited soil
area. Small 1/4" soaker hose in a loop works great for these small
areas. By using a 1/4" in-line valve you can regulate the flow to your
planter for maximum effectiveness. ALWAYS use a soaker hose regulator.
Hose: After testing the soaker hose to see that it waters the area
well, you can cover it with 2 inches (or more) of mulch, such as wood
chips, bark, leaves, or compost, or even decorative rocks. The mulch
keeps water from evaporating and helps spread the water flow. It also
helps protect the hose from the sun.
Use to secure soaker hose by pushing into the ground.
Maintenance: Once or twice a year, unscrew the end caps and flush out
any accumulated sediment. Flushing it at the start of the year will
help you check for leaks, and ensure that itís not plugged. Make sure
everyone working in the garden knows the soaker is there under the
mulch, so they donít accidentally damage it. Most cuts or nicks can be
repaired with couplings. Soaker Hose is UV stabilized - won't freeze
in the cold or crack in the sun. Installing a back flow preventer is
highly recommended to stop dirty water backing up through the hose
into your household drinking water supply. This is simply a matter of
installing a one way valve between the water source or spigot and the
first length of hose.
is highly recommended (Use a 200 mesh filter). A calcium inhibitor
filter is also
recommended for areas with hard water. For use on a well system, a filter is
a MUST so that particles that might clog the pores of the tubing will be
filtered out. Well water typically has particles of sediment in suspension.
Installing a back flow preventer is highly recommended to stop dirty water
backing up through the hose into your household drinking water supply. This
is simply a matter of installing a one way valve between the water source or
spigot and the first length of hose.
forget soaker hose is low flow, low pressure. Turn faucet on
approximately 1/2 turn. If your hose "sprays" and doesn't weep, you
have too much pressure.
Specs for Standard Soaker
inside diameter .380, outside diameter .580, wall
GPH is approx. 118.3 gallons per hour, per 100'
at 25 psi, depending on
inlet pressure, water hardness
(last tested 6/29/11).
lengths shorter than 40' will increase water flow, as lengths over
100' will decrease water flow.
Soaker hose pressure regulator is mandatory. Burst strength is 80 PSI. DO NOT
use soaker hose with normal house pressure. Maximum run per MrSoakerhose Standard Soaker is 100' per length with a maximum of
500' per faucet (water source) at one time. Soaker should be used on flat surfaces
not exceeding a 2' rise over 100'.
*Chart is based on 45 psi inlet pressure with soaker hose
regulator used for chart information. Variances, high flow, high
pressure can cause the hose to water unevenly.