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Hydro-Mats Review

Casa Beta: Hydro-Mats

How does your garden grow? At one point mine was dying (literally) of thirst, so I searched for a solution to keep my planters, pots, and hanging baskets drought-resistant. A friend told me that Hydro-Mats ($10 for eight 7 inch x 7 inch mats) are the only way her arid garden in Denver stays lush, so I decided to give it a try. Basically Hydro-Mats are small pieces of poly-spun fabric with polymer crystals that you put in the bottom of your planters. Each mat holds a quart of water, which it releases slowly, reducing your watering time dramatically. To see if the mats met my expectations, just

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I can honestly say I will never plant another plant in a container or pot without first laying down a little bit of Hydro-Mat — this smart invention is a gardener's dream. When I first opened my package I was weary of its simple looks: how on earth would these white pads keep my plants moist? Well, not only has this product quenched my dry plants' thirst, but it has also saved me a great deal of time and money since I no longer have to replace dead flowers midseason. Sure, it's no excuse for watering regularly, but instead of daily sessions, I only water my plants every few days or sometimes even once a week. I love that you can easily cut the mats down to size and also that you can't see them after you've filled the container with dirt. My absolute favorite use for the product? Those notoriously dry hanging planters. If you've ever had a problem keeping plants properly watered, then Hydro-Mats are for you. I've got a 5-yard roll sitting next to my potting bench, and I'll never be without again . . . ever.

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