It’s Aerification Season. Are You Ready?
Posted on March 01, 2021
The process of mechanical aerification is a necessary management tool to improve airflow, nutrient and water movement through the soil profile. Following this destructive process, it is vital to jumpstart turfgrass recovery to a quality level necessary to resume play.
Determining the right fertility approach for your aerification program can be a difficult task. The choice to apply fertilizer before, during and/or after mechanical aerification provides unique options for ensuring your turf recovers quickly.
Below, we’ve outlined a collection of our premium products best suited for aerification applications.
Genesis Rx Zeolite+ 3-4-3, a 50/50 physical blend of Genesis Rx 5-7-5 and zeolite, delivers balanced NPK, secondary and minor element fertility, soil-enriching humic acid, zeolite, and a full spectrum of more than two dozen beneficial microorganisms, all in one easy-to-apply product featuring our patented Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology.
This blend represents the most comprehensive fertilizer we have ever produced, offering a single-product solution designed to simplify aerification fertility and accelerate turfgrass recovery.
What is Zeolite?
Zeolite, a natural, mined material, offers a high CEC, high porosity, and excellent water retention capabilities.
Turfgrass Recovery Post Aerification
Genesis Rx Zeolite+ is recommended for application following aerification as a standard top-dress treatment. This product may be broadcast applied in conjunction with sand topdressing. For complete application instructions, consult product label.
Genesis Rx Zeolite+ for turfgrass maintenance range from 10-30 pounds of product per 1000 ft2.
Genesis Rx 5-7-5 is an all-in-one fertility and soil amendment product for easy application in conjunction with aerification. This product is a high-quality NPK fertility blend containing secondary and minor elements and utilizing our patented Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology. This unmatched combination provides turfgrass with the nutrition needed for recovery from aerification stress, along with sustained feeding. We further value engineered this product by adding 21.5% Humic DG™ (by weight) in the bag to deliver soil microorganisms the carbon-rich food source they desire.
Genesis Rx is recommended for application following your normal aerification program.
Genesis Rx 5-7-5 for turfgrass maintenance range from 5-20 pounds of product per 1000 ft2.
Contec DG 18-9-18 is one of the most popular greens formulations in our premium fertility offering. Many golf course superintendents already use this product in their baseline fertilizer programs, making it an easy addition to aerification programs.
Contec DG 18-9-18 can be applied in preparation for aerification at a rate of 2 pounds of product per 1000 ft2. For complete application instructions, consult product label.
Humic DG is a powerful humic acid-based soil amendment perfect for application following aerification or other intensive maintenance practices. Humic acid is a natural soil conditioner, organic chelator, and microbial stimulator. Containing all three humic fractions (fulvic acid, humic acid, and humins) delivered with a dispersing granule, Humic DG is the perfect counterpart for sand topdressing or in conjunction with other premium aerification products such as Genesis Rx 5-7-5.
WHY HUMIC ACID?
Humic acid is a natural soil conditioner, organic chelator, and microbial stimulator that provides the following benefits:
- Supplies an oxidized, soluble carbon source, leading to improvement in long-term soil pH
- Enhances efficiency of applied nutrients and increases availability of soil phosphorus
- Retains soil moisture and enables better water penetration in the soil, resulting in reduced water requirement
- Chelates soil micronutrients, increasing their availability
Humic DG is recommended for application after aerification as a top-dress treatment. Typical application rates range from 1-2 lbs. of product per 1000 ft2, and can be mixed directly in with sand for easy application. For complete application instructions, consult product label.
Black Gypsum DG 21% is a unique soil amendment containing gypsum and humic acid in a homogenous dispersible granule. In past years, gypsum applications made with the anhydrite (CaSO4) form of calcium (one water molecule), could take weeks to become available for plant uptake. This prolonged uptake process severely limited a turfgrass manager’s ability to jumpstart the soil remediation process.
The gypsum source in Black Gypsum DG 21% is calcium sulfate dihydrite (CaSO42H20). With two extra water molecules, this form is more water soluble than the anhydrite form (CaSO4). This improved solubility means that uptake into the turfgrass plant occurs much quicker. The dihydrite form of gypsum also provides increased application flexibility for year-round soil remediation versus standard anhydrite forms of gypsum.
Black Gypsum DG 21% is recommended for application after aerification as a top-dress treatment. Product is typically applied at 6 lbs. per 1000 ft2, and can be mixed directly in with sand for easy application. For complete application instructions, consult product label.
DG Lime and DG Gypsum are premium specialty soil amendments. DG Lime provides plant-essential calcium and magnesium, while increasing soil pH. In addition to calcium, DG Gypsum also provides sulfur, which stimulates soil microbiology while reducing soil pH. Both products feature Dispersing Granule Technology, which ensures quick breakdown of the granules with no residual left behind for potential mower pickup.
DG Lime and DG Gypsum are recommended for application after aerification as a top-dress treatment. Typical application rates range from 25-40 lbs. per 1000 ft2, and can be mixed directly in with sand for easy application. For complete application instructions, consult product labels.
Basic Aerification Programs
Understanding that there are many ways to approach your aerification fertility program, we’ve outlined a few of the product combinations we recommend.
ONE PRODUCT // ONE APPLICATION
Genesis Rx Zeolite+ 3-4-3
Apply at 30 lbs./1000 ft2 following aerification
ONE PRODUCT // TWO APPLICATIONS
Genesis Rx 5-7-5
Apply at 7.5 lbs./1000 ft2 two weeks prior to aerification
Apply at 7.5 lbs./1000 ft2 following aerification
TWO PRODUCTS // TWO APPLICATIONS
Genesis Rx 5-7-5
Apply at 10 lbs./1000 ft2 two weeks prior to aerification
Genesis Rx Zeolite+ 3-4-3
Apply at 10 lbs./1000 ft2 following aerification
The Turf Nutrition Tool (TNT) is a web-based platform that allows turf managers to create custom nutrition programs and model the nitrogen release of many of our most popular granular and foliar products.
This latest version of the TNT has been completely reimagined to include:
• A mobile-friendly tool accessible from any device
• A dramatically-improved user experience
• The ability to create, save, and share custom turf nutrition programs
• New product listings (Contec DG® – Gen 3, Foltec® SG, HCU™ – Humic Coated Urea, etc.)
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