need help watering camellias with soaker hose
I'm going to plant 12 new 3 gallon camellia bushes this weekend. I bought soaker hose to run along the line of bushes (hoping to make a nice hedge) and am wondering how to lay out the hose. I've not used a soaker hose before. Would you stretch it out to a straight line or wrap it around each bush? I was thinking of wrapping it around but not sure how close or wide to wrap it? (maybe 6 inches from the base? or wrap it at the drip line?) I'm afraid they won't get enough water if I just do it in a line. I have clay type soil, if that helps in predicting what the soaker will do.
Also, how long do I leave a soaker hose on so my bushes get enough water? Also, do I water every day? Every other? Any tips on knowing how much to water? Also what time of day is best to water? Morning, evening?
Thanks for any help you can give. I want to give these guys a good start!