Drip Irrigation-Part 5-Using Soaker Hose in the Garden


Welcome to part 5, the final part, of how
to assemble drip irrigation. Today we’re going to assemble the soaker hose. Before getting started be sure and watch part 1 how to get the water from your source to the poly tubing and you will need to add a 25 psi pressure regulator if you’re
using the soaker hose as well as a filter. Soaker hoses can get clogged with
mineral deposits and should not be used in areas with heavy minerals in the
water. If you have hard water be sure to include a calcium filter as well as a
regular filter. This type of drip irrigation system is great for closely planted vegetables in the vegetable garden as well as for landscaping where
meandering or curved lines are needed. And you can feel good about helping the
environment because it’s made from recycled tires. Soaker hose can only be
used on flat surfaces and when designing your soaker hose irrigation system do
not make any lines longer than 250 feet. Also, the maximum soaker hose per faucet is 500 feet, no matter the number of lines or individual line length. From where we ended with the poly tubing in the part 1 video, there are several ways
to transition to soaker hose. If you’ll be using only one long line of soaker hose use a 1/2 inch Barbed Hose Starter Fitting to transition from poly tubing to soaker hose or use a Barbed Tee at the poly tubing to form a
circle. When installing soaker hose fittings use metal hose clamps to secure
the hoses and keep them from popping off later when they’re under pressure. If you will be laying your soaker hose in multiple straight or curved lines, such
as in a vegetable garden bed extend your poly tubing along one full edge of the
garden. At the spots where you want to branch off a soaker hose cut the poly
tubing and insert a soaker hose Barbed Tee so that the opposite ends reconnect
the cut poly tubing and the side end is facing
in the direction of your soaker hose. At the end of your soaker hose install a
soaker hose Barbed End Cap if your soaker hose ever becomes clogged and you
need to clean it at the end of the season
just open the end and flush it out. Soaker hose is great for meandering
curves but if you need a sharp angle you’ll need to cut the soaker hose and
install an Elbow. To use 1/4 inch soaker hose follow the same principles as for the half inch soaker hose but use 1/4 inch standard poly tubing
fittings punched into the side of the poly tubing. This size soaker hose does
not require clamps to hold it in place on the fittings. Since soaker hose weeps
out 360 degrees around and the full length of the installation, you don’t
need to worry about what’s side to put it down on, it doesn’t matter. Soaker hose
can be buried under the soil, compost or mulch for even better weed prevention
and to deliver water directly to the roots. However before burying it check
the fits and the water pressure and make sure the soaker hose weeps and doesn’t
spray. Soaker hose can withstand freezing temperatures but you do want to empty it
out when winterizing your garden. So install some soaker hose and grow
organic for life!

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