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Grassroots Turf Care Update

Posted on 3rd November, 2018

Update at Grassroots Turf Care


After whats been a very busy Summer and Autumn period so far we have a lot going on behind the scenes.



First is a slight name change from Grassroots Sportsturf to Grassroots Turf Care which is more in line with the wider services we provide. We still provide services to sports but also offer domestic and commercial services. This includes turf care maintenance, sports turf maintenance, turf consultants, amenity product suppliers.



We are having a new website built and are delighted that Supersimple websites in Glasgow have shown that they can build what we require. This will showcase our services plus give our products a home where they will be easy to find and laid out in a more modern format. New email addresses and domain name will be used however we will point this website to the new one for existing customers.


Our new website will have lots more to it, with a newsletter and more regular blogs and articles.


We have been busy expanding our range of services as well as purchasing new machinery to meet the demands. 


Our artificial lawns are proving very popular and with being suppliers of artificial grass, we can pass on a saving to our clients. This is a feature of our business, supplying our own products through our distributors which means we can control what we apply and use the correct item for situation. This means we can tailor our turf maintenance programmes to suit.


Keep checking back for updates and we look to launch new website and marketing in December 

Spraying Services

Posted on 3rd October, 2018

Spraying Services














Spraying for Bellshill FC


We offer the complete spraying service, covering Scotland


We are fully qualified and licensed to carry out spraying. Services we provide are


  • Liquid fertiliser & Bio stimulant spraying
  • Selective weedkilling
  • Total weedkilling
  • Moss & Algae Control

We can offer spraying for grass, artificial grass and hard courts. We can spray Tennis courts to control algae a common problem.


Talk to us today and we can provide free advice and a quotation


We provide an affordable service





The Soil Biology Soil Based System. SOS.


Soil Biology system










Introduction to our unique, systems approach, to Amenity Turf.


We provide a very safe system to controlling plant organic matter in your turf.


We utilise soil biology & soil microbes to break down thatch & control disease.  This reduces disruption to your playing surfaces, which is a common practise with hollow coring and excessive sand dressings.


All our products are organic, acidic bio-stimulants which add to the safety of the green keepers, golfers & wildlife. The lower pH improves the performance of the gram-positive fungi which work tirelessly for you, reducing thatch & working to exclude the parasitic disease fungi. 


Here is a couple of products from our range:


Our NutriZorb, volcanic mineral provides a solid foundation, at a minimum of 4 tonnes per hectare. It supports the microbes with its honey combe shape & adsorbs ammonium (NH4+), the food source for microbes. It assists percolation so that you can play on your greens, right through the winter.


Our All-Weather Penetrant is cost effective to spray on sports pitches, fairways & greens to keep them dry & playable throughout the autumn/winter.

(No more temporary greens).


All our products have very low salt indexes which proves their safety, even to the soil microbes. This is a key to keeping the system, soil rootzone healthy to allow the microbes to multiply & to survive right through adverse conditions.


We utilise a high quality Leonardite as our base feed. SB Foundation HFU (Humic, Fulvic & Ulmic Acids) This product has a low pH to neutralise the high pH of your sand dressings.


Most of our nutrition is provided by our unique Flex Range of Amide based, foliar feeds which have a slow release in the plant. This provides even growth throughout the season. These foliar feeds also provide rich acidic exudates which feed the microbes & increase depth of rooting. The low pH of our products is critical to ensure that your spray tank water remains acidic. This helps to neutralise bicarbonates which hinder the plants ability to take up nutrition. The foliar feed can be sprayed at 200 L to 300 L water volume per hectare. This will improve your productivity.



Alongside our soil-based system: -


2) Foliar applied IPM Strategy.


Our IPM strategy & product portfolio consists of a range of disease preventative foliar sprays that utilises technology that stimulates the plants own immune system to fight off disease. This IPM package promotes growth & health of the plant over the autumn/winter period. 


Talk to us today and find out how our system will benefit your sportsturf.


We offer Advice, Annual Maintenance Programmes, Maintenance, Products


Carbon load your soil profile this Autumn

Posted on 3rd September, 2018


Below is a paper on Soil Carbon, which is very relevant to Turf Managers. We need to start Carbon loading our rootzone, starting from September through the winter period. This will enable our surfaces to get off to a good start in the Spring.

