In addition to fall aeration and fertilizer applications, we recommend adding Aquaritin Foliar Spray to all your fall fertilizer application before putting your course to bed for the winter. Aquaritin is a nano scale foliar nutrient formulation that will prepare the plant more efficiently for the winter stress. Aquaritin contains micronized Silica which has been proven to be an effective tool in reducing disease severity. Golf Course Superintendents have found that an increased Aquaritin application during fall from 5 to 7.5ml/1000 offers enhanced protection during winter. Aquaritin can also help protect your turf from crown dehydration and winter segregation patterns.
All metals contain varying degrees of plant protection in their structure – specifically Mn, B, and Zn. Aquaritin offers these and other metals in a balanced nano-scale formulation.
Aquaritin can enhance root development after summer decline allowing the plant to build a carbohydrate advantage heading into winter. Root development is key to feed the plant throughout the winter.
Bio-available plant nutrients in Aquaritin increase cell count and density leading to better resistance against winter traffic, wet/waterlogged areas and emergence of winter diseases. Although photosynthesis and chlorophyll production are minimal in winter, they do occur. The presence of Aquaritin and its balanced nutrition will enhance photosynthesis at a time of year when it is very important for the plant. The plant understands the protective potential of silicon, even if we don’t. When a disease begins, the plant directs all available silicon to the attack site to strengthen the surrounding cells and stop or slow the spread of the pathogen. There is a problem here, however, because silicon is immobile once incorporated into the cell wall. It must be in constant supply so that the plant can utilize it at these times. Most soils contain less than half of the soluble silicon required, so there can be significant benefits in foliar spraying silicon at the first sign of a disease. This can stop the spread of the disease and many are successfully using this strategy.
Silica is absorbed into the plant tissue and deposited into the epidermis layer of each cell within about 24 hours. This layer acts like the mortar in a brick or stone wall, holding the shape and structure of the cells.
With this added silicon, the plant is not only strong but it now contains a permanent additional layer of silicon that stays in place for the life of the cell. This is why it’s important to provide a continual supply of Aquaritin throughout the life of the plant so each new cell receives this treatment.