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  • Drip Irrigation: Everything You Need To Know

    Your garden is beautiful and bountiful, however, it can be too much to manage and water on a daily basis. As your garden grows it becomes more important to find an easy way to water your plants.

    Drip irrigation systems are a popular way to water plants in outdoor gardens, greenhouses, and even indoor hydroponic gardens. Here at Hydrobuilder we highly recommended this method to water plant and vegetable gardens. 

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  • Is Wildfire Smoke Bad For Plants? Everything You Need To Know

    Are you, your family, and your indoor plants or garden protected from all of the pollution created by wildfire smoke?

    Don't wait to find out that you are not prepared for wildfire season. It seems now more than ever the fire season never ends. In 2023 we are seeing massive wildfires in Canada affecting most of the eastern United States. This is causing many people, animals, and plants to suffer. Luckily there are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your plants.

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  • DIY Cold Plunge Kits - Everything you need to know!

    In the pursuit of personal health, many individuals are turning to new methods to energize their bodies and minds. Recently, a large amount of popularity has grown around cold plunge therapy. Generally, these may also be known as ice baths or cold water immersion. There is a ton of information out there, therefore, it does not take much to start. After reading this article, you should be able to create your own DIY cold plunge.

    In this article, we will talk about the "cool" world of cold plunging. Altogether, we will discuss cold plunge benefits, and the best temperature for a cold plunge. We will also explore how you can create your own DIY cold plunge.

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  • Hypochlorous Acid Growing Applications

    Hypochlorous Acid, Keeping Drip Tables & Irrigation Systems Clean

    What is Hypochlorous Acid?

    Hypochlorous acid, also known as HClO and HOCl, is a weak acid solution, widely used in applications ranging from food processing facilities to hospital surgical units to keep things hygienic and kill pathogens and other harmful bacteria, etc.

    HClO is the strongest oxidizing and anti-microbial agent generated when chlorine gas dissolves in water.  Often used in a hypochlorous acid spray, HClO has been used since the first world war. It is a powerful non-toxic disinfectant and sanitizer. This proven formula has been shown to be much more effective than bleach as a biocide, fungicide, and viricide.

    Aside from these industrial applications, It's also very well suited to keeping mineral salts and biofilms from collecting. This is especially important for growing surfaces such as irrigation systems and tanks. Fortunately, Hypochlorous acid (HOCl-) is available in stable concentrates specifically for drip applications that can be injected directly into fertigation systems or added into hydroponics reservoirs

    Substances such as biofilms and other naturally occurring residues, if left unchecked in hydroponics systems, can lead to crop failures. In extreme circumstances, it can require irrigation system removal and replacement. Both are expensive prospects and important considerations for the professional as well as a residential grower.

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  • HGV Premium Plant Nutrients

    Why HGV?  They aren’t like other fertilizer companies. Their fertilizers stand on their own containing all the essential elements needed for healthy plant growth without the need for expensive “additives”.

    Fertilizer Formulations

    HGV is formulated for the correct balance between all the elements. Many elements are antagonistic of one another, meaning that high levels of a particular nutrient in the soil can interfere with the availability and uptake of other nutrients. By using “boosters” or “additives” you are throwing off the delicate balance between each element that has been carefully calculated and proven to provide superior results.

    They also source the highest quality raw materials. We have tested every form of N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), K (potassium), as well as secondary and trace elements, and only use what has given the best results time after time in our own commercial facilities. No Ammoniacal or Urea products are ever used. While we could make a lower-cost product, that is not our focus. Quality is always at the top of their list, and it should be at the top of yours as well.

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  • Why and How Mushrooms Grow In Gardens?

    If you’re wondering “why are mushrooms growing in my yard”, you’ve come to the right place.

    We have all seen them. These little fungi are everywhere! Some of the mushrooms in your garden are edible, while some are highly toxic. Some cultures believe mushrooms have magical properties because some grow in “fairy circles.” 

    Fairy circles are actually an outline of the mycelium underneath the soil! It grows in a circular pattern, and mushrooms pop up on the edges. 

