A professional gardener first tipped me off about the benefits of wetting agents. I was talking to her about the problems of hanging baskets being difficult to re-water once they had got a bit dry and she said that the simple solution was to use a wetting agent. I tried one, and the effect is remarkable. It seems to make water wetter and much more easily absorbed by dry soil and compost. The effect lasts for around 30 days, you still water and feed your plants in this period, but the water (and nutrients) are more readily absorbed. More water is retained, and you use less water.
So you use less water, don’t have to water as often and your plants grow better. No wonder the professionals love wetting agents so much, and they use them on sloping sites, lawns, as well as pots and baskets. Anywhere they want to make summer watering easier.
- Easier watering. Especially in summer pots and baskets, but also on lawns, dry soils and sloping ground.
- Works in seconds. You can see the soil and compost absorbs water like a sponge. And the remarkable effects last for around 30 days.
- Re-apply every month. The benefit lasts for about one month, so, for maximum effectiveness, re-apply once a month through the summer.
- Saves water. In an independent trial, the wetting agent was shown to help soil and compost retain up to 80% more water.
A 500ml bottle, diluted at 5ml per 6.8 litres of water, makes up to 680 litres. So, applied once a month for 5 months during the summer, this bottle should last the average gardener TWO YEARS.