From the initial preparation of your hose to connecting it to a water source, learning how to make a soaker hose is simple, straightforward, and easy. Using only four items, you can turn any hose into this special tool and save your garden and some pennies. This How to Guide is here to tell you everything you need to know about this and point out all the necessary steps.
If your garden is in need of irrigation, you might consider trying a soaker hose. This particular garden tool provides an efficient and effective way of getting water to your plants with minimum waste.
To experiment with this method, you don’t need to rush out to the store to invest in special equipment, as instead, you can make your own with very little trouble.
Materials Needed to Make a Soaker Hose
- Garden hose
- Before learning how to make a soaker hose, you can either purchase a new hose or dig out an old one.
- Just make sure to measure the length you need beforehand and purchase or trim accordingly.
- Drill and 3/64 drill bit
- If you don’t have a drill or feel uncomfortable using one, you can use a hammer and a 20d nail to achieve the same results.
- Hose cap
- You can use electrical tape instead of a hose cap if you wish.
- Whatever you choose, you want to be able to seal off the end of the hose which will not connect to the water source.
- Select something sturdy which wouldn’t don’t mind getting soiled.
- A good example would be a canvas drop cloth.
- Sewing machine
Steps to Follow in Making a Soaker Hose
In the following, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to make the soaker hose. Let’s proceed:
Step 1: Get your hose ready
- This is perhaps the most basic and yet most helpful tip regarding how to make a soaker hose.
- Before doing anything else, stretch out your hose so that you can work with it easily
- If it is an old and repurposed hose, be sure to first clean it so that you can see the hose clearly.
Step 2: Put the holes in your hose
- Whether you use a drill or a hammer, the method is the same.
- Measuring approximately 18 inches (45.7 cm) from the end of the hose which will connect to your water source, create a hole all the way through the hose.
- Repeat this scheme until you reach the end of the hose, spacing your holes about 2.5 inches (6.3 cm) apart.
Step 3: Prevent loss of pressure
- Right now your hose is open ended.
- To make sure that the water to seep out through the holes steadily and consistently, it is necessary that you close up the farther end.
- If you are using electrical tape, sharply kink and fold over the end, tightly wrapping it with tape to maintain your fold.
- On the other hand, if you decided to use a hose cap, simply screw it on.
(Optional) Step 4: Create a slipcover
- You can finish here, or you can take your project one extra step forward.
- You can do so by adding a covering to help it to function like many store-bought soaker hoses.
- Start by cutting strips of fabric 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide.
- Fold them in half lengthwise
- Stitch them together to form tubes.
- Thread the hose through these tubes.
- Whether you scrunch the fabric or keep it flat is all up to you, but make sure to cover all the holes.
- Using a slipcover produces a much gentler and more subtle effect than using the bare hose.
- Of course, if you wish to install your hose permanently underground, you will probably want to forego the slipcover altogether.
Test Out Your Soaker Hose
After you followed these instructions on how to make a soaker hose and completed your project, you should also remember to test it. To do this, proceed as follows:
- Screw your hose onto a water source, whether this might be another hose, a spigot or a hose splitter.
- You can control the pressure of the water by increasing or diminishing the flow.
- Remember that this is a soaker hose, not a sprayer, so keep your pressure relatively low.
Should you find that there are holes in your hose which, by their location, are doing nothing to help the irrigation process, you can always tape them up with electrical tape.
- In doing so, you can avoid wasting water and also increase the pressure elsewhere.
If, on the other hand, you notice that water does not flow out of a section of the hose, try removing your seal at the far end of the hose. You should do so no matter if this is an electrical tape or a hose cap.
- In doing so, you will allow water to flow steadily through the hose.
- There may be a clog, and this will help to flush it out.
Of course, if after reading these tips regarding how to make a soaker hose, you do not wish to try your hand at doing one, you can find many quality ones for sale.
The Teknor-Apex Green Thumb Soil Soaker .
And the Rocky Mountain Goods Soaker Hose are two great such options .
You can also find a selection of other great garden tools in these related articles:
Gathering Up Our Tools
Making a soaker hose is an easy and inexpensive way of adding a new irrigation system to your garden. Starting with a simple, ordinary garden hose and a few tools, you can take your watering system to a totally new level.
Besides offering you the satisfaction of creating something yourself, learning how to make a soaker hose can also give you the chance to customize your project as much as you wish.
If you have tips of your own on how to make a soaker hose, or if you have found another method that works just as well or better, please let us know in the comments below. We’re always interested in finding the best solutions!