Hello and welcome back to Turf Mechanic. In today’s article, we are going to take a look at soaker hoses. We are also going to discuss about How Long to Run a Soaker Hose For. We realize that you want to be able to water your plants efficiently- and we really appreciate that! And that’s precisely why we’re here for you with today’s article. We really hope that you would take your time to read it till the very end.
So, there are quite a few things we are going to discuss today. We really hope that you can learn something that you might be able to apply for your lawn. So, are you ready to get started? Great, let’s get to it then!
What is a Soaker Hose?
A Soaker hose is not your regular hose- it’s a special type of hose that absorbs the water. The water comes out through the innumerable tiny pores on the body of the hose. Thus, the water drips really slowly, and the water is supplied directly to the root with almost zero pressure.
And because there is no excess water that is supplied, there is no runoff. Also, there is almost no loss because of evaporation. All of these things together make the Soaker hose one of the most efficient methods of watering your lawn. When you do so, you are both watering your plants in a healthy way, and conserving water- that’s the sign of a smart lawn-owner!
Anyone who is looking to buy a soaker hose should probably see my full guide to hoses here too.
Is Soaker Hose the same as Drip Irrigation?
One thing that you might easily confuse soaker hoses with is drip irrigation. While they do sound awfully similar because of the way the water actually is delivered to the roots, they aren’t. They are actually quite different if you consider how the hose delivers the water.
Here are the main points you might want to consider, which separate the Soaker hose from Drip Irrigation:
- First of all, a soaker hose naturally soaks water. A drip irrigation does not rely on any soaking. This is a strong point, and one that becomes evident from the very name of the hose.
- Drip Irrigation relies on the drippers placed near the roots of the plants for delivering the water. The soaker hose, on the other hand, delivers the water through minute pores on it along the entire length of the hose. This is the main difference between the two-they work in an entirely different manner!
- Finally, in drip irrigation, the dripping is location-centered, and you can control which parts to water. With a soaker hose, the watering takes place along the entire length of the hose, and you cannot control it. This makes the prior one a better choice if you don’t want to water the whole place.
Points you might want to keep in mind when using Soaker Hoses
- Location: You need to know that soaker hoses deliver water along the entire length, so you need to know where to put them. Ideally, plant-beds are the places where you might put one of these.
- The Faucet: A back-flow preventer is absolutely indispensable. You need to get one if you don’t have one built in for you already.
- Don’t forget to set the timer: You need to give the plants the right amount of water. You might let the water run for too long and overwater the plants otherwise (click here to read our article about if you can overwater seeds as well). So, you need to diligently set the timer so that the plants get adequate water- at the right time.
- Don’t use hoses that are too long: Long hoses aren’t necessarily better, and so you don’t really need to get one that’s too long. Instead, it is recommended that you get one within 100 feet in terms of length. Quoting PlantCareToday,
For soaker hoses to perform optimally they should have a maximum length of 100 feet. Make sure to purchase the length that fits your garden. Use a garden hose to connect the soaker hose to the faucet.
- Don’t let the water run too fast: You need to keep in mind that you want the water to drip and not spray. So, you don’t really need to make the water run too fast. So, just open the faucet as much as needed to just let some water be present in the soaker hose, don’t put water inside with too much force or it will end up spraying it.
How long to run a Soaker Hose for?
Now, you still might have the same question in mind as before, although you know a little more about Soaker hoses. So, How long to run a Soaker Hose for? Well, honestly speaking, it depends on all the factors that we already mentioned, plus a lot of other factors related to how much water your soil needs.
But, after considering it all, experts give us an average figure. Experts recommend using it for 30 minutes on an average. This is found to be the ideal time for most of the scenarios. Naturally, if you find out that it isn’t working well for you, you might adjust with a plus or minus of ten minutes, and that would pretty much work for almost every scenario.
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Finally, we can conclude by saying that 30 minutes seems to be default ideal time. However, if you think it calls for a little more or less, you might want to adjust it with about 10 minutes.
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