How should we manage our soils to increase soil carbon?
Key Points

Understanding the question

Managing soil carbon

Key Points
  • Soil organic carbon is the basis of soil fertility and is a part of soil organic matter
  • It plays a key role in soil health through biological, physical and chemical functions
  • Increasing organic matter in soil increases the amount of carbon in soil, and a wide range of soil health benefits result
  • The amount of organic carbon in soil is a balance between the inputs and outputs of carbon
  • Building soil carbon can take a long time
Understanding the question
Why is it important to me as a turf manager?
  • Soil carbon has declined significantly in many soils since they were cultivated for cropping - consequently these soils may be less able to supply nutrients to meet plant demand
  • High levels of organic carbon helps to maintain agricultural production through its positive role in maintaining soil health, raising fertility, reducing erosion and encouraging soil biota
  • Soil organic carbon (SOC) is considered the basis of soil fertility
  • Soils with higher SOC levels are generally more fertile, more productive and easier to manage than low SOC levels

Background to soil organic matter and soil carbon
  • Soil carbon, or soil organic carbon as it is more accurately known, is the carbon stored within soil
  • Carbon makes up approximately 60% of the soil organic matter (SOM), with the remaining 40% of SOM containing other important elements such as calcium, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen
  • SOM is commonly, but incorrectly used interchangeably with SOC
  • Soil carbon enters the soil as soil organic matter
  • Soil organic matter is made up of plant and animal materials in various stages of decay
  • Un-decomposed materials on the surface of the soil, such as leaf litter, are not part of the organic matter until they start to decompose
  • SOM makes up only a small fraction of the soil (normally 2 to 10% - compared to minerals which make up the bulk of soil), but plays a very important role
  • SOM and SOC are a very diverse collection of materials that decay at different rates
  • SOM retains moisture (humus holds up to 90% of its weight in water), and is able to absorb and store nutrients
  • SOM is the primary food source for microorganisms and other forms of soil life in dryland agriculture
  • Organic matter quality is important, as incorporating large amounts of high-carbon material (i.e. wheat stubble) can deprive plants of soil derived nitrogen in the short term
  • Organic matter contributes to the development of the darker friable topsoil that retains moisture and cycles nutrients for plant growth
  • The value of organic matter in soil health is hard to overestimate in that it can:
    • provide ground cover
    • increase soil stability
    • assist in cycling nutrients
    • provide habitat and erosion control
  • Farming practices that reduce soil organic matter such as burning, tillage, overgrazing and continuous cropping run the risk of contributing to a decline in soil condition which may not become evident for many years
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Carbon in agricultural systems
  • Soil organic carbon (SOC) is the basis of sustainable agriculture
  • It is cycled through the atmosphere, through plants and animals, and through the soil
  • The production of food affects the amount of carbon in the soil as harvesting plant and animal products removes carbon from the agricultural system
  • By increasing the amount of carbon stored in the soil, we could significantly offset the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and also improve the health of our soil
  • Increasing organic matter in soil increases the amount of carbon in soil, and wide range of soil health benefits result

How much carbon can be stored in soils?
  • There are a whole range of SOC levels in different soils
  • For the surface soils, SOC ranges from about 10% in the alpine soils to less than 0.5% in the desert soils. In the Corangamite regions, SOC is estimated to be about 3-5% in grazing systems and 2-3% in cropping systems
  • The amount of SOC stored in the soil profile can be considerable. For example, if there is 1% SOC over 30 cm soil depth, the amount of SOC stored over 1 hectare of land can weigh about 42 tonnes. Usually, the surface layer has the highest level of SOC which decreases with depth down the soil profile. The actual amount of SOC present in a soil is dependent on a number of factors
  • The amount of SOC stored in soil is the difference between all SOC inputs and losses from a soil
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Factors affecting soil carbon level
  • Determined by factors such as rainfall, temperature, vegetation and soil type
  • The main inputs of SOC to soil in rain-fed farming systems are from plant material, such as crop residues, plant roots, root exudates and animal manure
  • Losses of SOC from soil are from decomposition by microorganisms, erosion of surface soil and off-take in plant and animal production
  • Decomposition and SOC:
    • Occurs when microorganisms use SOC in soil to obtain the carbon, nutrients and energy they need to live
    • During decomposition, SOC is lost from soil because microorganisms convert about half of the SOC to carbon dioxide gas (CO2). Without continual inputs of SOC, the amount stored in soil will decrease over time because SOC is always being decomposed by microorganisms
  • Erosion of surface soil and SOC:
    • Losses of SOC from erosion of surface soil can have a large impact on the amount of SOC stored in soil
    • This is because OC is concentrated in the surface soil layer as small particles that are easily eroded
    • In Australian agriculture, erosion can cause the annual loss of 0.2 t/ha of soil from a pasture, 8 t/ha from a crop and up to 80 t/ha from bare fallow
  • Off-take of OC in plant and animal production is also an important loss of OC from soil. Harvested materials such as grain, hay, feed and animal grazing all represent loss of OC (and nutrients) from soil

