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How To Make a Soaker Hose



How to Make a Soaker Hose

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

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.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Locate an old garden hose that you're no longer using (like that leaky one that you've never gotten around to fixing).
  2. Drill holes along the length of the hose.
  3. Screw a hose cap onto one end of the hose.
  4. Place the hose in the area that you want to water.
  5. 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.


  1. Bury the soaker hose under a few inches of mulch to prevent evaporation.
  2. Turn the spigot on just enough to make water seep from the holes.
  3. 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).
  4. Have a hard time remembering to turn off the water? Then, set up a hose timer, and you won't have to.
  5. 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
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