New Vancouver soccer field with AxisDE soil amendment. Looks ready for play!
The challenge: Develop new soccer fields designed to hold up to heavy wear
Solution: AxisDE diatomaceous earth soil amendment
When a Vancouver, BC city designed a new natural grass sports field for one of their parks, they were looking to maximize the playing hours and maintain a high quality field throughout the season.
EP Minerals AxisDE (diatomaceous earth soil amendment) was chosen for the project to be incorporated into the sand-based rootzone to reduce water requirements in the summer and permeability in the winter. Veretec, a landscape distributor in BC that works with various architects to promote and supply products to municipalities, schools, led the soccer field project. Absorbpur, EP Minerals' Canadian partner, worked with Veretec to meet the project goals and supply the Axis.
With heavy play and practice schedules, sports fields easily become compacted, resulting in worn or bare turf areas. By adding porosity to the soil with AxisDE soil amendment, sand-based and native soil fields can be amended to allow turf to recover more quickly, and respond faster to regular maintenance.
Improved soil allows fertilizers and insecticides to be more effective, sometimes at lower rates, to produce a better playing surface.
Subhead: The right soil amendment gives you the right results.
Axis promotes deeper root growth and a greater number of roots. A stronger root system helps turf and plants resist disease, drought, and other stress factors. Axis can also reduces water usage while improving the soil. Learn more: https://blog.epminerals.com/how-soil-amendments-can-improve-soil-and-reduce-water-usage
Adding permanent non-compacting pore space with Axis is the key to better turf performance and reduced maintenance requirements. Axis benefits include:
- Increases plant available water.
- Resists compaction
- Increases infiltration
- Results in larger and deeper roots
- Reduced irrigation requirements