Well, it’s that time of year again…if you have a garden, it’s time to start watering!
I used to spend a lot of time lugging around a hose and sprinkler trying to make sure that all of my plants got watered on a regular basis. Since the sprinkler had to be placed in the middle of the lawn for the water to reach everywhere, I had to move it every time the grass needed to be mowed. And then put it back to water everything (and somehow I could never get it to go back in the exact right spot every time).
Not to mention that half the time I would forget to turn it on, or forget to turn it off.
And then there’s the fact that sprinklers are notoriously bad for wasting water. A lot of it evaporates before it even hits the ground, and you need to leave the sprinkler on for a long time to get the water to sink an inch into the soil. Which all added up to REALLY high water bills in the summer.
So I decided to put in soaker hoses. And discovered that they now have really affordable configurable soaker hoses. The hose comes in 100′ lengths with multiple different kinds of ends and splitters that you let you put the hose where your plants are. And they use a really low level of water pressure…which means less water than even the original soaker hoses used. Add a water timer, and you now have an automatic garden watering system that takes no time and uses a lot less water.
Read on to find out how to install soaker hoses in your garden.