Bicarbonate levels are often overlooked in irrigation water analysis. You don’t need a Ph.D. in pH levels to manage bicarbonates, but understanding a little about water chemistry helps. The most important thing when dealing with water issues is that the soil takes on the characteristics of the water. So, analyze your water first, then look at your soil. read more →

Given the increase in the use of reclaimed water for irrigation, some turf managers seek alternative acidification products advertised to improve water quality. Materials historically used for industrial cleaning are now being used to acidify irrigation water that contains bicarbonates and sodium. Although the benefits of using traditional acidifying agents such as sulfuric and N-pHuric acid are well known, the implications of using acid-substitute materials is unclear and warrants further investigation. read more →