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 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. The capillary activity in the soil then carries and maintains the moisture throughout the root zone for an extended period of time.
Is it possible to over-water using DRiWATER®?
No. When applied per manufacturers recommended usage, DRiWATER® will not over-water plant materials. Used under normal circumstances, following the manufacturer’s recommendation, 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 utilized in an existing irrigated area for new plants or replants, DriWater is used as a supplemental irrigation to aid in the establishment of the tree or shrub.
What happens when it rains?
During light rains, DRiWATER® continues to work normally. In heavy rains, the enzymes in the soil migrate away from the DRiWATER® to avoid being too wet. Without enzymes present, liquefaction stops and the natural rainwater feeds the plant. When the soil begins to dry out, the enzymes migrate back toward the DRiWATER® and begin liquefying again.
Does DRiWATER® freeze?
DRiWATER® freezes when temperatures fall below 25 degrees Fahrenheit and will not be affected when it thaws out. Enzymes in the soil become dormant at approximately 38 degrees and, at this point, DRiWATER® stops liquefying. When temperatures rise, the enzymes become active and the DRiWATER® begins to liquefy again.
When temperatures increase will DRiWATER® liquefy at a faster rate?
Yes. Warmer temperatures (above 90°-degree F) increase microbial activity in soils and break down DriWater a little more quickly giving your plant the extra moisture it needs. However, it will be necessary to check your DriWater containers to make sure that you reapply when necessary. Note: Containerized plants water needs are much greater than plants in the ground and will tend to dry out (especially color). Make sure you use DriWater as a supplemental watering system under these circumstances.
Is it safe to eat DRiWATER®?
Yes, although DriWater is only recommended for use with plants. DriWater is 100% natural and safe to all living organisms.
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 the 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 plant’s 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. Follow the usage guidelines, always taking into consideration the species of plant material, soil conditions and how large the canopy or upper body is on the plant.
After DRiWATER® has finished liquefying what should be done with the Quart or the Tube?
The Quart Carton can be pulled out of the ground and recycled or left in the ground to degrade. It will take approximately 6 months to a year to degrade. It will degrade more quickly in a moist climate and take longer in arid regions. After removing, simply brush surrounding dirt into the hole. If you are using a Tube, remove and reuse it again on another site or recycle it.
Are there nutrients added to DRiWATER®?
Yes. DriWater Plus contains Zinc (hyperlink to zinc and glacial acetic acid discussion) and Glacial Acetic Acid to reduce transplant shock and encourage plant establishment. DW plus is used when the plant goes in the ground as the initial application of DriWater. DriWater Thrive is used for subsequent applications for the continued overall plant health. DriWater, original formula is make with only potable water and is still available.
Can I fertilize while using DRiWATER®?
When DriWater comes in direct contact with fertilizers it will liquefy more quickly. For this reason when using fertilizers it is important to check DriWater between 30 and 45 days depending on the application.
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.
Do the roots of the plants develop and grow unevenly around the area liquefied by the DRiWATER®?
No. Most plants require 2+ containers of DriWater per plant supplying equal moisture distribution around the root mass. When a plant is properly watered at the time planting there is sufficient moisture surrounding the plant with a good moisture column under the root mass. As DriWater liquefies moisture is drawn out throughout that moisture zone maintaining equal moisture around the plant.
Do the roots grow up into the DRiWATER® container?
No. A plant does not recognize the DriWater as a water source when in the gel state.
When a plant needs more moisture, does DRiWATER® liquefy at a faster rate?
No. The liquefaction process of DriWater is determined by a combination of the amount of DriWater exposed to soil, temperatures, and precipitation. If a plant needs more moisture apply additional DriWater or give additional water. See application guidelines for appropriate DriWater application rates.
Can the Tubes be re-used?
Yes. The Tube and Caps can be recycled or re-used. Many commercial clients establish plant materials on one site, and then remove the Tube and Caps to be used on another project.
DRiWATER is Not A Polymer!
DRiWATER is Water!
|…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.|
|…does not need pipes, pumps or emitters.||…needs pipes, pumps, and emitters.|
|…does not require a permanent water source.||…needs a permanent water source.|
|…maintains 24 hour a day moisture in the root zone.||…is unable to perform continuously, causing plants to go through a wet/dry cycles.|
|…requires no maintenance.||…parts need service and repair or replacement.|
|…eliminates evaporation, runoff and leaching, no water waste.||…methods are subject to evaporation, runoff and leaching.|
|…is ideal for remote or rugged terrain.||…locations are often inaccessible or problematic.|
|…allows exact watering, plant by plant.||…creates inconsistent watering. Each plant receives the same quantity of water regardless of species.|