The Q&A Archives: drip/soaking hose

Question: There were no directions on the hose how should I use it?

Answer: Soaker hoses are typically placed on the soil surface and covered with an inch or two of organic matter - more to hide the hose than anything else. You don't want to bury the soaker hose in the soil - soil particles will clog the holes. Try setting the hose on the soil surface and placing just an inch or two of mulch over it. Then run the hose for an hour and then carefully dig a hole, to see how deep the water has gone. This will give you some idea of how deeply the water penetrates, depending upon how long you leave the water on. Ideally, you'll want the entire root zone moistened each time you water so aim for 8-12" of penetration, depending upon the plants you're growing. Eight inches should be fine for annuals and most veggies. Best wishes with your garden!

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