Real World Gardener Make Your Soil Wet Again in Plant Doctor

December 31st, 2017


Watering The Garden and Hydrophobic Soils

Water is a scarce enough commodity in Australia, so gardeners would like to think that they are watering efficiently.


We all know the best times to water but what you may not know is that if you scratch the surface of your soil, you may find that the water hasn’t even penetrated.

There are many causes of soil that is water repellent or hydrophobic.

Why’s that you may ask?

Let’s find out. 'm talking with General Manager of


Water repellence can be due to the waxy substances that come from plant material being not properly decomposed. These in turn coat the soil particles. The smaller the soil particle, as in sandy soils,the great chance of the waxy substances clinging to them.


Through no fault of your own, the soil in your garden may be prone to being water repellent.

This means you may need to have routine distribution of a wetting agent, either wetting granules or the spray on kind.

The liquid form of wetting agent also comes in a hose on so it does seem an easy way to do a large area.



Wetting granules though are no more difficult to apply than spreading organic fertiliser around your garden.

When choosing a soil wetter one thing to note is that some are based on petroleum derivatives and alcohol, making them unsuited to organic gardens. 

Others contain only naturally occurring substances that readily biodegrade and cause no ill effects to the soil or plants. 

To help choose a suitable wetting agent check the ingredients. 

For organic gardeners, eco-Hydrate contains polysaccharides (natural humectants that can suck moisture from the air), soil surfactants (which aid in moisture penetration) and soil conditioners (including fulvic acid and seaweed extract).  


If you have any questions about hydrophobic soils either for me or Steve, why not email us or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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