The Q&A Archives: Pressure Regulator

Question: Do we need to use a water pressure regulator on our soaker hoses and, if so, what should it be set at? We first used them last year and our water bill was through the roof. Thank you for any assistance. Mrs. Shepherd

Answer: A pressure regulator will slow the amount of water that goes into your soaker hose so you can apply water for a longer period of time, but you can do the same thing by simply turning off the water after using the soaker hoses. The key is to apply enough water to wet the soil without applying so much that it is wasted and the only way you will know how long to allow the water to run is to dig down into the soil to see how far the water has penetrated. Water as usual then wait a day or two and dig down into the garden. If the soil is moist 2 inches below the soil surface, you wont need to water for another few days. If the soil is dry 2 inches down, it's time to water. Good luck with your garden!

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