Chemical Restoration of Greens
The following case studies show our chemistry and claims at work. We are results driven and custom design treatment plans to maximize results and offset costs. No more sulfurous acids, pH reduction, bulk chemical deliveries, less need for aerification and top dressing, likely no more gypsum and a lot less inputs, all achieved with less money and a about 15% less water.
While the proof is in the play, let’s take a look at some of the logistics of why soils become problematic for turf and vegetation.
As you know, your water, soils and inputs all equate to available soil nutrition, turf and vegetation vitality as a whole, but new analytical methods reveal the accumulation of unconsumed nutrition becomes problematic and is chronic across the industry. Accumulated nutrition adds to bulk density and reduces infiltration rate hindering the transport of nutrients and oxygen, while these conditions perpetuate bio-exudates, both toxins and biomatter. from flushing. While we are accustomed to believing rain flushes salts, A) without infiltration, how can it? B) the push in growth is from pure water, oxygen and the oxidation of nitrogen to nitrate, and C) the subsequent crash is from the next available nutrient for the plant to drink, sodium. The accumulations of unavailable essential micro and micro nutrients remain after rain that attribute to bulk density and suppressed infiltration rates.
Bacteria waste and byproducts, not impacted by acids (other than citric), most common are iron slime and water from iron reducing bacteria (IRB), and sulfurous acid, toxic hydrogen sulfide gas and water from sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB), commonly referred to as black layer. Notice, iron supports iron bacteria, while sulfur and sulfate support sulfate bacteria. Both bacteria generate water and cause infiltration barriers commonly noticed as chronic wet spots or areas where infiltration is compromised.
Bacteria are monsters, in that they typically reproduce “exponentially” about every 15 minutes in beneficial conditions; which include standing water on and in soils. Just about nothing will mitigate the bacteria unless it is removed physically, completely, or treated properly. Proper treatment is based on the bacteria volume and the treatment modality, similar to taking medicine over a given period time.
Case Study No. 1
USGA Sand Based Greens
An Aggressive Regimen of Applications in Missouri, to move the most Black Layer over a 12 days period, at rates that might damage the turf.
3 x 5 test plots
Low to High Application Rates, per product
Topical, every 2, days over just 12 days
Results – HCT WaterSOLV™ pHix:
Infiltration from 3.46 to 20 in/hr.
Bulk density 1.74 to 1.52 g/cc
After 12 days of 1 Topical Application each 2 days:
No push in growth, no reduction in turf vitality
No downtime other than spraying
No need to wash into soil
Compatible with many other inputs
Case Study No. 2
USGA Sand Based Greens
Weak turf and lots of decline whilst combatting disease.
Applied HCT WaterSOLV™ pHix - 3 gal/A every weeks for 3 months.
"After three months, we began the injectables – WaterSOLV™ BC and Curative. What we were seeing on the surface is unreal in the quality of turf. All greens had an odd weak/thin look and now are full with a dense canopy."
This past May, (3 months topical then 6 months injectables – 9 months total) our ISTRC tests showed us why we were seeing what we are; the rootzones have benefitted by nearly every metric!
Green No. 1 - Infiltration Rate from 4.23 to 22.31 in/hr., bulk density 1.56 to 1.50 g/cc
Green No. 2 - Infiltration Rate from 3.46 to 16.54 in/hr., bulk density 1.57 to 1.48 g/cc
Green No. 3 - Infiltration Rate from 4.62 to 15.38 in/hr., bulk density 1.46 to 1.54 g/cc
ISTRC Stated: “These are properties that can be used to set the ideal percentages for the other greens on the property, as these are virtually perfect.”
Case Study No. 3
Push up and USGA Sand Based Greens
Analysis – "Aside from the compaction on the push up green in tier one, these greens are as good as they were 14 years ago."
For the most part, both tested greens have particle distributions that meet the USGA recommended specifications. The peak on the 35 & 60 Sieves is very desirable and should promote a foundation of good physical properties while also promoting good structural stability & bridging characteristics.
While water and vegetation issues are universal their causes are complex and specific. That's why we created our own soil and water testing matrix to create custom prescriptions for our customers that are aimed at solving the source of problems, and reducing the need not only for wetting agents, sulfuric acid, gypsum and manual aerification, but reducing the need for our chemistry as well. Most of our long term users are on maintenance programs using just 3-6 ppm of a custom percentage of each product injected directly into their irrigation system.
HCT's purpose and privilege is providing sustainable and cost effective solutions to the chronic problems that plague soil health in the world of water and agronomy. We consistently reduce water demand 15% and increase crop yields 18% and more. When you treat water ‘well’ with WaterSOLV™ you increase efficiency, decrease costs, increase yield, improve pore space and add oxygen chemically. We can show you how to restore soil infiltration and soil operability just by treating your water and for substantially less than you're spending now.