Australians live on the driest continent on earth so we need to prepare our
gardens to be sustainable and drought tolerant.
Plants are generally adjusting to less and less water by growing deeper roots,
however every plant has it’s limit especially in pots, so anything you can do to
make watering more efficient over a longer period of time is great. There are a
couple of things you can do to help your soil retain the moisture to help your
Soil wetters, like Yates Waterwise Soil Wetters, improve the penetration of
water into the soil so it reaches the roots rather than running straight off the
soils surface. Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals, swell with water and
provide this to the root zone of the plant. These can be used in a variety of
situations in your garden. Water storage Crystals are made from a biodegradable
acrylic polymer and break down into natural components leaving nothing nasty in
the soil. They can hold around five hundred times their weight in water.
Potted plants only have a limited about of soil to draw their water from so
adding Waterwise water storage crystals to the potting mix when you are planting
them up will help the soil stay moist for longer.
If you have established garden beds and you want to add some water storage
crystals, it’s not too late. You just need a pitchfork or a broom handle to make
holes in the soil then pour in the water crystals, backfill and give them a good
water. The crystals will keep the deeper more established roots moist for
When it comes to laying new turf the number one issue is to keep water up to the
roots. The crystals will help hold the water around the roots and evaporation
won’t be a problem because the crystals are laid under the turf. This really
will give your new turf a great head start.
When you’re sowing grass, keeping water around the seeds in the first couple of
weeks is crucial. The seeds won’t germinate unless they are moist, crystals are
very water efficient which means they help the plants make the absolute most of
any water they get. They’ll pull the moisture out of the soil and draw water
away from the roots. Remember that the water crystals need to be in the root
A great idea for any leftover crystals or for just a bit of fun is to add some
food colouring to the crystals before adding any water. They look great in a
vase instead of water and you can colour co-ordinate the crystals with your
They work to help arrange flowers and hold them into position rather than
falling to the sides of the vase.
For more information log onto the Yates website or pop into your nearest nursery
or hardware store.