How to use a soaker hose save water and money
Water your landscape beds and garden plant correctly
The dog days of summer, are absolutely hot and sticky for man and beast alike. Not only the critters are starving for a cool drink, but the hot air just seams to suck the life giving moisture out of our, tomato, zucchini and cucumber plants.
If you are like me, and I am sure you are. You have read on the internet or in some gardening book not to water your vegetable garden with a lawn sprinkler. In addition, I bet you have also read, never water your tomato and pepper plants midday.
Still more extremely helpful information suggests, watering your veggies late in the evening, your plants foliage does not have time to fully dry, and you will have fungal diseases, powdery mildew or other types of mold issues.
Water correctly to control garden plant diseases
For gardeners like you and me, controlling plant diseases such as, Fungal, powdery molds, and mildew, are high on our list of must do items. On the other hand, our vegetables must have at least one inch of rain, or its equivalent each week.
Therefore, what are we to do, in the heat of summer? Simple we water our plants of course. The question here is however, what is the best way. One that will not break the bank, being the frugal gardeners we are. Something that does not require a lot of extra time, after all we do have a life outside gardening.
In order to conserve water, and maintain the health and productivity of our veggies we must practice a deep-watering method we can live with. We have already discovered, lawn sprinklers waste as much as 30% of the water they use. Water that just simply evaporates into thin air or worse yet just runs off without soaking deeply into our garden soil. Soaking deeply into our garden soil, after all is what our plants need to have a happy and productive life.
Ok, just for fun, I am going to say it again. When we are watering our veggies, we must use a “Deep Watering Method” that will soak deeply into our gardens soil keeping our plants healthy and happy. Nevertheless, not just any method fills a frugal gardeners needs like ours. There is but only one I know of, the soaker hose method. Made of recycled materials, rubber from old tires and plastics that we recycle, soaker hoses are a great deal for our environment and our wallets.
When only the best soaker hose will do buy this one
Keep your soaker hose flat and level
It is easy to water our vegetable gardens, and let me not fail to mention, our flower gardens as well when using a soaker hose. You can purchase everything you need on line at amazon.com or any of your local home improvement centers, where they sell gardening and landscaping supplies.
For a soaker hose to work effectively, it must be laid-out flat and level. Another little known secret, depending on your water pressure you can only hook-up a maximum of 100 feet of soaker hose at a time. 50 feet is better to ensure even watering.
The way a soaker hose works, is it relies on the water pressure in the hose to push the water out through the perforations in the body of the hose. When a hose is too long, the pressure required to push the water through the hose will force the water to take the path of least resistance, in short the area that is closer to the water source will get more water, so keep the length of a soaker hose to 50 feet to be on the safe side.
watering is as easy as, 1,2,3
Things you need to make installing your new soaker hose as easy as 1, 2, 3. First thing, take your new hose and uncoil it across the backyard, the material a hose is made of has a memory, which is to say it will want to stay coiled up when you first unroll it. Laying the soaker hose across the lawn and securing each end so it stays straight. Doing this for an hour or so before you plan on putting the hose into your garden will make your life a lot easier when it comes time to install the hose around your garden plants. Here is a little tip for you, using a few of the large U shaped landscaping staples, the ones the pros use when they install landscape fabric, helps to hold the hose in place.
Secondly, when installing your soaker hose, position the hose so it is not touching your plant where it comes out of the soil. Keeping the hose at least three or four inches away from the plant’s main stalk is better for promoting good healthy root systems on your vegetable and flowering plants.
Lastly, after you have your soaker hose laid-out and secured, covering it with an even layer of mulch three to four inches deep will go a long way to help conserve water and make weeding easier. For larger gardens, consider installing several soaker hoses running parallel to each other evenly spaced about every twenty-four inches. Keeping the plugged end of each soaker hose pointed in the same direction. Makes installing a quick coupler on the opposite end of each hose a convenient time and work saver. This makes attaching your garden hose to each soaker hose separately unbelievably easy, so you can water your tomatoes one day, and your peppers or zucchini plants on another.
Make watering your garden with soaker hoses easier with this brass quick coupler
Best wishes with your vegetable garden, Mike
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