Soil-Zyme™ for biochemical soil renovation

Bio-energizer for your soil

Soil-Zyme™is a powerful biochemical soil activator and soil treatment designed for the turf and horticulture industries.

What Soil-Zyme™ controls and how

Soil-Zyme™ helps control the following turf related problems:

Surface algae and moss

Grass growing in moist or humid conditions with low light intensity and poor drainage is usually plagued with either or both of these conditions, particularly in situations where there are plenty of nutrients available. Soil-Zyme™ action quickly decomposes algae plants into carbon and eliminates any new spores in the soil. Generally speaking, algae or moss growing on the surface is often an indication of other problems developing further beneath.

Excess Thatch.

Is an accumulated layer of dead and decaying stolons, rhizomes and clippings immediately below the surface. It is often hydrophobic and results from the inability of soil fungi to break down and decompose plant lignin present in dead plant matter at a rate faster than it is produced. Decomposition of lignin is always a very slow process, achievable only by fungi in the soil. When turfgrass is under intense management pressure to perform at a high level, it produces plant material at a faster rate than the soil fungi can decompose it. Bacterial decomposition is extremely rapid by comparison and soil bacteria enhanced with Soil-Zyme™ complete the process of thatch decomposition far more efficiently and can reduce, or even eliminate the need for disruptive mechanical renovation.

Fungal diseases

Symptoms of most fungal diseases appear on or near a turf surface. Once diseases have manifest in their respective observable forms the grass will have either already died or declined beyond recovery. If disease pathogens are already present, Soil-Zyme™ bio-activation process will quickly consume them and stimulate the grass re-grow into the affected areas quickly. Prevention is better than cure with fungal disease and regular treatment with Soil-Zyme™ will enable the local soil bacteria keep them in balance and prevent it re-establishing.

Hydrophobic soil

The surfactant in Soil-Zyme™ helps moisture to penetrate and weaken the waxy coating surrounding fungal spores. These are the major cause of water repellant or hydrophobic soil in organically rich soils. As the local bacteria become enhanced with enzymes from Soil-Zyme™ they are able to completely break down the waxy coating and attack and kill the spore inside. This is a more permanent way to control dry patch than spraying it with surfactants that need to be added regularly. Use of surfactants merely displaces the wax and grease to lower levels in the soil. They cannot eliminate the cause but reduce the symptoms near the surface temporarily and eventually cause soil to tighten up and compact.

Soil compaction.

As the bacterial breeding and organic decomposition process accelerates, it breaks down bondage agents such as grease and wax, and produces very large amounts of carbon di-oxide. Increased CO2 pressure lifts the soil (like dough rising with yeast). More oxygen is drawn in from the atmosphere to fuel the process as carbon di-oxide production increases thus aerating and de-compacting soil. Gas exchange rates are raised to around 6 cubic metres per square metre, per minute for a period of about 4 weeks after application. When used as directed, Soil-Zyme™ will reduce and often eliminate the need for disruptive and expensive deep soil maintenance practices such as coring and vertidraining.

Black layer

Black-layer is a layer of accumulated grease, waxes, fungal residues and sulphide deposits in an anaerobic (oxygenless) environment. It is observable anywhere between 25 to 250 mm below the surface. Anaerobic bacterial decomposition from black-layer gives off methane and hydrogen sulphide gas, both of which are antagonistic to plant growth and acidify the soil. Hydrogen sulphide gas is what causes the noxious odour associated with black-layer. As Soil-Zyme™ makes its way down through the soil and the enzyme enhanced bacteria breed faster and faster, they consume all foreign elements they come across including anaerobic bacteria and the materials mentioned above which accumulate to form black-layer. The process aerates the soil and continues deeper until all the anaerobic bacteria and residues have been reduced to humic acid. With the removal of methane and hydrogen sulphide gasses the soil pH returns to normal and grass roots are able to penetrate deeper as a result.

Humic Acid

The end product from aerobic bacterial decomposition in soil is organic carbon or humic acid. This base element is essential for healthy plant growth and proper nutrient assimilation.

More information

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Hale School lake

A five million litre lake at Hale School is used as a water storage from which all of the School's turf and gardens are irrigated. In October and January of each year, 75 litres of Soil Zyme is added to the lake so that all the irrigated areas benefit.

Turf at Hale School

Renowned for its quality as a sporting surfaces, the turf at Hale School benefits from easier wetting and more vigorous growth attributed to the Soil Zyme.

Hale School turf treated

At Aquinas College, the incorporation of Soil Zyme into the maintenance program has helped to present the turf on the College's main playing fields in a uniformly green and vigorous sward.

Dramatic turf color improvement

In research trials conducted by Sports Turf Technology at Curtin University, Soil Zyme treated plots produced dramatic improvements in colour in less than a week. This picture shows a Soil Zyme treated plot sorrounded by untreated turf.

Turf plot trial

A general view of a replicated plot trial being conducted by Sports Turf Technology at Curtin University