TurfTech NOWTM introduces the FloWickTM passive capillary drain (PCD) system for use on greens, tees, fairways, and other layered sports turf soils.  Also available in sizes and design applications for gardens, planters, and landscapes.  Helps to ensure a porous, oxygenated root zone for healthy turf and plant growth.

The company, TurfTech NOWTM, was established to help turf management professionals maintain a healthy turf through control of Nutrients, Oxygen, and Water. Generally, the sports turf professional has told us his biggest challenges come from Mother Nature, and those begin with “tight” or “layered” soils and too much water. High moisture, or “spongy”, soil conditions are always a headache, but never more so than during stress periods when grasses wilt all too quickly.  For example almost every golf course superintendent will tell you that somewhere on his course, whether greens, fairways, or tees, he (or she) has a problem controlling moisture in his soil, that at best results in thin turf stands and undesirable playing conditions, and at its worst, complete loss of turf, especially during the summer’s high temperature months.

The solutions for problems created by moisture held in the soil, or capillary fringes, are much different than those used for controlling or diverting surface water, and until now they have not been cost-efficient enough for most turf managers to invest in. These turf professionals have learned to live with or “manage around” their capillary water problems.

But now, Dr. Ed McCoy, Professor at Ohio State University, has developed the licensed FloWick™ system that will drain those problem capillary zones in an economical manner with minimum disruption. This passive capillary drain (PCD) system contains textured fiberglass drainage elements that possess absorption properties matching a sandy root zone soil and provide the flow, or permeability, of a fine gravel. Dr. McCoy’s research has also shown water removed by FloWick’s suction properties would not readily enter any drainage pipe or conventional slit system one could install.  The outcome of his research and testing is the protocol for installing an array of 1-inch-diameter fiberglass elements, set below cup depth when used on greens, and extending into an existing free-flow drainage collector.

 

TurfTech NowTM - Systems designed to fit the problem.