5 Wetting Agents: Choose the Best SoilSurfactant
Choose the Best Soil Surfactant, Wetting Agent or Soil Penetrant for Your Situation
Geoponics offers five different wetting agents, also called soil surfactants or soil penetrants. These are Penterra, Humawet, Duration, Profasorb and HydraHawk. All help to manage water in soil. Soil surfactants break the surface tension between soil water and plant, increasing water availability. Similarly, soil penetrants break surface tension but they also get water moving deep into the soil.
Which Soil Surfactant Is Best for Your Golf Course, Lawn, Garden or Plants?
First look at your soil. Does it seem that it will not hold water?
Or, is water just seemingly running through the soil, and then, it’s quickly dry again?
Likely, you either need to hold more water or get it moving. Add to that in the summer or during warmer weather, you may need more oxygen in soil. Wetting agents can help, but not as much as Agriox. Geoponics’ aerator product, Agriox, is a great alternative to mechanical aeration. It combines well with a soil surfactant to maximize water and oxygen uptake. Learn more here. Call 1-877-ECO-GROW to order. Agriox is designed for large commercial applications. It is easy to use and earth friendly.
See below how to choose a soil surfactant for moving water or retaining water.
Choose the Best Soil Surfactant to RETAIN Water
Retain Water with Humawet, Profasorb or Duration: How to Choose
Humawet is ideal for soil that is quickly losing water due to wind, runoff or drought. This soil surfactant is the most versatile, beneficial for many conditions. It is highly recommended when it’s known you need water, oxygen and nutrient management in soil, but may be in doubt of which to use. It is has some of the benefits of humic matter, including increasing nutrient uptake and decreasing toxins. (More on the benefits of humic acid here. If even more humic acid is desired, consider SoilPlex.)
Humawet is extremely beneficial for soil that is low in organic matter, which may be the case in new construction areas, including new golf greens. Sandy soil is also low in organic matter and can benefit greatly from Humawet.
Humawet is excellent at creating an aerobic environment, which is ideal for plant growth. Visit Humawet.com. Call your sales rep or 1-877-ECO-GROW and ask about larger quantities and discounts.
Profasorb is a another soil surfactant good for holding water, but it differs in its application. First, Profasorb is designed specifically for professional use in a fertigation or drip line irrigation system. Therefore, it is an ideal soil surfactant for use on golf courses to loosen clay, as well as to condition and aggregate soil. Furthermore, Profasorb opens up soil pores for increasing oxygen and water penetration. Golf course superintendents often choose Profasorb to minimize the need for physical aerification, which causes closures, loss of income and other challenges. (Also look at Agriox for adding even more time released oxygen. The two, or any soil surfactant with Agriox, may be purchased together for greater benefits and discounts.) Learn more about Porfasorb at Profasorb.com Contact your sales rep or 1-877-ECO-GROW for sales and to order today.
Duration helps soil to retain water and is the most economical choice for this purpose. It is ideal for home lawn use as well as commercial applications. This wetting agent will also increase oxygen in the soil.
Furthermore, Duration will improve nutrient uptake from soil to plant. If you need to decrease surface tension to get the water to the root zone, Duration will help. This is a fast acting, economical soil surfactant. It will help to reduce localized dry spot, optimize water usage and increase soil as well as plant health. It is available for sale online. Or, visit your distributor or contact your sales rep or call 1-877-ECO-GROW.
Choose the Best Soil Surfactant to MOVE Water
Move Water with Penterra or HydraHawk: How to Choose
Penterra is the fastest-acting, most powerful soil penetrant. For this reason, it is recommended to be used just as directed and in relatively severe situations. A little goes a long way. Choose Penterra when you need to get water moving fast through the soil. This will improve oxygen, aeration and get water off the surface. (NOTE: It is important to use Penterra as recommended on the bottle. This is true in general but particularly important not to use too much Penterra and to flush Penterra from foliage or leaf surfaces immediately after application with water.) Sometimes called the “rain drain,” Penterra acts quickly to move water. It is important to water Penterra into the soil and to get it off the plant leaf surface for best results and for the health of the plant or lawn. Although it is great for home use or professional use, this anionic nature of Penterra makes it a preferred product among professionals who can handle its powerful effects in moving water. Penterra.net View a Flyer PDF: Soil penetrant Penterra
HydraHawk will also move water and is suitable for use in most situations where moving water is needed. Ideal in the most severe climate conditions, HydraHawk contains unique natural surfactants that help the plants utilize water and survive in extreme heat, drought and soil salinity. These unique plant extracts in HydraHawk also provide natural sugars that stimulate beneficial microbial activity in soil. Use HydraHawk for these added soil health benefits. HydraHawk.com
Soil Surfactants: Purchasing Options and Discounts on Large Quantities
For discounts and larger quantities, contact your sales rep or 1-877-ECO-GROW. Email email@example.com for rate quotes and information.
Soil surfactants help to increase oxygen in soil, minimizing the need for physical aerification. Agriox will add even more oxygen to soil profiles as needed, reducing the need to physically aerify the recommended four times or more per year, which may not be possible or may cause unnecessary closures or game delays on golf courses, for example. Add Agriox to your surfactant order and request available specials. Call 1-877-ECO-GROW to order or order through your sales rep.