Hydretain manages root zone moisture, making the most efficient use of applied irrigation and rainfall. Its simple mechanism protects plants from the harmful effects of drought stress, reducing disease pressure and root shrinkage. Hydretain will result in healthy, disease resistant turf that will improve the overall quality of your landscaping.
How it Works
A Hydretain molecule has the unique ability to attract, hold, and then transfer water molecules into plant roots. One end of the Hydretain molecule anchors itself to soil particles and root hairs, coating their surface. The other end is available to grab free water molecules from humid air circulating in the soil.
Once Hydretain has grabbed a water molecule, it releases it into the plant’s root throughout osmosis preventing it from being lost to evaporation or leaching. Because the Hydretain molecule is too large to fit through the cell wall of the root, it is left behind where it is free to grab another water molecule. This process is repeated over and over again, continually supplying the plants with water.
Hydrophobic soils are caused by organic matter (i.e. lipids, proteinaceous compounds, humic acid, fulvic acids, alignins, and suberin) that coat the soil particles and repel water. Because Hydretain is able to adhere to these compounds, water molecules are drawn to these hydrophobic areas, restoring the natural capillary action of the soil matrix that brings plant available water to the root system.
Excess Moisture & Disease
Hydretain does not hold excess water in the root zone and therefore does not promote disease. It also will not change the water holding capacity of percolation of the soil matrix (except in the case of severely hydrophobic soils as above).
Wetting Agents, Penetrants and Polymers
Hydretain is not a wetting agent, polymer, penetrant, or antitranspirant. No other product has the ability to hold and actually attract free water molecules, and then release them through osmosis into the roots of your plants. It is a truly unique compound that has no equal.
Minimizes Localized Dry Spot
Hydretain minimizes localized dry spot by restoring the natural capillary action of the water within the soil matrix. This increases the lateral movement of water in the root zone and brings plant available water to the root system.
Increases Watering Efficiency
Hydretain increases watering efficiency by managing root zone moisture throughout the day. In independent tests Hydretain has reduced watering by up to 50% for ornamental plants and turf grasses.
Grassing and Ornamental Plant Installations
Hydretain is a perfect value-added addition to new turf and landscaping establishment projects. It will help keep projects from drying out between waterings, which is especially important during the initial transplant period, when constant watering is impractical and labor intensive.
Hydretain has been proven to improve seed germination and seedling survival in restricted water germination tests. The end result is greater germination and faster establishment of seedlings as well as sprigs and sod.
Reduces Fungus, Algae & Disease
By reducing over-watering, Hydretain lowers the moisture levels in the thatch layer and minimizes the conditions that cause fungus, algae, and disease.
Hydretain is fully biodegradable. It contains no phosphates, petrochemical derivatives or other toxic fractions, which may cause ground water runoff or contamination.