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Soil Moist polymer granular is a soil amendment designed to reduce plant waterings by 50%**, reduce transplant shock and soil compaction, and will remain effective in the soil for 3-5 years.** It is an inexpensive form of insurance for the plant and is environmentally friendly. Soil Moist saves time, labor and plant loss.
Note: With the exception of hydroseeding applications (using our Hydro and Hydrobond grade polymers), Soil Moist must be incorporated into the soil at the root level of the plant/green good. Do not top dress or place on the surface.**Results may vary depending on soil conditions such as salts, pH, microorganisms, u-v
Use two ounces of SOIL MOIST granular per one foot of rootball. Mix one half the amount around the planting hole, mix balance with backfill. Do not amend the top two inches of the backfill with polymer. Water liberally. Rate should be slightly increased to two to three ounces per one foot of rootball in sandy soils. Soil Moist 2\" Disks can also be used. For bulk soil mixing use 2 pounds per cubic yard of soil.
There are two methods to treat broad areas. The most effective method is to sprinkle a small amount (1/2 tsp.) of SOIL MOIST in the plant hole. Water plants liberally to activate the polymer. Another method is to apply up to one pound of SOIL MOIST per 100 square feet of ground area. Spread the polymer and work into the soil at a depth of three to four inches. For bulk soil mixing use 2 pounds per cubic yard of soil.
Use SOIL MOIST at a rate of six pounds per 1000 square feet or 300 pounds per acre if the polymer is worked into the soil at a depth of five to six inches. Use four to five pounds per 1000 square feet or 175 to 225 pounds per acre if the polymer is worked into the soil at a depth of three to four inches. For sandy soils we recommend five pounds per 1000 square feet or 225 pounds per acre at a depth of three to four inches.
Broadcast the polymer with a spreader or drop seeder for even disbursement. Work into the soil, spread seed or lay sod, roll and water liberally. If applying grass seed, you may want to use our SOIL MOIST SEED COAT.
The polymer compound retains excess moisture on the seed surface from water and humid air. The moisture softens the seed tissue to increase germination and establishment. The graphite compound retains heat on the surface of the seed to promote a faster germination in less time.
Add three to four pounds of SOIL MOIST HYDRO (sugar-type) per 1000 gallons of liquid in the storage tank. Let the product stand at least 5 minutes before adding fertilizer. Depending upon water retention desired, soil type and salt content of the water, one acre will require nine to fifteen pounds of SOIL MOIST HYDRO.
Use Soil Moist HYDROBOND as a tackifier amendment. Hydrobond is a non-toxic linear polymer that can be used with any paper or fiber mulch products. This product binds the hydroseeding media to the soil particles and reduces erosion. It is economical and easy to apply: use three pounds per acre and simply add to the hydroseed tank along with other components such as seed, mulch and fertilizer.
Soil moisture plays an important role in agricultural monitoring, drought and flood forecasting, forest fire prediction, water supply management, and other natural resource activities. Soil moisture observations can forewarn of impending drought or flood conditions before other more standard indicators are triggered.
The techniques for monitoring soil moisture are undergoing rapid growth and innovation with the advent of new in situ and proximal sensors, new satellite and other remote sensing technologies, and enhanced modeling capabilities. This is leading to an increasing number of soil moisture data products in development.
Soil moisture data, maps, and tools vary by the source of their input data (e.g., in situ sensors, satellites, numerical models, or a blend of any of these), the depths they represent, and the metrics they display (e.g., volumetric water content, mm, changes and anomalies, daily ranking percentages). This supports a range of different end user applications.
In its simplest form, flash drought is generally considered the rapid onset of drought, which can cause extensive, unexpected damage to agriculture and economies. Changes in soil moisture can provide an early warning of flash drought.
