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Phoenix, AZ
Cubs55
Mar 4, 2018 5:17 PM CST
I would like to ring my bushes with a soaker hose for more efficient watering. If the hoses waters at a rate of 1 gallon per hour per foot, how long should I water for a deep soak?

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 4, 2018 5:22 PM CST
It would depend on your soil type and prevailing environmental conditions and when they were last watered. What I would do is turn them on for a measured interval then check the soil by digging down with a trowel, and keep repeating that until you have the total amount of time it took to get to where you want it.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 5, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Your in LUCK ! Cubs ! I've done the math for my garden 👍😀😀😀
My drip line has one gallon emitters, every 12 inches also.
It was a pain, but ! But, I succeeded.
Hear you go.
For one inch of water, you'll need to run system for 230 minutes. Or 33 minutes a day.
One inch of water usually wets soils down to 12 inches.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Mar 5, 2018 6:05 PM CST
For a soaker hose all depends on size of pipe, pressure, size of hose, length of hose and type of soil.
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2018 8:15 PM CST
Are you using soaker hose hooked into a drip system? If so, small sprinklers would be more efficient.

Are you using soaker hose directly hooked to your hose? The black ones that seep? Or the green ones that spray? I doubt you could get enough water out of the 'seep' ones to do much good. They clog easily.
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Mar 5, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Mom had and maybe they are still around some old, old, old canvas ones.
I have not used them for twenty years but I liked them far, far, far better than the ones they have now.
I have never had one , either type , plug up -- what do you mean?
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2018 8:54 PM CST
They lay in the dirt. Eventually, when you least expect it, all the little pores are clogged. No more water. Sighing!
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Mar 5, 2018 10:18 PM CST
DaisyI said: They lay in the dirt. Eventually, when you least expect it, all the little pores are clogged. No more water. Sighing!

That sound like you do not have enough pressure.
That was one reason I quit using them up North as the pressure was too low, we now have a pressure booster but Sharon put in a irrigation system so I may just take them all home and use them there.

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