How To Install A Soaker Hose In Your Garden

Posted by: on July 2nd, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Watering your plants and vegetables with a soaker hose is better for your garden, your wallet and the environment. Unlike sprinklers that may waste water on overspray, runoff and evaporation, soaker hoses emit water exactly where thirsty plants need it most – at their roots. It’s far more efficient than watering with an ordinary garden hose.

You can use a soaker hose in tandem with an inexpensive hose timer affixed to your faucet. And aided by the cover of 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help retain moisture, a soaker hose will ensure your garden receives a proper watering at regular intervals without you having to worry about it.

Here’s a short video put together by Chris from The Home Depot Community Forums that will show you how easy it is to install a soaker hose watering system in your garden. He covers everything from the maximum length for an effective soaker hose (50 to 100 feet) to using the proper spacing to ensure all the plants in your garden receive adequate watering.


If you have any more questions after watching the video, you can get help for this and all your gardening projects from the friendly, knowledgeable associates and members of the Community Forums. And check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


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  1. Anna Eng says:

    I don’t have mulch in my landscape. I use rocks. Can I use this soaker hose under rocks? Will it still work? Thanks.

  2. Michelle says:

    Where can I find those metal staple looking pins to keep the hose in place?

    • Craig Allen says:


      Those staple things have a few names– “garden staples”, “gardening sod and fabric staples”, sometimes “landscaping staples”. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding them at the Garden Center at your local Home Depot Store. We also have garden staples online at

      -Craig, from The Home Depot