Across the United States, networks of instruments in the ground and satellites overhead keep a constant watch on soil moisture conditions. Aside from the obvious applications, like helping farmers know where to irrigate, data from these networks also help government agencies assess the risk of floods, wildfires, or landslides. Soil moisture data are also valuable for predicting runoff and for constructing models of the heat and carbon exchanges between the soil and the atmosphere.
The coordinated National Soil Moisture Network (NSMN) aims to integrate soil moisture (SM) data from several existing in situ monitoring networks throughout the United States. NSMN also aims to synergistically merge these data with remotely sensed and modeled SM products to generate near-real-time, high-resolution, gridded national SM maps and other products. By doing so, the project coordinators expect to reduce societal risks from such hazards as drought, flood, and fire, as well as to improve characterization of national water budgets.
Standardization protocols will also have to be developed, such as for SM terminology and as guidance for future sensor installations [e.g., Dorigo et al., 2011] and strategic planning and design for near-real-time applications using NSMN products. Sufficient flexibility must be built into the data retrieval process to allow for variable data output formats and quality levels from different networks, relatively short periods of record for soil moisture data compared with other climate variables [Ford et al., 2016], and variable sensor depths in the soil column. Finally, a coordinated NSMN requires resolution of data ownership and personnel resource issues.
Once these hurdles have been overcome, NSMN data will have the potential to generate several key products intended to benefit a wide range of user groups. Some of these products include national maps of in situ SM sensor locations across the United States from the networks identified above (Figure 1). Other products will process high-resolution, gridded data derived from in situ sensors using regression kriging (Gaussian process) interpolation to generate regional SM percentiles [Quiring et al., 2018] (Figure 2). Still other products will provide users with soil volumetric water content (VWC) anomalies, SM percent of normal for watersheds for nonsurficial portions of the soil column (Figure 3), and VWC percentile maps designed to correspond to U.S. Drought Monitor categories.
Other products include downloadable data, plain-language summaries of current conditions, and contextual information such as soil physical and hydraulic properties for interpreting current SM levels. Users can get information on standards and specifications for future sensor installations and data output and quality control procedures for evaluation of current and period-of-record data. Also planned for development is an open source code repository for working with existing SM data sources similar to the one provided by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI).
Clayton, J. A.,Quiring, S.,Ochsner, T.,Cosh, M.,Baker, C. B.,Ford, T.,Bolten, J. D., and Woloszyn, M (2019), Building a one-stop shop for soil moisture information, Eos, 100, Published on 13 June 2019.
Should you be using a soil moisture meter for your houseplants After so many people using these instruments came to me complaining about their plants dying, I wanted to give you my thoughts on using moisture meters for houseplants.
Let me give you one example of one particular case that illustrates my point very well. I wanted to share this example and then tell you what you should be doing instead of using a soil moisture meter.
Simply stick your finger into the soil and feel it. Does it feel dry to the touch If so you may need to water. Is it still slightly moist and maybe some soil is sticking to your fingers Time to hold off watering.
After you water your plant, pick up the pot and see how heavy it feels. Periodically lift your plant after a few days. If the soil has gone bone dry, it will feel substantially lighter. Especially if it is in a lightweight plastic pot.
I started indoor gardening over one year ago and am proud of the 24 plants I own, and that includes a couple of difficult species too. I was once a totally clueless killer of indoor plants! If you own a lot of plants, my suggestion is to keep track of which plant you watered and when. I created an entire spreadsheet that lists each one of the plants I own, charting things like the last time I watered, where it's positioned, any concerning changes etc, so I know what days they are on the schedule for a water check. Which means that they might or might not require another watering that day.Otherwise, I'd be cluelessly poking my plant's soil all the time. For some smaller and more delicate plants, like those succulents in their tiny 2\" pots and that VERY delicate string of turtles that was IMPOSSIBLE trying to stick my finger in without breaking off the turtles, or any other plant with very dense and delicate foliage and thin vines, like a rarer hoya I own, and those that get very compacted soil and getting your finger through it is really difficult.
For those situations, I use a combination of the spreadsheet tracking