by Connie Oswald Stofko
I received this question from a reader:
Is there some trick to using soaking hoses?
The round black ones that are slightly smaller around than a regular hose are the ones I bought and they are made by Swan so that’s usually a good brand. I have a 100-foot perennial bed that I have been nagged about literally for years to put in hoses so I don’t have to spend so much time watering. I bought the hoses last year but then everything got too big before I got them in.
This year I fought 125 feet of hose in amongst the plants and followed the directions for connecting them. I have two hoses and removed the restrictor washer from the second hose, but when I connect them to the hose from the house, it floods out the end where it is connected which is the shadier end, and on the hot end it just trickles out and doesn’t do any good.
I really thought this was going to be a time saver, but now I’m just thoroughly frustrated! Any advice? I even tried taking out the restrictor washer thinking that might get the water down to the hot end faster, but it just did basically the same thing. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I haven’t used soaker hoses, but I’m sure some of my readers have used them. If you have some advice, please leave a comment below, and if you want to know the answer to this question, check back later to read the comments.
Is the end of the hose that’s closer to the faucet going to distribute more water than the far end of the hose? Is there anything that can be done to even out the amount of water that is delivered?
Have you had a similar experience?
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