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A little WaterSmart Crystals goes a long way!

REMEMBER: All application rates will vary depending on type of soil, type of plants as well as the region that you live in.
*Clay Soils require less WaterSmart Crystals
*Sandy soils require more.
*Dry/arid regions require less WaterSmart Crystals.
*Wet/cool regions require less.

All rates are approximate, so get to know your WaterSmart Crystals and you will then be able to make use of them as the expert gardeners do.

* When applying your WaterSmart Crystals dry, do not use more than necessary - more isn't always better.
* WaterSmart Crystals need to be worked into the soil to provide equal distribution.
* WaterSmart Crystals left above ground will breakdown faster due to sunlight. Ensure crystals are buried for good long term use.


For 1 gal root size container- use 1/4 cup, 3 gal - use 1/2 cup, 5 gal - use 3/4 cup, 15 gal - use 1 1/2 cup. Dig a hole at least three times the size of the container and dig in your crystals, thoroughly mixing them with the soil that will surround the plant. After planting, dig a small divot around the tree to collect water. If the tree is on a slope leave an area on the top side open as a reservoir for the water to seep into the ground to be absorbed by the crystals. (1/4 cup = 2 oz. crystals)


For application before laying sod - use 2-5 pounds of crystals per 1,000 square feet tilled 1-4" deep. Application can be either by hand or by roto-tiller. Never use more than 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet as it may cause sponginess in the lawn. After the first rain, hydrated crystals may appear on the lawn and the sod may seem loose, however, the exposed crystals will dissolve and as the grass takes root the looseness will disappear.

Use 1-3 pounds of crystals per 100 square feet at 4-6" depth cultivation. Use less in areas of plants that like drier conditions and more in areas of moisture loving plants. After planting, a good coat of mulch will dress up the bed and cover any loose crystals. This gives the bed a finished look, protects the crystals from the sunlight as well as cuts down on weeds.

For a 4" pot use 1/6 tsp., 6" pot- 1 tsp., 8" pot-2 tsp., 10" pot-3 tsp. When potting, it is best to have most of the crystals nearer to the bottom of the pot as they will better absorb available water. If applying hydrated crystals, use 4 parts soil to 1 part hydrated crystals.

Use powder crystals from the bottom of your container (or crush your own!). Dry application: dip moist roots into dry crystals. This allows instant hydration when watered thus coating and protecting roots. Wet application: 2TBS per gallon of water making a thick slurry. Dip roots into gel to keep moist for planting, then add appropriate amount of larger crystals to soil for water retention. Powdered crystals are short lived (6 months-1 year) and used for bare rooting, seed coating and some potting soils where moisture retention is critical, usually in transplanting and germination.


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