How to Make a Soaker Hose Out of an Old Garden Hose

Green garden hose with holes used as soaker hose next to some garden plants

The Spruce / Meg MacDonald

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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. Crafting a soaker hose is quite easy to do and costs nearly nothing. Once you're done, your parched garden will thank you with an offer of beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables.


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What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Cordless drill with 1/4-inch drill bit


  • Old garden hose
  • Hose cap


  1. Find an Old Garden Hose

    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).

    Green garden hose placed on outdoor soil

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  2. Make Holes in the Hose

    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

    Orange electric drill creating holes on side of green garden hose

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  3. Attach the Hose Cap

    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. 

    Hose cap secured on end of green garden hose closeup

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  4. Position the Hose

    Place the hose in the area that you want to water, making sure that you cover all of the territories that need watering. If you have a large garden, you may need to attach two hoses together.

    Green garden hose spread around garden plants

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  5. Attach the Hose

    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. 

    Green soaker hose attached to open end of garden hose

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Materials and tools to create soaker hose out of garden hose laying on outdoor path

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Tips for Using a Soaker Hose

  • 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 for 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 in 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.
  • Are soaker hoses worth it?

    Soaker hoses can provide even and deep watering over a large area with minimal effort on your part. Plus, they avoid getting foliage wet by watering at the base of plants, which helps to prevent fungal issues. 

  • What is the difference between a soaker hose and a drip hose?

    While a soaker hose is simply a porous garden hose, drip irrigation is a network of tubes that emit water. They both water around the base of plants, but drip irrigation can be placed more precisely over plants’ root zones for less water waste.

  • How long should you leave a soaker hose on?

    Using your soaker hose for 30 minutes twice a week is a good place to start. Too short of watering sessions might not allow the irrigation to penetrate to plants’ root zones. However, if you live in a wet, humid climate or have plants with low water requirements, you might not need to water as often.