The concept of Maxand originated from a study of naturally-coated sands found in the Florida Citrus belt. These sands are naturally-coated with iron and aluminum oxides which bind clay to its surface. These coatings improve soil moisture and nutrient retention – making a sandy soil that would ordinarily be unproductive into a very productive agricultural soil. Most of these naturally-coated soils do not meet USGA specifications for golf course greens.
The Maxand concept was to create an artificially-coated sand for use in golf green root zones which would enhance the benefits of moisture and nutrient retention and to provide the benefit of retaining certain persistent leachable pesticides in the root zone longer.
Evaluation of the efficacy of the Maxand technology was the basis of a doctoral thesis at the University of Florida. Years of university and company research on turfgrass has demonstrated Maxand’s ability to:
- Reduce or eliminate Localized Dry Spots (LDS)
- Significantly accelerate the grow-in of sprigged and seeded turfgrass
- Enhance root growth
- Accelerate turf recovery from cultural and traffic stress
- Reduce or eliminate leaching of certain pesticides
- Improve Plant Health and Stress Resistance
The result is a unique integration of many different capabilities into a single soil amendment.