sprinkling with iron rich well water

Discussion in 'HortForum' started by RaeFae, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. RaeFae

    RaeFae Member

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    Grand Rapids MI USA
    We just put down some grass seed, I need to keep it moist, our well water is iron rich and our landscaping and concrete are so intertwined I can't sprinkle (we use a hose and sprinkler, no underground) w/o getting the concrete wet. Therefore, our sidewalk and landscaping rocks turn very orange from the iron. Any suggestions on removing or avoiding the staining?
  2. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Toronto, Ontario
    You can usually remove the stains using Coca Cola - just pour it on and let it sit a while; there are also harsh industrial products available. Think CLR.

    To avoid rust stains you'd have to remove the iron from the water, which is a tough proposal. However, you may be able to find a concrete sealant that resists or repels stains, so that you can just scrub them off more easily with a stiff broom. I was using something like this, but I can't recall the brand name.

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