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Inexpensive Water Saving Soaker Hose System For Summer

With this crazy heat wave in the South east, I have been forced to think of some creative ways to get the life saving water to our landscape. Now, I work for a living so I don’t have as much time as I would like to watering.  With this in mind, I set out to find some inexpensive watering solutions to beat this 100+ degree weather.

I’ve been using soaker hoses for a few years now and I really like the deep watering action you get from them. If you aren’t familiar with soaker hoses, they are nothing more than a special hose that weeps/drips water throughout it’s length.  They come in various lengths with the 25 and 50 foot being the most popular. They can also be linked together to form a long run. On the downside however, is the amount of water that is wasted on areas where there are no plants. Also, if you link several together, the last sections do not get much water due to the decreased water pressure.

The solution, get creative! Here’s what you will need:

1. Soaker hose or hoses

2. Standard rubber hose, an old one woks well

3. Water timer.

4. mender/connectors, 3/4″ female for the rubber hose sections and 1/2″ male for soaker hose ends

The first thing you want to do is to layout your soaker hose. For bushes , shrubs and trees I like to coil it at least once around the base to get good water distribution. For perennials and the like, just run it parallel to the base, no need to coil.

Once you have it laid out, time to get some scissors. We will be cutting out the sections of the soaker hose that are not watering anything. Next we, we cut a regular rubber hose section the same length as you cut the soaker hose. We will use this to replace the section we cut so that the soaker does not soak areas we don’t need.

Finally, using our hose mender/connector, we install these on the four ends so we can connect it all up. Install your water timer, be sure to get a decent one because we don’t want water leaking at the faucet. Also use teflon tape for added leak protection.  Now it’s just a matter of connecting your regular garden hose up to our improvised soaker hose and voila, instant automated watering system!

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