What is DRiWATER and how does it work?
DRiWATER consists of 98% water and 2% food grade ingredients. DRiWATER is 100% natural and harmless to people and animals. It is not a polyacrylamide polymer! DRiWATER begins to liquefy when it comes in direct contact with soil. The enzymes naturally found in soil gradually break down the food grade ingredients and convert DRiWATER back into liquid water. The capillary activity in the soil then carries and maintains the moisture throughout the root zone for up to 90 days.
Is it possible to over-water using DRiWATER?
When applied per manufacturers recommended usage, DRiWATER will not over-water plants. Each 90 -Day Quart carton or Tube and Gel Pac will deliver one ounce of water every three days. When used to establish native plants outdoors, DRiWATER is designed to deliver only enough moisture to keep the plant under an adequate amount of stress, which causes the plant to seek its own moisture source to sustain itself. When used as supplemental irrigation to aid in ornamental plant establishment in an existing irrigated area, DRiWATER is designed to deliver enough water to keep the root mass moist between normal irrigation cycles. If it rains, the enzymes activity is reduced and DRiWATER almost stops providing moisture.
Does DRiWATER freeze?
DRiWATER freezes when temperatures fall below 25 degrees Fahrenheit and will not be affected when it thaws out. Bacteria in the soil become dormant at approximately 38 degrees and, at this point, DRiWATER stops liquefying. When temperatures rise, the bacteria become active and the DRiWATER begins to liquefy again.
When temperatures increase will DRiWATER liquefy at a faster rate?
A little. DRiWATER is activated by microbial activity in the soil; it is not heat-activated like a common polymer. In high temperatures, the bacteria in the soil continue to break DRiWATER down at a consistent and steady release rate. If the plant requires more moisture, additional DRiWATER or supplemental irrigation should be used.
How can one Quart of DRiWATER give a plant enough moisture when the evapo- transpiration (ET) rate of the plant is greater than the liquefaction rate of DRiWATER?
In the first year of establishing an indigenous tree or shrub, developing a root system to sustain the plant is the main goal. If a newly planted tree or shrub is given scheduled watering during its first year, it may encourage the plant to push growth (creating greater ET rates) that it is not yet able to support by the plants root mass. When a plant is grown in the ground from seed, the root develops in proportion to support plant growth. When plant materials are grown in containers and transplanted into the ground, it is important to encourage the roots to grow out and develop so they can draw enough moisture and nutrients from the soil to be self-supportive. During the plants’ early establishment period, most of the moisture the plant is given will remain below the ground within the root mass and ET rates are lower than normal at this time. Larger plants will require additional units and high temperatures may require supplemental watering.
Are there nutrients added to DriWater®?
Not the original DRiWATER, it is pure potable water. Our new product, DRiWATER Plus, does contain Zinc and Acetic acid to reduce transplant shock and enhance root development. Tests have shown an increase of 190% in root growth in 30 days.
Can I fertilize while using DRiWATER?
Yes, however, during the first year, when establishing indigenous plant materials, fertilizing with a high nitrogen-based fertilizer is generally not recommended. When DRiWATER comes in direct contact with fertilizers, it will cause it to liquefy at a faster rate. For this reason, when using fertilizers, it is important to check the DRiWATER after 45 days.
Does DRiWATER change the Ph of the soil?
No, DRiWATER has a Ph of 5.25 – 5.5 and there is insufficient material to affect the Ph of the soil.
How do roots develop when DRiWATER is applied?
DRiWATER creates a moisture pocket around the root mass and extends up to 15” under the plant. The plant does not recognize DRiWATER as the water source as the roots will grow down deep into the soil.
|…is water that disperses at a consistent rate for an extended period of time.||…need water to perform. Polymers extend the watering cycle by a few days but once dry, are useless unless you water again.|
|…is predictable, disperses moisture over a predetermined period of time. Not affected by climatic conditions.||…are unpredictable. Wind, high temperature or other factors can accelerate the release of moisture.|
|…is natural, only food grade ingredients, safe around children and pets, and environmentally friendly.||…some are petroleum based and therefore have some degree of toxicity.|
|…is ideal for regular watering or for establishment. Roots do not grow into the DRiWATER||…may actually compete with the plant for moisture if allowed to dry out. Roots may also grow into the saturated polymer.|
|…stays where you place it, either on the surface or under the soil.||…work their way toward the soil surface with each watering, eventually eliminating any positive benefit.|
|…won’t over water, stops dispersing moisture when the soil becomes very wet. Won’t contribute to root problems.||…holds water at the roots during extended wet weather which can cause root problems.|