Soaker Hose Irrigation Systems
Soaker Hose (also known as Leaky Hose) is the most efficient way to water your flower beds and borders, vegetable patches and poly tunnels. It releases water along its entire length slowly and gently and gives the user the ability to sit back on a hot summers day and have a glass of wine/beer, rather than spending hours toiling with a garden hose watering all the plants individually. Here at LeakyHose.co.uk our aim is to offer everything required to set up a Soaker Hose system, along with specialist advice and a fast and friendly service.
The basic idea of setting up a Soaker Hose irrigation system like this is to have a water timer attached to your outside tap which will control the times of day the system is turned on and then the length of time it comes on for. This could be any of our timers from our "Water Timers" range including the Hozelock timers and the Claber timers.
Next would be to run either a Garden Hose pipe or a 13mm Main Supply pipe from the water timer to the start of you flower bed. This will act as the main supply that feeds your Soaker Hose irrigation system. You will then join into the Soaker Hose, run this through the areas you would like irrigated, ensuring that it runs relatively close to the plants of your choice. Once you have reached the end of the area that you wish to irrigate, cut the pipe and plug in a stop end to cap it off (stops water gushing out of the end).
We also have a product called Drip Line, which works in exactly the same way as the Soaker Hose, but does it in a more regulated fashon. Drip Line; instead of being porous along its entire length, it is plastic pipe with drippers built into it at 33cm intervals. The Drippers are pressure compensating and regulated to release only 2.3 litres per hour, meaning that you can run much greater distances from a standard outside tap than Soaker Hose. Both Soaker Hose and Drip Line have their own benefits and drawbacks, so it might be worth while having a look at our advice page to determine which would be best for your requirements.