Managing Soil Water Repellency
The standard practice for treating water-repellent sand root zones is the systematic application of non-ionic soil surfactants. The use of block copolymers have become the preferred surfactant treatment chemistries. However, it should be remembered that these treatments are used to address the symptoms of water repellency β localized dry spot, infiltration and water movement problems. Addressing the cause of water repellency β the build up of water repellent organic coatings — will require newer technology. That technology is available now! RETRO Soil Water Repellency Management System.
Keep Progressive Nature of Water Repellency Under Control
To entirely remove humic substances from the soil ecosystem would not be beneficial, inasmuch as decomposition of organic materials are an essential component of a healthy soil. However, in highly managed greens and tees, controlling organic matter build up on soil particles is particularly important to maintain adequate infiltration, hydration and drainage. And this is the designed purpose for RETRO β providing the golf course superintendent with a soil management tool to keep the progressive nature of water repellency under control.