VERTMAX® TURF PIGMENT AND COLOURANT.

Vertmax® turf pigment with QDT.

A premium product Vertmax® turf pigment has the highest loading on the market and is specifically designed to extend and enhance the aesthetic appearance of all turf surfaces. Due to its high concentration of copper phthalocyanine green, it can be applied at rates of 800ml-1L/Ha and gives an immediate colour response. Due to its high degree of tank compatibility, Vertmax turf pigment can be mixed with pesticides or fertilizers. It also contains Quick Dry Technology (QDT) so it is dry within 1 hour and doesn’t go back into solution consequently avoiding staining.

 

Vertmax® Duo with QDT.

Vertmax® Duo offers all of the above together with containing a unique bio-stimulant package. Applications at label rates have several plant health benefits.

Bent and winter grass can only utilize a certain amount of light with this typically in the range of 400-500
μmols m2 s-1. Turf becomes photosynthetically saturated when light intensities exceed this and during summer months light intensities are over 2,500 μmols m2 s-1 which effects turf performance, wear tolerance, and even disease resistance.

A key definition of a pigment is that it must absorb and transmit a given wavelength of light and reflect back a different wavelength. When applications of the Vertmax® range of pigments are made to a turf surface, the pigment layer still allows for the transmission of PAR light. However, its intensity decreases with the majority of UV light being absorbed or reflected which results in a healthier turf surface.

The benefits of using the Vertmax® range are:

  • Vertmax® Duo shades turf and relieves light stress reducing any physiological stress that the turf is under.
  • It increases surface temperatures during cool conditions.
  • Vertmax® Duo has exceptional tank compatibility which means it is an ideal tank mix partner.
  • Increases seed germination.
  • Improves the establishment rate of turf.
  • Increases lateral root branching and lastly
  • Increases turf quality compared to other pigment-containing products.

If you would like more information we wrote a recent blog covering the topic of turf pigments which may be of interest.

Vertmax turf pigment and colourant

Vertmax®

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

By having such a high pigment content it means great results even at rates of 800ml/Ha

Vertmax Duo turf pigment and colourant

Vertmax® Duo

Vertmax applied to a fairway in Canberra

Vertmax® turf pigment application to a fairway in Canberra.

Vertmax applied to a golf course fairway

A golf fairway in Sydney after treatment 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

Plant health after applications of Vertmax® Duo and other pigment containing products.

Using Vertmax® Duo gives better germination and growth

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

Vertmax® Duo turf quality vs Stressgard® Exteris.

Comparative Trials.

At label rates, Vertmax® in comparison to competitor products gives a superior more natural and long-lasting colour response.

 

Turf Colourant Transfer.

In trials looking at the effects of temperature on drying times of Vertmax® and a competitor product.

  • No pigment transfer occurs at 15°C after 1 hour as both are dry.
  • 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.

Presentation on Vertmax® Duo and a free turf pigment/colorant guide.

Vertmax® Duo Presentation

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Download Colourant guide

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Summary

Colourants are a viable cost effective alternative to overseeding that produces an aesthetically pleasing surface during dormancy. However they will not provide a wearable surface like an overseeded turfgrass. Turf pigments can accentuate light-green grass, mask blemishes, and mask dormant turfgrass and can be used on warm-season or cool-season turfgrass.