Liquid iron and turf hardeners are very popular amongst professional users; these are applied through sprayers, this allows the dosage rates to be reduced whilst maintaining even coverage.
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Liquid Iron & Turf Hardeners
The majority of liquid applications are to provide good colour without the accompanying growth that comes with a fertiliser application. This tends to be done at times of the year when turf is susceptible to disease and young turf in particular if forced with excessive nitrogen comes under attack from turf diseases.
Different products contain formulations that have varying longevity. The better forms are chelated as the iron will not go on to create potential problems but be broken down naturally.
Iron (Fe) – is involved in the synthesis of chlorophyll and is essential for chloroplast and mitochondrial function due to its role within the electron transport chain. Thus, it is required for a wide range of biological functions including enzyme activation and plant respiration.
Sulphur (S) – Primarily used in the formation of amino acids. Sulphur is also necessary for chlorophyll formation and plays a role in the active metabolisation of nitrogen. Important in food, enzyme and chlorophyll production. Increasingly deficient due to clean air laws which have reduced the amount of sulphur in the atmosphere, which would have been carried into soils as acid rain.
Fertilisers containing high percentages of iron and sulphur provide an effective green up of turf surfaces without the risk of causing fresh leaf growth, which would occur following applications of nitrogen. Fresh growth which is then more susceptible to attack by fungal diseases at certain times of the year when soil temperatures are cooler and light levels lower.