How to Select the Right Soaker Hose For Your Landscape


Soaker hoses are efficient ways to water your lawn. They reduce evaporation and runoff, which means more water gets to your plants where it can do the most good. Soaker hoses also allow you to customize exactly how much water each area of your home receives. This can save money on both water bills and fertilizer costs. However, there are many types of soaker hoses available on the market today, making it easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to choose one that’s right for your needs.

What is a soaker hose?

Soaker hoses are simply a type of drip irrigation. They are long tubes with small holes in them and water is released through these holes. Soaker hoses can be used to water plants, lawns and shrubs, as well as apply pesticides to your garden beds.

Soaker hoses are also known as trickle hoses or soak hoses.

How does a soaker hose work?

Soaker hoses are an excellent choice for those looking to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to watering their landscaping. A soaker hose is a type of irrigation system that consists of a long, perforated hose with small holes along its length. The water seeps out of these holes and is absorbed into the soil. This means that as you water your plants with this type of sprinkler system, there will be less runoff and waste than would occur if you were using a traditional sprinkler or drip system.

Soaker hoses are ideal for flat surfaces like patios, decks and walkways because they distribute water evenly across these areas without wasting any of it due to runoff onto other surfaces like driveways or sidewalks next door (this can also cause erosion around your home).

Who should use a soaker hose?

Soaker hoses are ideal for people who want to water their lawns without using sprinklers. They can also be used to water vegetable gardens and flowers, as well as trees, shrubs and more.

Should I water my lawn with a sprinkler or soaker hose?

Soaker hoses are more efficient than sprinklers because they deliver water directly to the roots of the grass. Sprinklers waste a lot of water on your driveway, lawn, and sidewalk. Soaker hoses are also more efficient because you can use them even when it’s raining or windy outside.

Soaker Hose Advantages:

  • They are less expensive than a drip system (see below)
  • They’re easy to install – just keep in mind that soakers need about 12 inches between each one and that you’ll need enough hoses for your entire yard!

What material should my soaker hose be?

If you have a soaker hose that’s not made of HDPE, it may be time to change it. HDPE is more durable, flexible and resistant to kinking than PVC or other materials. It also holds up well under UV damage and freezing temperatures.

HDPE soaker hoses are more expensive than their PVC counterparts, but the cost is worth it for the added durability and longevity of your hose. If you’ve ever had to replace an old soaker hose that’s been damaged by UV rays or frozen solid in winter, you’ll know how much replacing a cheap one can cost—and how much better off you’d be with an upgraded model from the start!

What length should my soaker hose be?

Soaker hoses should not be longer than 25 feet. This is because the longer they are, the harder it will be to manage them and keep them in good working order. If your soaker hose is too short, you may need to buy more than one in a row to get the coverage you want. Soaker hoses should also not be any shorter than 3 feet long; otherwise they won’t have enough pressure or length of water flow to go around all of your plants’ roots.

If you’re setting up multiple soaker hoses and plan on planting new plants or moving existing ones around from time to time, make sure that the spacing between each hose isn’t too far apart—no more than 10 feet at most (the recommendation for maximum spacing between soakers).

Why use a black soaker hose?

One of the main benefits of a black soaker hose is that it absorbs and releases heat better than other colors.

As you may already know, during the day, water absorbs heat from the sun and evaporates into the air. When it grows darker out and temperatures begin to drop, this evaporation process slows down significantly. If you’re gardening at night (which many people like to do) then this can be problematic because if you don’t take proper precautions your plants will lose their moisture levels too quickly. This becomes especially dangerous for trees and shrubs since they tend to have shallow roots systems which means their needs for water are greater than those with deeper root systems such as vegetables or annuals. A black soaker hose can help prevent this from happening by continuously providing water throughout the night when evaporation rates are lower than during daylight hours—and because black is better at absorbing heat than most other colors (including green), you get an added benefit!

Soaker hoses increase the efficiency of your watering efforts.

Soaker hoses are an ideal way to water your lawn. They are more efficient than sprinklers, hand watering, drip irrigation and most other types of soaker hoses because they deliver water directly to where it is needed on the ground. Since they are placed under ground, the water reaches soil roots where it can be used by plants without evaporating from wind or sun exposure.

Soaker hoses also provide a low-maintenance way to keep your lawn green and healthy by keeping it properly hydrated. Unlike sprinkler systems that tend to oversaturate areas near them (and under them) while leaving dry spots elsewhere in the yard, soaker hoses deliver an even amount of moisture all over your property – front yard, back yard and everywhere in between! This means less wasted resources while still making sure that every inch gets some love too!


We hope this article has helped you decide whether a soaker hose is right for your landscape. There are many benefits to using them, and they can save you time and money on watering. Don’t forget that it’s important to keep your soaker hose well maintained too – if it gets damaged or clogged up with dirt then it will not work properly! We would love for you to share any tips or tricks about how you’ve found success with these innovative products in the comments below – happy watering 🙂

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