Rain Barrel Soaker Hose is a great way to provide natural rain water to your garden "one drop at a time". Rainwater is natural, useful, it’s soft and free of dissolved minerals. In other words, it’s great for use on your plants and flowers in your garden, your trees and shrubs as well. And above all……it’s FREE! Using rain water will also reduce your water bill. If you have “city water,” you pay your municipality for supplying the water based on your usage level. If you have “well water,” you pay for the electricity to run your water pump.
Using Rain Barrel Soaker Hose, the quality of rainwater is unsurpassed when it comes to watering plants landscapes. Captured rainwater is free of the salts and pollutants associated with ground and surface water. In urban areas, the natural acidity of rainwater is good for soils that have become alkaline from cement-leached lime. The natural temperature of rain water doesn't shock plants, the way cold tap water can. Best of all, rainwater contains no chlorine, a chemical added to drinking water that inhibits plant growth.
The most common way to capture rainwater is to use a barrel or a bucket. Today's rain barrels are more advanced and so much more than a simple barrel that collects rainwater. Some rain barrels have a screen on the top to keep leaves and other debris out of the water. Others have a tap on the barrel, which you can use to fill up your watering can or attach your rain barrel soaker hose to.
I have rain water in a barrel, now what? Rain Barrel Soaker Hose is specially formulated to work with any rain barrel or other gravity fed system. It is a low flow, high output soaker hose that allows maximum output for flower and other garden areas. Rain barrel soaker hose uses .580 compression fittings. By using the simple black/yellow fittings you can create your own custom soaker hose system for your garden area. Imagine using 100' of soaker hose in your garden with the best water there is, Mother Nature's!
Other soaker hoses require at least 10-25 pounds of pressure to operate. Rain Barrel Soaker Hose will work with a rain barrel sitting flat on the ground. Best results are achieved by elevating your barrel, simply by putting it on a few cement blocks. Always make sure your barrel sits higher than the areas you plan to water. If your gardening area is sitting uphill from your water source, then Rain Barrel Soaker Hose will NOT work. For best results, the hose should be covered with mulch to keep the hose cool as extreme heat has a direct effect on the output of the hose.
What people are saying (4/24/13):
I ordered a rain
barrel drip hose kit with a little reluctance. It was easy to assemble and
is working like a charm. It was hard for me to believe that the hose would
work with no pressure, just gravity feed. I wish I could have purchased
this setup years ago!
Article by Cheryl Long, Editor-in-Chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS
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