Dry patch is a common problem that affects many turfgrass areas, especially in hot and dry weather conditions. It is characterized by an area of the turf drying out and becoming difficult to rewet, even when a significant amount of water is applied. This problem often occurs in areas on rootzones with a high sand content or where the soil has been compacted over time.
Dry patch develops when a soil becomes water repellent. This means that the soil has become hydrophobic, or water-resistant, due to the buildup of waxy or organic compounds in the soil. These compounds are often the result of the decomposition of organic matter in the soil that accumulate over time, making it difficult for water to penetrate the soil and reach the turfgrass roots.
As the soil becomes more water-repellent, water runs off the surface of affected areas, rather than infiltrating the soil. This can lead to a cycle of dryness, where the turfgrass becomes increasingly stressed, and the soil becomes even more water-repellent.
The effects of Dry patch on turfgrass can be severe, leading to weakened root systems, thinning of the turf, and the development of bare patches. In addition, the stress on the turf can make it more susceptible to other diseases and pests, further compromising the health and appearance of the turf.
To combat Dry patch, turf managers typically use a combination of techniques, including wetting agents, surface aeration and targeted irrigation. Wetting agents are chemicals that help to overcome the water repellent nature of the organic compounds, allowing water to penetrate more easily. Aeration helps to alleviate soil compaction and provide channels for more effective targeted irrigation.
Overall, Dry patch is a significant challenge for turf managers, but with the right combination of techniques, it is possible to manage and prevent this problem, ensuring healthy turf and consistent playing surfaces.
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H2Pro AquaSmart is an outfield wetting agent for a low rate application to provide a cost-effective programme. The agent for low rate application provides a greater water-use efficiency by slowing drying and then allowing quick rewetting of the soil, so maintaining a healthy plant and a quality surface.
H2Pro TriSmart is formulated with three water management surfactant technologies to provide great water penetration, even water spread through the rootzone and to improve the water holding capacity of sandy rootzones. Researched, formulated and produced in-house by ICL.
Qualibra is a premier wetting agent and water conservation agent that combines a unique and dynamic penetrant with a powerful polymer to optimise water penetration and conservation within the rootzone.
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