September 15th is a day that is of significant value. One, it is my birthday, which as the years go by, has more significant value it seems. The date was of agronomic significance when I was a golf course superintendent growing Bentgrass here in the Southeast. It was the date that I always circled on my calendar as the day I thought we could see the light at the end of the tunnel after a long season. We always sat down as a team and discussed what did we need to do to recover and make sure we were setting ourselves up for a successful season next year.
In episode 4 of the Solutions4Turf Podcast, Sam Green, President of AQUA-AID Solutions provides insight into the enhanced calcium market, specifically our Verde-Cal Products and the technology behind it, thCa™. Understand soil tests and how soil chemistry can be affected by water quality and mitigating and correcting these issues utilizing the Verde-Cal Products.
Late Summer and Early Fall is a great time of year to use VERDE-CAL products. Turf is generally at its highest stress point and September and October can typically be dry months. VERDE-CAL can offer some relief by releasing calcium and thus conditioning the soil and making other nutrients available. These newly available nutrients can offer your turf some of the relief it needs at a time when it may need it most. It is really about the volume of calcium. By releasing “real pounds” of calcium into the soil structure - in various forms, thorough conditioning of the soil can occur. This may be visually seen as green up, growth, rooting, stress reduction, and perhaps even some disease relief. We do not claim VERDE-CAL products will cure disease, but feedback certainly tells us that the benefit of available calcium can make a difference. Remember, better uptake and translocation of nutrients and water will always benefit the turf and allow the turf to withstand stresses better.
Being an age-old soil amendment, lime has undergone major scrutiny over the years. With regards to solubility and availability, lime must navigate major factors to become justifiable as a so-so soil amendment. These factors are soil moisture, oxygen, and soil and air temperature. Microbial activity helps as well. All the conditions that lead to oxidation. How well has the lime been refined and processed? Many think pulverized lime is the best. This type is very inexpensive, but is it the best form? Can you incorporate it into the profile of the root zone?