Our gardens are beautiful and can be an excellent way to put our eco friendly green thumbs to work. But plants need water, and lots of it. If it doesn’t rain regularly, that usually means using the hose or sprinklers. Unfortunately this is very wasteful of water–it runs off where it isn’t needed, it evaporates, it’s easy to over-water, and so on.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to store water when it isn’t needed, and then release it automatically when you do? Well there is.
I’m talking about Terra-Sorb water crystals. These are absorbent crystals designed to absorb up to 200 times their weight in water. When buried under and around plants, they absorb water when it rains and is not otherwise needed, and then slowly release the water as plants need it. Not only does this cut the need to water your plants, but it also reduces the loss of nutrients and fertilizers through run-off.
The water crystals are small, are made out of non-toxic potassium-based polymers, and last up to five years. They eventually break down into fertilizer that keep your plants going strong. They’re small and can be mixed either into garden soil or into your containers.
Water saving crystals are widely used, especially by cities in order to preserve landscaping in drought-prone or heat-stressed situations like city parks and traffic medians. Plant survival rates are very impressive even in environments like the very arid, dry Australian countryside.
The best way to use water crystals is by planting them under the plant when you first put it in your garden. If you want to add them to existing plants, cover the crystals with soil around the plant rather than digging up the whole plant. Direct exposure to sunlight may reduce their effectiveness, so try to avoid that.
If you’re concerned about conservation then check out Terra-Sorb–these water saving crystals are easy to use, long-lasting, biodegradable, and highly effective. What more could you ask for in your eco friendly garden?