Terreplex™ is a carbon-rich acidifier derived from the lignin in trees. It is a natural organic polymer, fully biodegradable, non-phytotoxic, non-corrosive, and economical for use on turf. It reduces bicarbonate levels, helping convert bound minerals into plant-available forms while acting as a complexing agent to improve absorption.
Terreplex contains over 3 lbs of carbon per gallon – more than any other leading product – providing the energy source needed to stimulate soil microbial activity. Users can expect to see enhanced turf nutritional program efficiency, increased cation exchange capacity, and improved soil structure.
- Reduce bicarbonates and/or unwanted salts more
Bicarbonates, and other anions like carbonates, found in many sources of irrigation water can affect soil properties by increasing their salinity and affecting the ratios of exchangeable sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Terreplex can counteract the bicarbonates by injecting into irrigation systems to neutralize the water, or by spray applications directly to the soil.
- Stimulate soil microflora by providing a carbon source
(> 3 pounds of carbon/gallon) more
The by-products of the breakdown of the lignosulfonate/lignosulfonic acid in Terreplex are carbohydrates, sugars and other carbon-containing compounds. These compounds provide a food source for beneficial microbes living in the soil. Research indicates the numbers of soil microorganisms can increase two- to eight-fold within weeks of lignosulfonate/lignosulfonic acid application. Stimulating soil microbes to greater activity has shown to help breakdown organic matter, aid in conversion of fertilizer to available forms, improve soil structure, and reduce the severity of disease caused by soil-borne pathogens.
- Maintain a more neutral soil pH more
Turf managers can maintain a more neutral soil pH by applying Terreplex directly to the soil or by injecting Terreplex into irrigation water. Research indicates that soil pH is reduced following applications of lignosulfonate/lignosulfonic acid.
- Convert locked nutrients like calcium into forms that are more available to plants more
Decreasing soil pH unlocks many plant nutrients like calcium from insoluble, non-plant available forms, making them available to plants. However, it is not enough just to unlock plant nutrients as some forms are more plant available than others and some leach more readily than others. Terreplex converts plant nutrients like Ca and Mg to organic, lignosulfonate forms that remain plant available with minimal leaching.
- Chelate micronutrients like iron to improve plant availability more
The lignosulfonate compounds in Terreplex are natural chelating agents that have the potential to increase the availability of micronutrients.
- Inpact fertilizer inputs more
Terreplex has the potential to reduce fertilizer inputs by:
- Unlocking plant nutrients from non-plant available forms by neutralizing bicarbonates and adjusting pH
- Stimulating soil microbes resulting in improved nutrient availability
- Improving plant uptake of micronutrients through chelation
- Economical, alternative carbon source for turf nutrition programs more
As Terreplex provides over 3 lbs of carbon per gallon, it is a rich source of carbon for stimulating microbial activity in the soil. It therefore has the potential to replace other carbon-rich stimulant products in a turf management program, resulting in cost savings.
- Open soil pores and improve flocculation more
Applying acid directly to soil or acidifying irrigation water accelerates the dissolution of minerals containing calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. As these minerals dissolve, they release ions into the soil that promote clay flocculation, improve soil permeability and increase fertility. Improved flocculation and permeability aids in air and water movement in the soil.
- Non-phytotoxic and safe to handle more
Terreplex can be safely applied by spraying directly on turf, and is not classified by DOT as a hazardous material. It does not require special storage or handling for injection or spray applications.
- Descalent for irrigation lines more
Terreplex can be used as a descalent to clean deposits from irrigation lines. Normal use rates and intervals can prevent deposition. Higher rates may be required to clean out previously clogged lines.