How to Install a Soaker Hose

Overview

Soaker hoses deliver water to the base of the plants through small holes in the hose. Because they're often made of recycled materials, some consider them eco-friendly. In addition, they save money by reducing the amount of water you use, which saves money. Soaker hoses save time because you do not have to water the plants by hand. Finally, plants benefit from soaker hoses because they get watered regularly without wetting the leaves and inviting leaf diseases.

Step 1

Install a backflow preventer onto your outdoor faucet.

Step 2

Install a hose splitter so you can use the faucet for other uses without removing the soaker hose.

Step 3

Install a hose timer onto the backflow preventer or the hose splitter if you want automatic watering.

Step 4

Install the pressure regulator onto the hose timer to prevent excess spray or damage to the soaker hose.

Step 5

Attach one end of the garden hose to the pressure regulator.

Step 6

Extend the garden hose to your garden bed.

Step 7

Attach the soaker hose to the end of the garden hose.

Step 8

Arrange the soaker hose so it weaves between plants, no more than 12 to 18 inches apart.

Step 9

Turn on the faucet until the soaker hose seeps but does not spray. Adjust the faucet as necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Backflow preventer
  • Hose splitter
  • Hose timer
  • Pressure regulator
  • Garden hose

References

  • City of Bellevue: Soaker Hoses
  • Saving Water Partnership: Soaker Hoses
Keywords: soaker hose, automatic garden watering, conserving water

About this Author

Carla Locke is based in Oberlin, Ohio, and has been writing since 1998. Her writing career began in technical writing and has expanded into Web content. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in biology and an Associate of Applied Business in e-business technology.