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
POINTS TO OPTIMIZE USE OF CRYSTALS:
* 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.
TREES and SHRUBS
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.
VEGETABLES and FLOWER BEDS
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.
POTTED PLANTS WITH GARDEN GEL
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.
BARE ROOT COATING WITH GARDEN
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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