I feel like I have so many things that went on over the summer that I never got around to telling you! I ditched the lattice around my deck for something a little more “me,” I got a new roof (because that’s what one does when it rains and you see paint bubbling on your wall) and I had two massive shrubs replaced in my front hedge. Why would I do that you ask? Well, when you have your roof replaced on one of the hottest days of the year, the tarps they put up to “protect” your plants actually ends up killing them. Word to the wise. #TheMoreYouKnow
I feel like I’m about to tell the story of “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” but here I go anyway. If you have your roof replaced on a super hot day, your shrubs may die. If your shrubs die you will need to replace them. If you replace them you need to water them. If you water them during the summer while your area is down 10″ of rain, you need to use your water wisely and that means buying a soaker hose.Fall is a great time to plant shrubs because they have plenty of time to establish themselves before the cold comes. So if you are in an area that has rough winters, now is the time to get some landscaping done. The soaker hose can help keep your watering efforts concentrated on the roots of the plants so you aren’t wasting water.
Like I said, I needed to replant in the summer which was not ideal. The shrubs seem to have survived it so far, but they would have been much happier if they had some time to get used to their new surroundings while the sun was a little less harsh.
Here is what you will get in your soaker hose irrigation kit.
Be sure to measure the area prior to buying your kit as they are sold in different lengths. I chose 100′ for my flower bed.
Since the soaker hose comes all rolled up, you will need to stretch it out and let it warm in the sun. This will help it become a bit easier to work with.
Take a moment to think about placement. I was trying to water the shrubs that are in a straight line across the front of my house. My hose spigot is just to the left of my front stairs so I needed to cut the soaker hose to have the garden hose attachment near the spigot and be able to extend the soaker hose in two directions.
This is the attachment that the garden hose screws into. You can easily plug one side of it isn’t needed. Plugs are included in the kit.You can use as many attachments as you need to get the desired set up.
At each end of the line, you will attach these fittings that cap the water.
Place the intake near your hose spigot or within reach of your garden hose and use your U pegs to secure in place.
Run your line along the base of the plants you want watered. My landscaper told me not to put it too close to the trunk of the shrubs, but only a few inches away.
Before securing the entire line, turn it on and make sure everything appears to be getting watered the way you want.
The benefit of the soaker hose is that it disperses water slowly so it has time to absorb instead of being wasted by evaporation and it is directed right to the roots.
Know your plants. Some plants prefer to be watered from above, but some hate it. Do a little research to know which is best for your landscaping.