Wetting Agents Reduce Water Bills

My Water Just Sits in the Garden!

Have you ever watered a potted plant, a section of your garden or lawn, but it seems like the water just sits on top of the soil or even just beads up and rolls off? No matter how much water you put on it the soil remains bone dry.

Is your Garden or Lawn Hydrophobic or Water Repellent?

When your beloved garden, plants or lawn become water dense, soil is said to be hydrophobic or water repellent. In hydrophobic soils the soil particles are coated with wax like substances that repel water. Attempting to grow any type of plant in a hydrophobic soil is futile. If water can´t penetrate the surface of the soil then it is not available to the roots of the plant and the plant will eventually die.

What’s a “Wetting Agent” and How Do They Work to Cure Your Lawn?

Fortunately, you can cure your lawn and garden problem caused by hydrophobic soils with wetting agents. What exactly is a wetting agent and how do they work? Wetting Agents are basically high tech soaps/detergents and work by making water wetter. They improve water penetration/infiltration, moisture retention, distribution uniformity, drainage, and water use efficiency. Watch this video to see a wetting agent or “agri-surfactant” in action.

How do you know when using a wetting agent might be necessary?

A good rule of thumb for determining the value of a wetting agent is to place a small amount of water into the pot or area of soil in question. If the water remains on the surface of the soil for more then 5 seconds or simply rolls off, than using a wetting agent will be of great benefit.

Show Me the Savings from Using Wetting Agents!

Regular use of wetting agents can reduce the amount of water used by a homeowner an amazing 20% to 50% annually! If you consider that 50% of the average California home owner´s water bill is used in the garden then the use of wetting agents could save up to 25% on a monthly water bill. Consider how expensive water is in California. That´s a lot of dollars saved just by applying a wetting agent. Wishing you knew about the availability of wetting agents a long time ago? Hearts Pest Management has the knowledge, equipment and products to help you save on your water bill and with many other issues you may have with your landscape, turf, or garden. Whatever the problem, whether it is hydrophobic soil, insects or disease, or fertilization Hearts Pest Management lawn and garden care staff are here to help.

Related Lawn Care Topics

HP Banner



Review our amazing pest
service options

You can add other problem pests to your “general pest
control” service.

Why Choose Hearts Pest Management:
Health Conscious First do no harm! Custom Built Plans Flexible Scheduling Technicians Communicative & Trustworthy Budget Sensitivity
We customize the service to your needs & pest situation.


What Our Customers Say
“Able, honest and extremely knowledgeable and polite. They come bi-monthly and use an organic solution to spray outside. It’s a pleasure and relief to do business with them.”
~ Carri B.
View more
“The technician Austin was on time. Very personable and explained products in detail and is very knowledgeable. Very thorough and the organic and eco friendly products were our first choice. We signed for the every other month especially for spiders and ants.”
~ Mark
View more

Pest Behavior & Solutions

Pest Behavior & Solutions

We Know About Pests, You Can Too. Visit our Pest Library for information
on the habits and habitats of some of the most common pests.

See Full List of Pest
  • General pest control and certified green pest control options:

Carpenters ants, bedbugs - separate esimate

Choose the service schedule you need:

Weekly, Monthly, Bi-Monthly, Quarterly, Reduced winter service.

See More General Pest Services

Free Inspections

Free Inspections
for Prevention & Extermination

We provide free inspections for
various complex pest control
situations. Our pest control services
are tailored to each community and
their unique micro-climates that
impact your pest control plan.

We are the first pest control company in Southern California to achieve the California EPA Integrated Pest Management Award.

  • In-door trapping
  • Out-door baiting or trapping
  • Full exclusion to keep them out!
  • Decontamination (see mites and parasites)
  • Clean-up
  • Maintenance monthly
View Our Plan for Rats and Mice
  • Indoor / outdoor eradication
  • Bee removal – hive and honeycomb
View Our Plan for Bees and Wasps
  • Monitoring
  • Commercial reporting
  • Clean-outs and maintenance
View Our Plan for Roaches
  • Comprehensive inspection
  • Written bedbug plan for owner – pest company
View Our Plan for Bed Bugs
  • Remediation / maintenance
  • Ground fumigation
  • Baiting
View Our Plan for Gophers and Squirrels
  • Single story eaves only (we do not service roofs or second story homes).
  • Full exclusion for nesting and perching
  • Decontamination (see mites and parasites)
  • Bird birth control
  • Pigeons
  • Starlings
  • Sparrows
  • Swallows
View Our Plan for Birds
  • Attic vacuuming
  • Power washing
  • Insulation removal – replacement
  • Full space area chemical fogging
  • Off-site disposal
View Our Plan for Mites and Parasites
Pest Control Product Labels & MSDS We welcome you to view pest control labels and MSDS information.