As a home gardener you can be faced with a lot of choices when it comes to the best ways to keep your garden healthy and well-watered. If you’re thinking of installing an irrigation system you’ll find it useful to understand the difference between soaker hoses and drip irrigation.
What They Have in Common
There can be some confusion between soaker hoses and drip irrigation because they share key features and do a similar job. Both irrigation systems release water slowly and directly to the soil which is good for plant health, the environment, and your time and money.
A soaker hose has tiny perforations in it that allow water to seep slowly and evenly through the hose and directly into the soil. Soaker hoses are a simple system and extremely easy to set up.
The release of water to a soaker hose is unregulated which means that as the water travels through the pipe it is losing pressure and flow. While this can be a constraint for some gardens, the soaker hose is a great product for small areas and they are particularly useful for intensively planted garden beds.
A drip line incorporates drip emitters inserted along its entire length. These emitters allow precise calculation of flow requirements delivered to precise locations. This irrigation system uses less water and only waters the growing plants.
Drip irrigation is a more advanced garden watering system. That means it needs more fittings in order to make the necessary connections but provides even more efficient watering than a soaker hose and works well over large areas.