Soaker hoses are one of the best tools a gardener can use, especially if you have a large garden or vegetable patch. They’re efficient and straightforward to use, plus they save money in the long run. There’s not much that can go wrong with these sturdy hoses, but like any piece of equipment, soaker hoses need occasional maintenance to run their best. Here are three tips for taking care of your soaker hose and keeping it running strong:
1. Use fertilizer tablets if you have a small vegetable or plant garden.
If you have a small vegetable or plant garden, you can use fertilizer tablets. They’re easy to use and add nutrients to the soil. You only need one tablet per foot of soaker hose, so one bottle should last most people for quite some time.
If you want to make sure your soaker hoses are in optimal condition all season long, this is a good solution!
2. Don’t leave them out in the winter; store them in a shed or other covered structure when not in use
If you’re not using your soaker hose in the winter, don’t leave it out in the cold. If a soaker hose freezes and bursts, you’ll have a big mess to clean up and may need to replace parts of your sprinkler system as well. To prevent this from happening:
- Store them in a shed or other covered structure when not in use.*
3. Be sure to run water in them for about 15 min once a month so that the inside keeps moist and doesn’t get clogged.
- Be sure to run water in them for about 15 min once a month so that the inside keeps moist and doesn’t get clogged.
- Run the hose along with a slow trickle of water coming out of it, not just sitting in the hose.
- This will keep your soaker hoses running strong for a long time!
Soaker hoses are a great way to water your garden, but you need to maintain them to keep them running strong
Soaker hoses are a great way to water your garden, but you need to maintain them to keep them running strong. Soaker hoses are different from sprinklers in that they distribute water slowly over an area, rather than in one concentrated burst. They aren’t as efficient as sprinklers and don’t cover as much ground, but they’re more efficient than hand watering or drip irrigation. If you have a large garden or yard that needs watering regularly, soaker hoses can be useful tools for keeping everything healthy and green throughout the growing season.
But just because they’re so simple doesn’t mean they require little maintenance! Here are three tips for keeping your soaker hose up and running:
- Keep the nozzle clean: If there’s dirt or debris clogging up your soaker hose nozzle it won’t function properly, which means no more watering! Make sure to unscrew the end cap every few days when using your soaker hose (or after each use) and check inside the nozzle for anything blocking its path; then wipe out any detritus with a rag dipped in vinegar or rubbing alcohol before reattaching it securely onto your spigot once again.*
- Clean up after yourself: While it might seem like common sense not to leave food lying around outside where animals can get into them (especially if you live anywhere near bears), there’s actually another kind of animal who might be attracted by leftovers—ants! Ants love sugary foods like cookies crumbs or potato chips bags sitting out overnight on picnic tables at picnics/football games
We hope we’ve shown you that soaker hoses are easy to take care of, if you just keep them in mind as your garden grows. If you follow our tips, then your soaker hose will last for years and make caring for your garden a breeze.