soaker hoses - Knowledgebase Question

millsboro, De
Question by molly6664
June 12, 2010
just purchased two of your soaker hoses and don't know how long to run the water. Can you advise. they are for the garden. thanks


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Answer from NGA
June 12, 2010

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I wish there were an easy answer to your question, but there really isn't. You'll have to experiment to determine how long to run the water. Begin by running 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. Once you've determined how long it takes to get the top 12" of soil moist, then you'll know how long to keep the water running each time you water. Best wishes with your landscape!

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