How To Bury a Garden Hose for Easy Watering Transport
Getting water to everywhere it’s needed in your yard can be a challenge at times, especially if you only have one or two faucets to work with. I have two, but I have over an acre of land and need to water gardens, yards, and fill livestock tanks all located in different areas around the property.
This is a pain. Short of dragging around a heavy hose to all my areas needs day after day, I buried some different hoses for different purposes in order to be more effective and get what I needed done.
The question here is not only how you can bury a hose, but can you bury a garden hose underground? The answer is, it depends. Mostly what you need to consider is where you live and the different factors located on your property that could become problematic.
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In short, the answer is yes, you can bury a garden hose for your water transportation needs. Perhaps you want to get water to a hard to reach area and are tired of dragging a hose around. Maybe you need to get an area surrounding your hose watered on a south facing wall. Or maybe you just hate looking at your hose laid out.
No matter your reason, you can most certainly bury a garden hose, but there are a few factors to consider if you expect success. Temperature fluctuations, your ground type, and the types of burrowing and digging animals you have in your area could impede the purpose of having a buried hose i the first place.
A buried garden hose won’t freeze as easily as a hose laid above ground, but if your ground freezes to any significant depth, then your hose will freeze as well. Most sturdy hoses can handle freezing temperatures rather well, although the more they freeze with water still in them, the quicker they will break down over time.
Also, once hoses freeze underground, if you haven’t blown them out for winter preparation (like you would with a sprinkler system), they are going to be unusable until the ground is COMPLETELY thawed come spring. Therefor it’s pretty safe to say that buried hoses are most likely a seasonal use than anything depending on where you live.
Your ground conditions will also play an important part of your decision to bury a hose. Rocky, compacted, or caliche soils will be a difficult dig for even the most motivated. Although there are ways to break up problematic soils with pickaxes and other specialized tools designed for the job, when you consider that you need to dig a length of the hose you want to bury, this could be a daunting task.
This may or may not be an issue depending on where you live, but rodents are drawn to water, and the digging, burrowing varieties may also decide to gnaw through your hose at some point. If you know you have gnawing, digging critters, you might want to reconsider.
What Type of Garden Hose to Bury
You obviously aren’t going to bury your most costly expandable hose, but you also don’t want to run out and bury the cheapest hose you can buy either. The main reason being neither will be of much use buried underground for any amount of time. Depending on the reasoning behind why you are considering burying a hose will determine the type of hose you need for this project.
An old fashioned rubber or vinyl hose is going to be your preferred choice of product for getting water from one place to the next. They are sturdy, can handle weather fluctuations easily, won’t crush beneath the weight of the soils above them, and won’t kink accidentally as you lay, and bury it.
You’ll also want to buy a larger diameter (at least ¾ inch) hose to get the most amount of water flow as you can when in use.
If you are looking to water the areas the hose runs though, then you will want to bury a soaker, or drip hose variety. You can even make one of these yourself with a cheap, or old leaky hose with just a few tools you have around the house. I actually have run two of these through my garden and vegetable beds, and they worked amazingingly all summer through the heat of the desert Southwest.
The awesome thing about using a garden hose over another product for burial, is that a hose can curve around the objects that may impede a straight line from your water source to your parched garden bed (or wherever you need water). Therefore, you can bury a hose basically wherever you need one.
There are even ways to tunnel under a driveway or sidewalk using PVC pipe and water pressure.
Whether you have a rubber hose, or soaker type hose, burying them follow the same techniques: dig a trench 4 to 6 inches deep and about 2 inches wide, shove your hose in, and bury it.
It really doesn’t come any simpler than that. You can, or course bury it deeper if you seriously want to, but this depth should suffice for any purpose you have to use it for. Consider keeping soaker hoses no deeper than 4 inches so it can water the roots of new, shallow rooted plants, and allow the moisture to soak down to the deeper rooted plants.
Watch below for an idea of how simple this project really is:
What Are You Waiting For?
If you have been considering this project, then consider no further. If the above information has been considered, and you have decided that hose burial is the right thing for you, waste no time getting started (unless your ground is frozen solid).
I have both run hoses underground for simple water transportation, as well as for soaking purposes, and have not once regretted my decisions. Despite living where the ground rarely freezes more than about the top quarter inch, I still do not use mine once temperatures begin to freeze and turn the water off to those sources as I would hate to have any residual water push back into the faucet and freeze in a cold snap.
I hope you found this to be a useful article! If you have any ideas you’d like to share, or questions about the process, please comment below!