Hydretain in Golf Course and Sports Field Management

Even the most diligent superintendent doesn’t have the time or the resources to maintain optimum soil moisture levels throughout the day. Hydrophobic soils, localized dry spot (LDS), and fluctuations in plant available water due to evaporation, leeching and transpiration, cause turf grasses to experience drought stress. Unfortunately by the time the first visible sign of drought appears the turf grasses’ internal processes (photosynthesis, carbohydrate translocation, cell differentiation, cell elongation, & cell division) have ceased. This complete shutdown of the turf’s physiological processes results in weak, under-developed turf that is prone to diseases, pests, and root shrinkage. Ultimately the overall quality of your turf and course suffers.

Reduce or eliminate drought stress cycles
Enhance nutrient & pesticide efficiency
Control or eliminate dry spot problems
Improve seed germination
Improve transplant establishment
Reduce or eliminate hand watering
Protect non- or poorly-irrigated areas

For use on greens, tees fairways as well as all sports turf. From grow-in throughout on-going maintenance Hydretain is excellent on ornamental plants, shrubs and trees as well.

The Solution: Hydretain

Hydretain manages root zone moisture, making the most efficient use of applied waterings, rain, etc… Its simple mechanism protects turf from the harmful effects of drought stress, reducing disease pressure and root shrinkage. Hydretain will result in healthy, disease resistant turf that will improve the overall quality of your course.

How it works

When the soil moisture content (available moisture) drops to a level in which plants and grasses would normally begin to show signs of drought stress, there is still additional moisture in the soil (unavailable moisture) which is tied to soil particles or as free water molecules within the air space between soil particles. Hydretain converts currently unavailable moisture into available moisture by pulling water molecules together creating microscopic droplets which are then usable by the plant.

A Hydretain molecule has the unique ability to attract, hold, and then transfer water molecules into plant roots. One end of the Hydretain molecule anchors itself to soil particles and root hairs coating their surface. The other end is available to “grab” free water molecules from humid air circulating in the soil, applied waterings, rainfall, etc… Once Hydretain has “grabbed” a water molecule, it releases it into the plant’s root through osmosis preventing it from being lost to evaporation or leaching. Because the Hydretain molecule is too large to fit through the cell wall of the root, it is left behind where it is free to “grab” another water molecule. This process is repeated over and over again, continually supplying the plants with water.

Hydrophobic soils are caused by organic matter (i.e. lipids, proteinaceous compounds, humic acid, fulvic acids, lignins, and suberin) that coat the soil particles and repel water. Because Hydretain is able to adhere to these compounds, water molecules are drawn to these hydrophobic areas, restoring the natural capillary action of the soil matrix that brings plant available water to the root system.



Without Hydretain



Excess Moisture & Disease

Hydretain does not hold excess water in the root zone of your turf and therefore does not promote disease. It also will not change the water holding capacity or percolation of the soil matrix (except in the case of severely hydrophobic soils as above).

Minimizes Localized Dry Spot

Hydretain minimizes localized dry spot by restoring the natural capillary action of the water within the soil matrix. This increases the lateral movement of water in the root zone and brings plant available water to the root system.



With Hydretain





Wetting Agents, Penetrants, Polymers, ETC…

Hydretain is not a wetting agent, polymer, penetrant, or antitranspirant. No other product has the ability to hold and actually attract free water molecules and then release them through osmosis into the roots of your turf. It is a truly unique compound that has no equal.

Increases Watering Efficiency

Hydretain increases watering efficiency by managing root zone moisture throughout the day. In independent tests Hydretain has reduced watering by up to 50%.


Reduces Fungus, Algae & Disease

By reducing over-watering, Hydretain lowers the moisture levels in the thatch layer and minimizes the conditions that cause fungus, algae, and disease.

Environmentally Friendly

Hydretain is all natural, made from food-grade materials and is fully biodegradable. It contains no phosphates, petrochemical derivatives or other toxic fractions, which may cause ground water runoff or contamination.



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