As sports turf consultants we are often asked to solve problems and this this has lead to the development of the Vertmax®turf pigment range.

Vertmax® turf pigment with QDT.

A premium product, Vertmax® pigment has the highest concentration of copper phthalocyanine green on the market. It is designed to extend and enhance the appearance of all turf surfaces. Consequently, it can be applied at rates of 800ml-1L/Ha, and gives an immediate colour response. It is highly tank compatibility, and mixes with pesticides or fertilizers. Quick Dry Technology (QDT), means it is dry within 1 hour and avoids staining clothing as it doesn’t go back into solution.


Vertmax® Duo turf pigment with QDT.

Vertmax® Duo pigment has all of the above as well as containing a unique bio-stimulant package. Applications at label rates have several plant health benefits.

For example, bent and winter grass can only utilize a certain amount of light. This is in the 400-500 μmols m2 s-1 range. Turf becomes photosynthetically saturated when light intensities are above this. During summer months light intensities are over 2,500 μmols m2 s-1. Subsequently, this affects turf performance, wear tolerance, and disease resistance.

A pigment is able to absorb and transmit a given light wavelength and reflect a different wavelength. Applications of Vertmax® pigments still allow for PAR light transmission but at a redcued light intensity. Consequently, as most of the UV light is absorbed or reflected this results in a healthier turf surface.

The benefits of using the Vertmax® turf pigment range are:

  • Vertmax® Duo shades turf and reduces light stress, so minimizing physiological stress;
  • It increases surface temperatures during cool conditions;
  • The Vertmax® range of pigments, all have great tank compatibility. This means they are an ideal tank mix partner;
  • Increase seed germination and growth;
  • Improve turf establishment rate;
  • Increase lateral root branching and lastly
  • Give Increased turf quality results compared to other pigment-containing products.

If you would like more information we have a detailed blog article on using turf pigments.

Vertmax turf pigment and colourant


Vertmax turf colourant and pigment applied at 1L/Ha to ryegrass

The high pigment load means great results at rates as low as 800ml/Ha

Vertmax Duo turf pigment and colourant

Vertmax® Duo

Vertmax applied to a fairway in Canberra

A fairway in Canberra treated with Vertmax® turf pigment.

Vertmax applied to a golf course fairway

A golf fairway in Sydney treated with Vertmax® turf pigment.

Vertmax turf pigment and colourant applied at 1L/Ha on a fairway in Sydney

Vertmax® on a golf fairway in Sydney

Vertmax Duo turf pigment and colourant gives significantly higher turf quality ratings

Turf health after treatment with Vertmax® Duo turf was higher compared to other pigment containing products.

Vertmax® Duo improves germination and growth

Use of Vertmax Duo turf pigment and colourant shows improved turf quality vs Stressgard Exteris

Vertmax® Duo has higher turf quality vs Stressgard® Exteris.

Comparative Trials.

At label rates, Vertmax® gives a more natural and long-lasting colour response, compared to other colourants.


Turf Colourant Transfer.

Trials looking at the effects of temperature on drying times of Vertmax® and a competitor product show:

  • No pigment transfer occurs at 15°C after 1 hour as both are dry and
  • At -2°C no product transfer occurs after 1 hour of drying time.


Vertmax turf pigment at 1L/Ha vs a competitor at 1.25L/Ha

The following are links to further Turf Pigment and Colourant information.

Protecting turf from the sun.

Vertmax® Duo Presentation

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A guide to how to use turf colourants

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Turf pigments and colourants are cost effective alternatives to overseeding. They produce an immediate colour response during dormancy. However, they will not provide a wearable surface like an overseeded turfgrass. Turf pigments can mask light-green grass, blemishes, and dormant turfgrass and can be used on warm-season or cool-season turfgrass.