Have you ever heard of a soaker hose? There is nothing really fancy about it - it is just a garden hose full of holes. It is also one of the simplest ways you can water your garden, as well as one of the best. Here are 3 reasons why:
1.Soaker hoses save water. Yes, that is right: It is a leaky garden hose that actually saves water. The explanation to this has something to do with evaporation.Normally, when you water your garden with a sprinkler or a spray nozzle, you are distributing the water from a distance away from the plant. This way there is a loss of water due to evaporation to the surrounding air. Most of the time, the water will fall anywhere but on the plant that needs it. It will fall on bare ground quite often. This water is also wasted to some degree, as much of it willalso evaporate before it can reach the roots in the ground. Lastly, any water that lands on the leaves of the plant may or may not make it to the roots where it is really needed. A lot will evaporate before it gets that far. All in all, you waste a lot of water with a sprinkler or a spray nozzle.
2.Automation. Using a garden soaker hose only requires you to place the hose where you want it,turn on the water and leave it running for a bit. Meanwhile you can go and do something else. Use the hose with a water timer, and you can pretty much set it and forget it. You can have soaker hoses laid out to each and every medium to large plant - or in dense flower beds - and never have to move any of them again. Just turn on the water for a little while, and you are done.
3.Stronger plants .One of the neat things you can do with a soaker hose, is to make sure it runs closely past the roots of the plants. When you turn on the water, leave it on long enough that the soil around the plants roots are well soaked. You want the water to go deep into the soil - not just the upper two inches. By going deep, you encourage the plant to grow deep roots to get to the water. This is good for dryseasons, as the plant will then not be reliant on a weak root-net which can only reach moisture near the surface. Water it deep and not too often, and you will get a stronger plant. Don't drip-feed it constantly, as that will let the plant get away with having only a weak, shallow root-net.
As convenient as an automatic sprinkling system is for vegetable gardens, they aren't practical for youraverage vegetable gardener. Automatic sprinkler systems are expensive and difficult to maintain. When a pipe breaks, a gardener has to fix it themselves or call a professional to come fix it for them. Not practical unless the system is already installed. That means the gardener will have to manually water the vegetable plants. Fortunately, there are options other than conventional sprinklers.While many types of sprinklers line store shelves, I have found one watering system that has allowed my vegetable gardens to flourish, thrive, and conserve water, all at the same time. Soaker hoses have watered my vegetable garden for years, and they will water my garden for years to come. Here a few of the reasons why soaker hoses are more convenient and useful than conventional rain-birds androtary sprinklers.
Soaker hoses only have to be set up once As soon as you've lined your soaker hoses to water along the roots of the plants, you don't have to move the hoses around the entire planting and harvesting season. Simply attach a regular hose to the end of the soaker hoses and let your plants receive drink. With a regular sprinkler, one has to drag hoses around in the mud. Not much fun.Soaker hoses conserve water Environmentally beneficial for those that live in dry desert communities. Many towns in deserts are placed on watering restrictions to conserve water. Soakers hoses save water because only the roots of the vegetable plants are watered, not the entire plant and surrounding dirt.
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