Rain Maker - FAQs
Q. What does Rain Maker look like?
A. Rain Maker is a white/clear polymer that looks like sea salt. After it gets wet it turns into a gel and looks like broken glass or jelly. It works its way into the soil within one to two weeks after it has been applied.
Q. How is it applied?
A. Rain Maker is applied as a granular with a hand spreader.
Q. Is it organic?
A. Rain Maker is not organic, but is considered non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
Q. Is it safe?
A. Rain Maker is considered non-toxic. It is the same material that is used in baby diapers to absorb water and in water filtration systems to filter pollutants from drinking water.
Q. What if my dogs eat it?
A. If they do happen to eat a few granules it will pass through their system just like a rubber/plastic chew toy would.
Q. How long does it last in the soil?
A. Rain Maker lasts in the soil for 1-2 years. Over that time it will be broken down by microbial activity or it will move down in the soil to a lower spot and be less effective. The polymers have a “memory” which is the number of times they can absorb and release water before they cannot do this anymore. This memory tends to remain active for 1 to 2 years. We recommend applying it every year to see maximum effectiveness.
Q. How much water should I expect to save?
A. Rain Maker reduces your watering needs by 25%-40% depending on air temperatures and soil consistency.
Q. What are the other benefits of Rain Maker?
A. Other than the water savings, Rain Maker reduces stress on the lawn, the movement of herbicides through the soil to water sources, and the leaching of fertilizers from the soil.
Q. How long do I have to stay off the lawn?
A. We recommend staying off the lawn for 24 hours to be safe but there are no legal requirements for this product. It is non-toxic to the skin but can be slippery when wet before it has worked its way into the soil.
Q. Will it save my lawn from drought?
A. Rain Maker does not generate water; it makes the water you apply go farther. We still recommend watering the lawn 1 and 1/2” in the spring/fall and 2” in the summer. It will save you about a 1/2” of water per week. We cannot guarantee that this product will protect your lawn from drought.
Q. How long have you been using RainMaker?
A. We tested it in 1998, started using it in 1999, and have had really great results. This is one of our top performing products.