Broadleaf P4 is the ideal product to use alongside Rootgrow to get your hedge, tree or any other plants off to a really good start, unless you are planting into soil that is always wet. Even if the soil is waterlogged Broadleaf P4 can improve the drainage so long as a drainage channel exists.
For optimum growth plants need three things from the soil or compost: MOISTURE, AERATION and NUTRIENTS. Broadleaf P4 helps improve availability of all three. At the same time it can extend the intervals between irrigating by treble or more saving time and possibly money.
Broadleaf P4 is a granular polymer that can absorb hundreds of times its own weight of water as, when the granules come into contact with water they absorb it, swelling to form particles of water-charged gel. Incorporated into soil or compost, the polymer acts as many tiny reservoirs of 'contained' rain or irrigation water. Soil and compost water-holding capacity is greatly increased and the roots of the growing crop will colonise the gel particles, from which they can extract over 95% of the stored water as required, over a prolonged period of time.
By using Broadleaf P4 you will dramatically reduce plant losses to moisture stress and thereby improve establishment and growth. Soil and compost are also easier to re-wet and wilted plants recover more quickly when water is applied after drought stress, although we would emphasise that you should not allow plants to become dry.
Because the polymer holds water so efficiently, losses by evaporation and percolation are reduced, so fewer nutrients are leached away. In fact, dissolved nutrients can be absorbed into the polymer (gel particles) then extracted from it by plant roots unimpeded, thus further improving nutrient usage.
The presence of the gel particles increases the porosity of soils and composts, counteracts compaction and creates a permanently open, well aerated structure. This promotes development of strong, extensive root systems which are better able to support vigorous, robust top growth. Together with the secondary root of the mycorrhizal fungi produced by use of Rootgrow any newly planted plants will have the best start possible.
Broadleaf P4 is inert, safe for all plant species in all types of growing media and is non-contaminating, is durable in most growing conditions and crop production systems, giving up to five years of environmental benefit as they have unlimited drying out and re-hydrating capacity.
The granules will continue to be active for up to five years before breaking down to a non-toxic material. Most other water storage crystals start to break down within eighteen months.
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