    Despite how common they are, most gardeners don’t understand what they are. You may ask “where do mushrooms come from”, and whether or not they are harmful.

    If you’re wondering  why are mushrooms growing in my yard? Are they harmful or helpful? Is there a way to get rid of them? Should you get rid of them?

    You have tons of questions, we have all the answers. Read on to learn everything you need to learn about mushrooms growing in your garden!

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  • What Are The Low Humidity Symptoms In Plants?

    They say it’s not the heat that will get you, but the humidity - but when it comes to low humidity, plants can be particularly vulnerable.

    Too much humidity can lead to illnesses like fungal disease and root rot. However, too little humidity can result in issues as well..

    It can be tough to rectify low humidity in plants because it can show the same symptoms as plants that just need to be watered.. However, thoroughly watering won’t always fix low humidity symptoms in plants because it’s not the water in the soil that needs fixing - it’s the water in the air

    If you feel that this could be what your plants are suffering from, don’t worry. Today, we’re going to help you discover the signs of low humidity in plants along with tips to rectify the situation quickly.

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  • Harvest Waste Disposal - What Should You Do With All The Leftover Plant Matter?

    Something that not many growers think about as their facility grows is how they're going to manage the increased volume of harvest waste disposal they're responsible for.

    Once the harvest season has ended and your flower is drying or curing, you still have some work to do - you need a legal, environmentally-friendly, efficient way to get rid of all that plant waste from trimming and bucking.

    This plant matter isn’t like grass clippings, which can decompose in just a few weeks. Rather, leaves and stems can take anywhere from 6-12 months to fully decompose. Traditional plant waste disposal solutions are inefficient, costly, and detrimental to the planet.

    As more and more organizations look for a holistic, cost-effective way to deal with that harvest waste, innovative solutions have quickly emerged.

    Today, we’re going to introduce a few options you have that can greatly reduce your time spent worrying about plant waste and save you money. Let's start by looking at the environmental concerns regarding harvest waste disposal.

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  • Root Bound Plant Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment

    If are dealing with a root bound plant, you need to act quickly. It is important to get those roots untangled and your plant repotted.

    All too often, plants that are purchased in containers at garden centers look fine when you buy them. But when you get them home you discover an issue. The roots are all bound in the pot and packed tightly into the container. 

    While you might think that a large root mass is ideal, this is only true if the roots can breathe!

    The reality is that root-bound plants’ symptoms can be extreme and threaten the health of your plant. Sometimes plants that are left root bound for too long will even wilt and die.

    Therefore, it’s important to understand how to re-pot a root-bound plant. You need to do this so that you can keep your plant healthy and growing well. And today, that’s what we’re going to cover.

    First, we’ll teach you how to identify a plant with root circles (another term for root binding). Then, we’ll explain what can happen if you don’t do anything to remedy the situation. Finally, we will discuss how we recommend you go about repotting the plant.

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  • Dechlorinator & RO Filter Replacement: How Often To Change Reverse Osmosis Filters

    If you’re unsure how often to change reverse osmosis filters or dechlorinator filters, then our RO filter replacement guide is a must-read - the quality & health of your plants depends on it!

    Don’t risk your old, tainted water filters or membranes letting contaminants through - you paid good money for your water filtration system, so you might as well make sure it’s running smoothly at all times and doing its job!

    The problem is that aside from commercial water filtration systems, there is usually no onboard indicator of when exactly it’s time to start replacing RO filters.

    Your manufacturer may have provided an estimation, but because every feed water quality & conditions are different, you need a more accurate way to tell when it’s time to swap that old filter out.

    And that’s what we’re going to do today - we'll explain the foolproof way to determine if its time to change your RO membrane, your pre-filters, and your carbon filters. Let’s start with the importance of water filter replacement.

    TL;DR: RO membranes need to be replaced every six months, and other filter types will need to be changed once a year. But the only way to know for sure if it's time to replace your filter or membrane is by testing the filtered water and looking for a drop in efficiency or efficacy.

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