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DIY Soaker Hose

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Turn an old, leaky hose into an irrigation device.

Want to put your garden on an automated irrigation schedule? A soaker hose is just the thing to supply water to your plants without having to stand in the heat holding a hose. If you're too frugal to buy one, it's very easy to make your own.


Want to put your garden on an automated irrigation schedule? A soaker hose is just the thing to supply water to your plants without having to stand in the heat holding a hose. If you're too frugal to buy one, it's very easy to make your own.

To make a soaker hose you'll need a hose, preferably an old one. Go out to your garden shed, and you're sure to find at least one old leaky hose that you haven't gotten around to fixing yet.While you're out there, grab an electric drill and a small bit.

Drill holes along the length of the hose. You can go all the way through from one side to the other or space your holes out. It really depends how your garden is set up and how you want to water.

Once all the holes are drilled, put a hose cap on one open end of the hose to force water to go out the holes instead. Attach the other open end to a connecting hose or sprinkler spigot. Lay the homemade soaker hose around and alongside your garden plants, and cover the hose with a couple inches of mulch to prevent the water from evaporating. When you want to water, either manually turn the water on or set it up on a timer to go on automatically.

 
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