Using Soaker Hose - Knowledgebase Question

Yardville, NJ
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Question by bpaul6
April 15, 1998
I plan to water my raised bed vegetable garden with a soaker hose. I have been unable to find out how long to
run the water to deliver enough water to my plants. I would like to know what is a good duration time to start out with and understand that I will have to adjust it to suit my conditions. My soil is loam and the vegetables will be tomatoes, peppers, beans and herbs. I am currently planing on 1hr in the morning and 1hr at night. Please let me know if this is correct. Also should the soaker hose be buried?

Answer from NGA
April 15, 1998
Try burying the hose just an inch or two below the soil surface. Then run the hose for an hour. Then carefully dig a hole, and see how deep the water has gone. It's likely you will need to run the hose for a few hours to get enough saturation--you want the plants' entire root zone moist. I would run the hose for a few hours as necessary in the morning, and forego the evening watering. Generally, it's a good idea to water thoroughly less often, than water a little continuously. Light waterings won't penetrate the soil, so roots will tend to stay too shallow.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

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