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Why Is My Soil Always Dry And Repels Water?


July 28, 2022


Searles Gardening Team

Ever wondered why your plants still look wilted no matter how much you water your pots, lawns or gardens. This is because you have soil "dry-out".

"Dry out" occurs when the soil or mix forms a natural seal, which repels water. This can be a problem after dry or windy periods of weather. Once "dry out" occurs, watering becomes ineffective, as the water does not readily reach the roots. Also "dry out" severely affects the performance of fertilisers.

The easy way to check if your plants suffer "dry out" is to dig down about 2-5cm, AFTER watering and see if the soil or mix is still dry. If this is the case, there is an easy solution to the problem. Sprinkle over the surface of pots, lawns and gardens Searles Advanced Penetraide Re-Wetting Granules.

Searles Penetraide allows water to penetrate and soak into the potting mix or soil. It effectively delivers the water and fertiliser to the roots again, giving better growth.

"Dry out" and fertiliser delivery to plants is probably one of the most common problems gardeners face and Searles Penetraide will easily solve them.