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All About Snip-n-Drip Watering Systems

Easy, customizable, irrigation system
helps plants thrive and saves water

Snip-n-Drip Soaker System
How the Snip-n-Drip Soaker System works

WITH our Snip-n-Drip soaker systems, you can water your entire landscape, from landscape plantings, raised beds and garden rows to containers on the porch. Our customizable systems let you apply water just where you want it — and not where you don't. Start with the kits that best suit your needs (described below) and then customize it by cutting the soaker and garden hoses to length.

Here's a rundown of the components you'll find in our Snip-n-Drip systems and how they're used. You can also purchase these components separately to further customize a kit or create your own Snip-n-Drip system from scratch.

Our Soaker Hose provides plants with the slow, deep watering they crave. The weeping action delivers water right to the roots, with minimal loss due to evaporation and runoff. Our soaker hose can be cut with scissors to fit the shape of any bed or row.

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Use Garden Hose to carry water from one area to another. Use it between sections of soaker hose to cross a path, or to bridge the area between two raised beds or two shrubs. Use it to connect your soaker system to your faucet, too. Cut it to length with scissors.

Use Hose Couplers to connect sections of Garden Hose to sections of Soaker Hose.

Some kits include 3-Way Connectors and Angle Connectors to direct water flow.

We recommend anchoring the soaker hose in place with Earth Staples (sold separately). We also recommend adding a Pressure Regulator (sold separately) at the start of your watering system to provide the consistent, low water pressure needed for optimal soaker hose performance.

How to Find the Best Spacing for Your Soaker Hose

The amount of coverage you get from a line of soaker hose varies, depending on your soil. To figure out the best spacing for your garden, run the soak for a bit to see how the water moves in your soil. In fast-draining soil, such as sandy soil, and you won't see much lateral spread of moisture. In rich, loamy soil, there will be more lateral spread.

If you find that you need to add more soaker hose after you've already set up your system, it's easy to splice in more, using Hose Couplers and more Soaker Hose.

Adding a Timer

Although it might seem like a luxury item, a timer will turn your system from good to great. Choose a programmable timer that allows for several shorter cycles per day. With soaker hose, it often helps to use a technique called "pulse watering," especially if you have heavy soil that doesn't drain well. Instead of running the soaker for one long cycle, you break it into four shorter soak cycles, following each soak by a pause. This allows water to soak into the soil and prevents waste. For instance, you set the timer to soak for 20 minutes, followed by a 20-minute pause. You repeat the process three more times. Adjust the length of soak and pause as needed, depending on your soil and rainfall.

Our Kits Make it Easy to Water

Snip-n-Drip Soaker System

The Original: for Multiple Beds

Snip-n-Drip Soaker System: Our original Snip-n-Drip is ideal for watering several garden beds or your foundation plantings. It includes 50' of 1/2" soaker hose, 25' of 1/2" garden hose, one faucet adapter, one quick-connect coupler, eight hose couplers and one end cap.

Landscape Watering: Create up to 10 Zones

Landscape Snip-n-Drip Soaker System: This innovative watering system for your trees, shrubs, hedges, berry bushes and perennial gardens includes 100' of 1/2" soaker hose, 50' of 1/2" garden hose and enough fittings to create 10 irrigation zones.

Water Raised Beds and Elevated Gardens

Raised Bed Snip-n-Drip Soaker System: Create a convenient, efficient and streamlined watering system. Customizable to fit any raised bed, including our Cedar Raised Bed, Elevated Cedar Raised Bed and VegTrug™ Patio Garden. Includes 25' of 1/2" soaker hose, 4' of 1/2" garden hose, two angle couplers and additional fittings.

Water Four 25-foot Garden Rows

Garden Row Snip-n-Drip Soaker System: Now it's easy to keep vegetable plants watered for a bigger harvest — without dragging hoses back and forth! This kit includes everything you need to set up four 25' rows — 100' of 1/2" soaker hose, 25' of 1/2" garden hose plus all couplers and fittings. Installs in minutes. Simply turn on the water any time your plants need a drink.

All-in-One System has Weed-Blocking Fabric and a Timer

Deluxe Snip-n-Drip Soaker System: This easy-to-install kit transforms a garden bed into a carefree oasis! Start by installing our original Snip-n-Drip Soaker System. Next, add the black plastic Easy-Plant Weed Block Mulch to control weeds and conserve moisture. Finally, attach the Water Timer and Flow Meter to create and automatic watering system.

Water Pots, Planters and Window Boxes With Micro Soaker Hose

Snip-n-Drip Pot and Planter Soaker System: Quickly and easily create a customized irrigation system for your pots and planters. No special installation tools required — just use scissors to cut the soaker hose to fit your containers, and then cut the black tubing and garden hose to fit between the containers where you don't need water. The system includes 15 feet of micro soaker hose, 15 feet of black PVC tubing, 25 feet of green PVC garden hose and all the fittings to outfit up to five containers.

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