Wetting agents are like a detergent or surfactant that attracts water to the soils surface, helping it soak in. They can be a fantastic product to increase the water effectiveness on your lawn in Melbourne.
What is Hydrophobic Soil and how do I tell?
Hydrophobic soils are basically soils that repel water which can lead to serious problems in your gardens and lawns. These soils repel water and cause water run off at the surface, or the water simply pools and doesn’t absorb. It is a common problem more specifically in sandy or older soils. It can affect soils which haven’t been watered regularly or maintained with good nutrients.
The best way to tell if you have hydrophobic soil is to check if your soil is repelling water. You can do this by pouring water onto a few areas, if it doesn’t soak up quickly, then the soil may have developed hydrophobia.
What has made my soil hydrophobic?
Hydrophobic soil is caused by the decomposition of organic matter, this leaves a waxy coating on the soil particles.
When soil becomes dehydrated after long period of dryness this can expose the hydrophobic surface and stop the water penetrating.
How to do I fix Hydrophobic Soil in my Garden and Lawn?
Wetting agents are not only a fantastic product to use regularly on your garden and lawn but will also help solve hydrophobic soils.
Wetting agents act like a detergent that reduces the surface tension of the water helping it to soak into your soil. Wetting agents come in both granular and liquid forms.
A granular wetting agent is best used for garden beds and pre-lawn installation where they can be mixed it into the soil.
A liquid wetting agent can also be used on garden beds and are best for existing lawns. Simply attach it to your hose and water the product in.
We recommend the Lawn Solutions Lawn Rescue, which not only contains a liquid wetting agent but also the bonus of a liquid fertiliser. Apply Lawn Rescue at the beginning of December yearly in Melbourne, when you apply your Summer slow release fertiliser application. It is a fantastic way to set your lawn up for the hot temperatures ahead in Summer, and helps to ensure that the water you apply to your lawn is used effectively by the soil.
If you have any questions about hydrophobic soil, wetting agents or any other lawn questions please contact our friendly staff on (03) 9730 1128 or email email@example.com