Guest post by Cheri Shealy
If you are a gardener who has plants in pots you would love to know more about capillary matting. It is a type of absorbent fabric. Pots are placed on it and the excess water that runs off the pots is absorbed in the capillary matting.
Later on, the plants ‘drink up’ all this water through capillary action. This means you can think of the capillary matting as a storehouse of water, only in this context you are not doing anything else or extra to store the water.
On one hand, it is a great way to conserve water and utilise the amount that would have been otherwise wasted. On the other hand, it is also great for the overall yield. Although, not every grower uses this system, it has been found that when used, the capillary matting contributes significantly to the plant growth.
Apart from the home gardeners, using capillary matting is quite a popular practice in the retail nursery industry. Due to the very fabric of these mats, while the excess water is being absorbed at the bottom, loss of this water is being prevented by another lining at the top. Generally, the material used for this lining is perforated polyethylene or something similar.
Using capillary matting comes with a host of advantages. To begin with, it gives the gardener the liberty of placing pots of various sizes on the same mat without the possibility of over or under watering the plants.
It is also a wonderful labour saving device. Since the water spreads rapidly and evenly over a large flat surface and can be used by the plants later on, gardeners do not have to water the pots over and over again.
Many retail nurseries prefer using capillary matting to overhead sprinklers. The reason for this is twofold. On one hand, this type of mat leaves less water on the floor and on the other hand, it saves the retail staff the hassle of continuously watering the plants.
Depending upon your need, you may be able to choose the make and thickness of the capillary matting. It varies from the very thin to the really thick types. However, irrespective of the composition of the mat, the process in which water flows from the mat to the pots remain the same. Many believe that this water column that is created between the mat and the pot is very difficult to reestablish and hence should never be broken. Experts recommend not removing a pot from a mat while it is still in production.
Mega Garden Store, one of the trusted online names in gardening, has one of the best quality capillary matting. It is manufactured from recycled viscose or polyester. If you are planning to buy this type of mat for your garden or nursery, you may consider checking out this store. They also have several useful and decorative pieces that can enhance the beauty of your garden. Take a look at their website for more information.
Cheri Shealy writes for http://www.megagardenstore.com/.