Need a soaker hose for your garden? Skip the trip to the garden center, and make your own. It's fast, easy and almost free.
Time Required: 5 minutes
- Locate an old garden hose that you're no longer using (like that leaky one that you've never gotten around to fixing).
- Drill holes along the length of the hose.
- Screw a hose cap onto one end of the hose.
- Place the hose in the area that you want to water.
- Then, attach the open end of your new soaker hose to a garden hose; turn on the water; and give your plants a good soaking.
- Bury the soaker hose under a few inches of mulch to prevent evaporation.
- Turn the spigot on just enough to make water seep from the holes.
- To save water and ensure deep watering, run your soaker hose for 30 minutes twice a week (adjust this number as needed for your area).
- Have a hard time remembering to turn off the water? Then, set up a hose timer, and you won't have to.
- Remove the end cap from time to time, and flush the hose with water to remove any clogs.
What You Need:
- An old garden hose
- A hose cap
- A drill