Back in 2001, David Mitchell (Mitchell Products) recruited a renowned surfactant chemist, Dr Santi Mane, to help solve a baffling commercial problem. David was in the sand business, and one of his golf products was a dry topdressing mix of sand and peat humates, which when kiln dried became incredibly hydrophobic.
Dr Santi overcame this problem, and in doing so created her masterpiece – Tricure® – 100% wetting agent active ingredient (no solvents or additives), incredibly effective on organic matter & completely safe to turf. Tricure® was subsequently launched to the turf industry and has since become the most renowned treatment for hydrophobic turf dry patch, around the world.
Dr Santi’s resume includes – Professor of Plant Physiology Rutgers University (USA) / Researcher at University of Gulph (Canada) / Research Director at Aquatrols (USA). During her circa 20-year tenure as research director for Mitchell Products, Dr Santi headed product development and with the Mitchell team, formulated a range of products now distributed in professional turf circles, globally.
In chronological order, the honour role of products developed by Dr Santi and their team is as follows:
- Tricure® – strongest wetting agent with low application rates / incredibly effective on difficult to wet organic matter / completely safe to turf foliage and tender root hairs.
- Dewcure® – a plant safe liquid active ingredient, that coats the leaf and prevents moisture adhering to the leaf surface / widely used for field sports played at night.
- Terreplex® – a lignin based, organic, soil acidifier / used to neutralize soil bicarbonates and release bound nutrients, recycling them for uptake by turf roots.
- Terafirm® – pulls free water down from the turf surface into the soil profile, reducing the time to achieve field capacity / faster soil dry-down for access to play, carts, and equipment.
When Living Turf met Mitchell Products in 2014, a relationship quickly formed that was based on technical competence, and an ability to explain complex scientific principles in simple and practical terms. Since then, Living Turf has become one of Mitchell’s leading international distributors, and from our perspective, “we are proud to represent Mitchell’s products, because they always do what they say they will”.
While the best way to learn more about Mitchell Products is to contact your Living Turf representative, it would be remiss not to mention a strategic combination – Tricure® + Terafrm®. With our support Superintendents can combine these two products, using rates and proportions to optimise their golf green speed and uniformity. Like a seesaw, superintendents mix these two products in the one tank, favouring Tricure® over Terafirm® in summer. Conversely in Winter, a mix that favours Terafirm® over Tricure®, will speed dry down in cold and damp situations.
The year-round manipulation of this mix optimises the dry down time in conjunction with lateral soil wetting for golf greens, horse racing tracks, field sports and landscapes.
For more information, please contact your local Living Turf representative or phone 1300 556 116.
Note; Application rates stated in this article are estimates, and will change based on the environment and the specific climatic conditions.