Setting Up a Soaker Hose Irrigation System
If you wish to water a Hedge, Tree Line, Border or Vegetable Patch a Soaker Hose Irrigation System is the best for your requirements.
Below is a scenario to demonstrate how a Soaker Hose system is set up, taking the water from a standard outside tap, right through to releasing the water along the length of a Hedge/Tree line.
First of all, you need to measure the length of pipe to take the water from the tap to the beginning of the area that you want to water. Usually the pipe that you would use to carry the water is main supply pipe. This is quite simply black plastic that is 13mm in diameter. You would normally use this if you are setting up a permanent system, as this can be buried underground and under garden paths or easily tacked to a walls and fences using nail in wall clips. You can use normal hose pipe to act as your carrier of water. This would normally be used with temporary systems.
Once you have measured how much supply pipe you require, then you need to measure how much Soaker Hose you will require. Measure the length of the area that you have to water. This will give you an indication of the minimum amount that you need to purchase to enable you to cover the entire area. Most people will buy extra to take into consideration that they don't just run the pipe in a straight line, but weave the Soaker Hose past the plants that they have to water.
Now that you have determined how much Soaker Hose you require and how much supply pipe you require, you now need to determine the fittings you require to aid you to negotiate the obstacles from the tap to the area you wish to water.
Straight Connectors - To join the main supply pipe to the Soaker Hose, you use a 13mm straight connector. These are also useful in case you cut the hose in the wrong place and need to reattach the hose or to extend the hose.
Elbows - Soaker Hose and main supply pipe is reasonably flexible, but if you try to make it do a 90 degree bend, then you will kink the pipe and scupper the water flow. Use an elbow to do a turn around a corner or to take the pipe from vertical to horizontal.
Stop ends - These are used to cap the end of the Soaker Hose to prevent water gushing out and to maintain water pressure within the system.
Tee Connectors - If you require to branch the pipe into different directions, then you need to use a tee connector. You would generally want to branch the pipe into different directions if you have multiple areas that need watering. Don't forget that you need to cap off every loose end with a stop end.
Tap Adapter - You will need to connect your supply pipe to the tap (or timer). If you are using main supply pipe then you will want to use a Main Supply Hose Tap Adapter. If you are using a standard hose pipe, then a Hozelock hose end conenctor and a Hozelock tap adapter should be used. This will provide a quick release connection.
Wall clips - If you intend to use the main supply pipe, using wall clips are a good idea to fix the pipe work to the wall. This helps keep it neat and tidy.
Wrap over support stakes - The Leaky hose is coiled up in a roll, to hold the Soaker Hose in place during installation these are a good idea as the pipe can be a bit difficult to work with without these.
Having chosen which connectors you require to guide the supply pipe to the area you want watering and the Soaker Hose through the area, you now need to think about a Watering Timer. Any tap timer would be compatible with a Soaker Hose system, its just a case of choosing which timer you require to suit the watering times you wish to have. We have a comparison guide to help you choose the right timer for you.