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How long to water with a soaker hose?

Posted by maxlife92 none (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 22, 12 at 19:50

I have 3 10x4 ft raised beds 1ft deep. I bought two 25'ft soaker hoses yesterday and have them split at the faucet going to the three beds(two of the beds share one soaker hose). First question, how much looping and intertwining do i need to do? Because the shares beds dont have enough leverage with the one hose for any looping and im skeptical this could be a problem. Also how long should I let them run?

Yesterday I let them run for 20 min 2different times. Today I let them run for 40min this morning and i just chcked the soil with my finger (one inch test) and it was very dry and my newly planted cucumber plant looked wilty. So i just turned them on again for 30 minutes.

What do yall think?

Especially with the temps in the 80's and no rain here in San Antonio...

I do have the garden under a tree though

Thanks!


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RE: How long to water with a soaker hose?

First, how much water is each hose releasing when you turn on the faucet? Are you turning the faucet on enough? You don't want to be spraying water in the air, but you do want it dripping/seeping into the soil. It really is a trial and error type of thing. How far to turn the knob of the faucet to get the water flow you want, and then how long to leave the water on. The first is the easiest, slowly turn the knob/lever until you get a steady dripping of water from the soaker hose. The latter takes more time and concentrated watchng of the beds to tell you when they've had enough.

Good luck!


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