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How to Keep Outdoor Plants Watered While on Vacation

By Cathy Conrad ; Updated September 21, 2017

You have worked so hard on your outdoor plants, but it's time to go on vacation and you don't want them to die from lack of water while you're gone. There are several options available for watering plants while you're away. You can always install an irrigation system, which is expensive, or you can use an inexpensive way to accomplish the same thing.

Determine how many soaker hoses you need for your outdoor areas. Use Y connectors to attach two hoses to one hose. Continue in this manner until you have enough to cover all plants that will need watering.

Place potted plants grouped together in one area, and lay soaker hoses along the top of the pots.

Attach all hoses together with the connectors until all garden areas have one or more soaker hoses along the garden bed.

Attach the timer to the water fauce,t and attach the soaker hose.

Set the timer to turn on automatically to your specified watering requirements, and the timer will water your plants and then automatically turn off when finished. Keep in mind that soaker hoses will drip very slowly, so adjust your timer to a time that gives the soaker hoses an adequate amount of time to get the soil wet. It is a good idea to test the amount of time needed to water the plants adequately by using the timer and soaker hoses before you go on vacation to determine the amount of time that needs to be set on the timer.


Things You Will Need

  • Sprinkler timer
  • Soaker hose
  • Two or more "Y" hose connections


  • Use water globes in potted plants instead of soaker hoses.


  • Make sure the timer is correctly set to the correct time and is in working order to conserve water while you are away.

About the Author


Cathy Conrad has more than five years of newsprint experience as an assistant editor and is a professional writer. She has worked as a virtual assistant and email support specialist, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the medical field. Conrad is currently licensed as a Texas insurance representative and has many years in home improvement and gardening.