Soil organic carbon in the Corangamite region
  • Although there is very limited information available on soil organic carbon levels in the Corangamite region at this stage, preliminary results have shown that higher organic carbon levels are likely in higher rainfall areas featuring long-standing perennial vegetation, with minimal agricultural land use
  • Figure 1 illustrates the difference in soil organic carbon levels at a farm scale under different management practises
Figure 1 - Two soils from neighbouring paddocks, soil ’A’ has high organic carbon levels, while soil ‘B’ has lower carbon levels due to poor land management practises
     - Source: CCMA

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Managing soil carbon
What is the best practice?


    Soil OM is in a constant state of turnover, where it is decomposed and replaced by new organic material. Therefore the balance between inputs and the rate of loss will determine the relative flux in SOM content. In many instances, SOM is still declining and in ‘negative feedback’ mode – thus current land management is typically taking more from the system than it returns.
  • Eliminate unnecessary cultivation (introduce zero or minimum tillage)
  • Include pasture rotations where possible and use pastures in the inter-rows for tree crops and vines. Plant perennial species where possible
  • Adopt appropriate grazing management strategies that minimise the impact of grazing on soil structure and maximise organic matter returns
  • Maintain and conserve ground cover - To maximise wind erosion control, stubble should cover a minimum of 70% of the soil surface, preferably be standing (anchored by roots)
  • Grow high yield, high biomass crops and pastures, and in continuous cropping systems maximise crop frequency to increase organic matter returns to the soil
  • Maintain soil fertility with inorganic and organic fertilisers to maximise production
  • If available locally, import manure/compost or other organic amendments
  • Monitor to assess whether management change is depleting or restoring the carbon resource
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How can you achieve this?
Managing soils to improve soil carbon:
  • The CSIRO has investigated management strategies for building soil carbon, and rated each practice for its potential to increase soil carbon levels (Kirkegaard et al 2007)
  • The levels of positive (+) or negative (-) influence are indicated for each practice
  • It is advised that farmers should increase soil carbon to enhance productivity first, rather than focus on the potential of carbon as a financial stream in carbon markets
Pasture leys/perennial pastures (+++)
  • Ley farming is a system of rotating crops with legume or grass pastures to improve soil structure and fertility and to disrupt pest and disease lifecycles. It has been practised in many parts of the world for centuries
  • For the practice to be successful, it must be well managed
  • Provided for rapid C build-up
  • Perennial plants provide a constant C input
  • No disturbance
  • Recycling residues/manure
  • Less erosion
Organic amendments ( ++ )
  • The return of manure and recycled organic materials to the soil is considered the practice with greatest potential to increase SOC levels
  • Can be difficult in extensive agriculture, but the use of recycled organic materials is gaining momentum in the Corangamite region
  • Its ability to improve soil carbon levels depends on the amendments “quality” – mature composted products are best
Fertiliser ( ++ )
  • Improved C stabilisation (N,P,S)
    • Studies in the GHCMA region (Kirkby 2010) demonstrate that sequestering carbon into the stable SOC pool requires predictable amounts of N, P and S and that carbon sequestration will be limited when these nutrients are insufficient despite large amounts of carbon input
  • Increased plant productivity
    • A healthy growing, well managed perennial species is one of the best practices to enhance soil carbon
  • A healthy plant contributes increased residue inputs
Irrigation ( ++ )
  • Increased decomposition rates
    • More rapid breakdown of organic matter in the soil to the more stable humus state
  • Increased plant productivity
  • Increased residue inputs
Green/brown manure ( ++ )
  • Increased residue inputs
  • Depends on crop and tillage used
Stubble retention ( + )
  • Increased residue inputs
    • Generally, stubble retention without other changed practices will contribute to a maintenance of soil carbon levels, rather than an increase
  • Depends on grazing/tillage used
Rotations ( 0 - + )
  • Residue input and quality is key
    • Contributes to a more diverse microbial community
  • Diversity may increase yield
  • Large, deep rooted plants are best for increasing SOC
Agri-chemicals ( 0 )
  • Effects on biology are short term
  • Unlikely to influence soil C
Tillage ( - )
  • Detrimental to SOC levels
  • Increased disturbance/soil mixing
  • Residue burial speeds decomposition
  • Can influence water and temperature
  • Increased erosion risk
Erosion ( -- )
  • Carbon and nutrients are removed and lost off-site
Fallowing ( --- )
  • No C inputs
  • Microbial respiration continues
  • Moist soil favours decomposition
  • Cultivation favours decomposition
  • Higher erosion risk
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Management within the Corangamite region:
  • Only a minority of pastures are predominantly perennial species
  • Increasing the proportion of perennial species in pastures will increase organic carbon in soils at depth
  • Perennial species have a much higher biomass and therefore provide greater amounts of organic carbon to the soil
  • Grazing regimes that encourage pasture regeneration, such as ‘graze and spell rotation’, are effective contributors to the maintenance of higher organic carbon levels
  • Maintaining soil organic carbon levels is as important in cropping paddocks as it is in pasture paddocks
  • Stubble retention contributes to the maintenance of higher carbon levels in soils. Incorporating pasture phases into the rotations also helps maintain higher organic carbon levels
  • The use of organic fertilisers/amendments to supplement inorganic fertilisers has the greatest potential to enhance soil carbon levels in the Corangamite region

