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Not all soaker hoses are created equal. Great Ideas' soaker hose is specially made to be used in no-to-low flow applications, specifically with rain barrels. Regular soaker hoses are designed to be used with external house faucets which force water out through the porous rubber membrane. Rain barrels must rely on gravity to supply pressure which it does rather poorly. This rain barrel soaker hose is formulated with unique rubber compounds. It is then fitted with sturdy injection molded plastic attachments to allow hook up to all standard 1 and 3/4 inch threaded spigots. As an added benefit, a 200 T-mesh filter is included which prevents debris from clogging the hose. Set up is as easy as connecting the 50 foot hose to your rain barrel's spigot and running it through your garden by the base of your plants. You can even cover it with a thin layer of mulch to conceal it. Once installed, the hose will time release water along its entire surface which minimizes water loss and constantly hydrates your plants. Make your rain barrel more effective and remove the need to constantly water ground based plants with this Rain Barrel Soaker Hose by Great Ideas.