Make a Soaker Hose Out of a Garden Hose and a Hose Cap

Homemade Soaker Hoses Save Money and Water

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Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Sometimes the best way to water your garden is with a soaker hose. That's because a soaker hose provides gentle, consistent, deep watering over a relatively large area. The hose part is aptly named, and a soaking is just what's needed if your garden is suffering from a period of drought. All you really need to make this handy and useful piece of gardening equipment is an old garden hose that you're no longer using. It only takes about five minutes to craft a soaker hose, it's very easy to do, and the best part is it costs nearly nothing. Once you're done, your parched garden will thank you with an offer of beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables.

What You'll Need

5 Steps Is All It Takes

  1. Dig through your garage for that old garden hose you're no longer using (like that leaky one that you never got around to fixing, or forgot to throw out).
  2. Drill evenly spaced holes along the length of the hose (using a 1/4 inch drill bit), taking care to drill through only one side of the hose
  3. Screw a hose cap onto one end of the hose. Basically what you're doing is forcing the water to gently come out of the holes that you made, not the end of the hose. 
  4. Place the hose in the area that you want to water, making sure that you cover all of the territory that needs watering. If you have a large garden, you may need to attach two hoses together.
  5. Attach the open end of your new soaker hose to a garden hose. Next, simply turn on the water and give your plants the soaking that they need. 

Tips

  • Bury the soaker hose under a few inches of mulch to prevent evaporation.
  • Turn the spigot on just enough to make water seep from the holes. You don't want it to look like Old Faithful.
  • To conserve water and ensure deep watering, run your soaker hose no more than 30 minutes twice a week. Adjust the amount of soaking you do according to your location and whether your region is experiencing a serious drought or (on the flip side) super wet conditions.
  • If you have a hard time remembering to turn off the water, set up a hose timer, and you won't have to trust your memory. You can even buy a timer that has a built-in rain sensor. This handy device detects that the ground is already wet and your hose automatically skips your scheduled watering.
  • Remove the end cap from your soaker hose from time to time and flush the hose with water to remove any clogs. This is an especially important part of the process if you buried your hose under mulch.
  • People often throw out their damaged garden hoses the early part of spring. If you don't have an old garden hose laying around, keep an eye out for old hoses left on the curb on trash day. You'll be able to make your soaker hose for the price of a hose cap.