New soil improver claims to reduce water use on turf by 80%

A two-part liquid soil treatment with the ability to reduce water and fertiliser use on turf by up to 80% has been launched in the UK.

Golf courses reduce water usage. Image: Haymarket
Golf courses reduce water usage. Image: Haymarket

Developed for the drought-stricken Australian market, Ultra-Soil Penetrator and Ultra-Soil Retain are attracting attention from public and private golf courses eager to cut down their carbon footprint.

Broxbourne Council recently became the first local authority to buy stock with a view to improving water consumption at Cheshunt Park Golf Course.

Results from trials show that soil quality improves substantially in a short space of time by decompaction and aeration of the soil by these natural, non-chemical products.

The products are being marketed by Ultra-Soil UK a new company set up by former Tottenham Hotspur Groundsman Andy Church and partner Robert Bruerton.

Church said: "We have had the products for about eight months now and we have been doing trials with them. About two months ago we started selling them and the response has been great. Obviously it’s a new product so the approach we have taken is to go out to golf courses and show people what we have got and let them trial it.

"Our products also offer a wide range of benefits including less watering, fertiliser and labour, and lower costs when applied to sports pitches, bowls greens, tennis courts, domestic gardens and vegetable patches. A greater yield of vegetable crops and flowering plants can be produced.

A Broxbourne Council spokesman said the products would help reduce their costs and satisfy their environmental responsibilities.

Ultra-Soil Penetrator acts as an anti compaction soil improvement agent, while Retain maximises the availability of water to and nutrients to the plant.

Both are classified as non chemical.

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