How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose

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How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
Liquid fertiliser promotes lush growth. (vegetable farmer image by Antonio Oquias from Fotolia.com)

Soaker hoses do more than slowly water your garden. Use a specially made gadget to fertilise plants at the same time you water. No more messy sprayers or granulated fertilisers. Liquid fertiliser mixes with water at a ratio of 1 part fertiliser to 16 parts water and distributes the product in about 3 to 5 minutes. Use this method for chemical fertilisers, or even organic liquid fertiliser like fish emulsion.

How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
Siphon mixers attach to outside faucets. (outdoor tap/faucet image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Attach the end of the siphon mixer to an outside faucet.

How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
Soaker hoses have small holes that slowly release water. (Outside Hose image by Janet Wall from Fotolia.com)

Attach the other end to the big end of the soaker hose.

How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
The fertiliser mixes with water to the right ratio. (water hose image by tomcat2170 from Fotolia.com)

Mix the liquid fertiliser in a container according to package directions (some siphon mixers come with a container).

Insert the rubber hose from the siphon mixer into the fertiliser. Turn on the water to begin fertilising.

Tip

Siphon mixers are sold under different names online and at garden stores. Run water through the soaker hose between fertilising treatments to prevent clogging.

Warning

Follow fertiliser directions carefully. Wear gloves and protective clothing. Over-fertilising causes plant damage and can pollute groundwater. (Reference 2)

Tips and warnings

  • Siphon mixers are sold under different names online and at garden stores.
  • Run water through the soaker hose between fertilising treatments to prevent clogging.
  • Follow fertiliser directions carefully. Wear gloves and protective clothing. Over-fertilising causes plant damage and can pollute groundwater. (Reference 2)
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