Prepare NOW for Next Season's Play
Sodium Knockout, Essential Plus 1-0-1, Recover Rx
By April, Florida's winter playing season is starting to wind down. Greens have been compacted by heavy play during winter, and salt build-up is at its highest levels. That makes this time of year a crucial time to let the greens recover, rebuild turf health, and promote root growth.
During Florida's winter playing season, excess salts build up in the soil thanks to the use of reclaimed water for irrigation and too many applications of high-salt granular fertilizers. Excess salt in turf's root zone impedes water uptake and causes the cell walls of roots to shrink, reducing plant vigor. To get rid of the excess salt, you need to add calcium to the soil. Calcium neutralizes the sodium, and the soil comes back into balance for healthier plant growth.
Applying granular gypsum is one way to add calcium, but Growth Products' liquid Sodium KnockOut 5-0-0 is easier to apply and works much more quickly. Sodium KnockOut contains 6 percent readily available calcium and also contains extracts of the Mohave yucca plant, Yucca schidigera. The natural soap-like saponins in yucca increase water penetration in soils, reduce surface tension of turf sprays, and prevent problematic dry spot on greens.
An early, heavy application of Sodium KnockOut, followed by generous watering, sets the stage for your off-season maintenance plan. Smaller applications can be applied regularly over the next several months.
Essential Plus 1-0-1
Aeration and verticutting are absolutely necessary for the long-term health of turf, but they are temporary stressors. That's where Essential comes in: its proprietary blend of humic acids, amino acids, sea kelp, natural rooting hormones and other organic soil amendments de-stress the turf. It feeds "good" soil microbes, improves root branching, and builds the best-looking and toughest root system you've ever seen.
Recover Rx 3-18-18
Rounding out the trifecta of greens maintenance products for this time of year is Recover Rx 3-18-18 . It has the perfect P to K ratio of 1:1, and it contains Salicylic Acid.
Salicylic Acid (SA) is a plant hormone found in abundance in willow (Salix) trees. SA stimulates root growth in turf and in all plants. It is also makes turf more immune to various types of environmental and disease stress. Since SA is the active ingredient in aspirin, we like to say that Recover Rx is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Taking care of your greens during this downtime in play will pay off in spades when winter rolls around. The bottom line is that superintendents in Florida have until the end of September to have their greens in perfect shape for the upcoming high season. If your greens are not ready by then, your season won't be a success. But with the right care, your greens will go into next year's season healthy, resilient, and ready for play.
The good news is that the Growth Products team is ready to help. If perfect greens are your passion, give a nutrition specialist a call at (800) 648-7626, and we can tailor a plan just for you.