Evaluation of Two Soil Surfactants for Soil Water Management of Creeping Bentgrass on a Wettable Clay Loam Rootzone During an Imposed Dry-down Period

Gary Nolan, Michael Fidanza

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The use of soil surfactants is an established practice in turfgrass management. However, a reduction in irrigation water inputs has seldom been quantified on a mineral soil. The purpose of this one-season “proof-of-concept” field study was to apply soil surfactants to creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera ‘L-93’) on a clay loam rootzone and measure the amount and frequency of irrigation water needed to maintain a daily volumetric water content (VWC) above 25% with a maximum threshold of 35% during an imposed drydown period. OARS HS (15.9 L·ha1; 5 fl oz·1000 ft2)orPBS150(15.9L·ha1; 5 fl oz·1000 ft2) soil surfactants each were applied three times (30 March, 27 April, 26 May 2016; 28-day interval) prior to a 63-day dry-down period (8 June-9 August 2016). Compared to maintaining untreated plots irrigated to 35% VWC daily or untreated plots irrigated by threshold, plots treated with OARS HS or PBS150 resulted in a mean range of 36.5 to 41.9% reduction in water applied, and a mean range of 41.6 to 69.7% reduction of irrigation events. Use of soil surfactants in this field study resulted in a statistically significant (p, 0.05) savings in both amount and frequency of irrigation water inputs while maintaining acceptable turfgrass quality. Species used in this study: creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stoloniferous L. ‘L-93’). Chemical soil surfactants used in this study: PBS150 (100% polyoxyalkylene polymers; AquaAid Solutions, Rocky Mount, NC); OARS HS (85% octahydroxy polyoxyalkyene polymers, 7.5% amine salt of alkyl substituted maleic acid, and 7.5% inert ingredient; AquaAid Solutions, Rocky Mount, NC).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Environmental Horticulture
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Horticulture

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