by Wendy Gasch, Horticulturist
Water is an essential part of gardening. Whether
it falls from the sky or flows out of a hose, plants cannot live
without water. In order to help conserve this precious resource and
enjoy our gardens at the same time, it's important to water more
One way to improve your watering efficiency
is to use soaker hoses. Soaker hoses, available at most garden centers,
work by slowly releasing small amounts of water over a longer period
of time. By releasing water slowly, more water can soak deeper into
the soil and less is wasted through evaporation and run off.
hoses look like black gardening hoses, the difference being they're
permeated with tiny holes. They come in a variety of sizes so they're
easily adapted to most garden spaces. Once they're set up in the
garden, they can be left in place for a number of years with some
simple annual maintenance.
Soaker hoses can be used on trees and
shrubs, in perennial and annual beds, even in vegetable gardens.
They can be connected directly to the hose bib on the side of the
house or fitted with a piece of plastic tubing or gardening hose
to reduce the amount of water wasted between the house and flower
beds. Once placed in the garden, cover the soaker hoses with mulch
to hide them from view and protect them from damaging sunlight.
sure to flush your soaker hoses at the beginning and end of every
season to remove any sediment that may have accumulated. Used correctly,
soaker hoses can promote deep, healthy root systems. By using water
more efficiently and effectively, both plants and people benefit.
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