Trees and Water Cycle

What’s going on with trees and water?

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Over the last few decades, scientists have turned Earth’s water cycle on its head. We now know that the flow of water between soils, plants and the atmosphere is far more complex than traditionally thought. How scientists discovered multidirectional water flow, also known as hydraulic redistribution, was a work of patience, tenacity and ingenuity. Hydraulic […]

Soil Moisture Sensor

Why your soil moisture measurements are not accurate

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Manufacturers of soil water content sensors supply their product with an output registering volumetric water content (VWC), typically expressed as a percentage. But where does this number come from and what does it actually mean? In all likelihood, the output value from the sensor will not be equal to the actual VWC of your particular […]

Soil Water Content Turf

5 common mistakes when measuring soil moisture

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Soil moisture, or soil volumetric water content, is¬†easily measured with probes, sensors or handheld meters. These meters are as simple as pushing the probe or sensor into the soil, pressing read on the handheld meter, and you’re done. As simple as this appears, there are surprisingly many pitfalls and traps that can lead to wrong […]