Eliminate Localized Dry Spots
Water stress is often caused by Localized Dry Spots (LDS) which develop as the result of the formation of water-repellant, hydrophobic conditions at the very top of the soil profile.
Maxand provides a unique and effective moisture management system. Maxand is USGA spec sand permanently coated with a cutting-edge hydrophilic polymer. The result is a SOLID-STATE, PERMANENT WETTING AGENT that provides uniform water penetration and distribution. Maxand’s water-loving, hydrophilic coating ensures that moisture is readily available where it is needed most – at the top and throughout the root zone. And, again, Maxand is permanent – it will not decompose, biodegrade or leach away.
In addition to Maxand’s ability to manage moisture in the root zone, Maxand’s coating provides cation and anion exchange sites. Nutrients and pesticides are held in the rootzone longer, allowing for a more efficient uptake of nutrients into the plant and longer pesticide contact with pathogens.
Incorporating Maxand will result in a rootzone that:
- Remains hydrophilic
- Utilizes nutrients more efficiently
- Retains pesticides, holding them in the rootzone longer
- Enhances microbial activity
Facts about Managing Moisture and Moisture Stress
- Closely mown greens commonly have shallow root systems – with most roots in the top inch
- Within 18 months of construction, sand-based greens often develop water-repellent, hydrophobic root zones
- Water-repellant soil may be present throughout the green even though LDS symptoms may not be visible
- Hydrophobic soil develops at the top 1”- 2” of the soil profile with the most severe problems at the shallower depth
- Managing moisture is critical in this area of the soil profile
- Improving root depth reduces occurrence of moisture stress symptoms – Maxand stimulates root growth
- Reducing drought stress with improved moisture management significantly enhances disease resistance