Case Study
Soil carbon in cropping and pasture systems of Victoria – Preliminary results
Other related questions in the Brown Book


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Affordable Sports Turf Maintenance

Posted on 27th August, 2018

Sportsturf Maintenance at Affordable Rates!


We cover all types of sports turf maintenance from linemarking up to regular weekly maintenance. We can maintain your surface all year round plus cover the renovations too.


Or if you require just some advice and a programme to work to please get in touch. Our background is working at Premiership level as well as lower league so we can appreciate budgets at all levels and help clubs maximise what they have to spend, more importantly helping to produce a good surface for your desired sport.


We have won awards during our owners stint down south as a Head Groundsman in Southampton. Twice voted best pitch by the Hampshire FA, IOG Runner up Sports Facility of the Year, FA 3rd placed National Pitch of the year and FA Highly Commended National Pitch of the year.


We cover the Central belt in Scotland however we can travel further on request.


We can also offer a Consultancy service and with the advantage of having our own product range, we can pass on savngs to our clients.


We can also supply a soil analysis service and recommend a programme of nutrition to keep your pitch healthy all year round



NutriZorb has many important functions for Turf Managers, Landscapers, Compost Makers, Nursery Growers, Sportsturf Contractors, Organic Growers and Farming.


The product was tested at Portsmouth University by Prof. Paul Cox. Where it was confirmed to have the highest ammonium adsorbtion capability. This attracts microbes who perform many important functions including reducing NH4+ and make Nitrates for plants.

NutriZorb will also

  • Provide shelter for microbes  with its porous structure
  • Retain nutrients avoiding them being washed down through the growing medium
  • Provide firm surfaces, drawing excess moisture down
  • Retain enough moisture for plants in the area where required
  • Relieve compaction
  • Avoid transplant shock
  • Provide nutrients with essential nutrients and minerals available in the NutriZorb


Some of the uses for Horticulture and Sportsturf include

  • Nurseries for potting up
  • Landscapers for planting Trees & Shrubs (avoid transplant shock), ideal turfing on areas that will get lots of foot traffic, reinforcement
  • Sports Pitches, areas of heavy wear, Linesmans runs, goal areas, aeration
  • Compost Makers, aeration, nutrient retention
  • Sportsturf Contractors: Drainage improvements, pitch establishment
  • Farmers and Growers; Nutrient value.


The above are some of the benefits of NutriZorb and as you can read the benefits support a wide range of users. We have many great success stories with NutriZorb.

NitriZorb comes in different grades from fine dust, through to 4-6mm large granules

We currently have our large 4-6mm NutriZorb on offer at £330 per ton (inc vat) Delivered to site  

Contact us with any queries.

Fine Turf Rescue Programme

Posted on 1st August, 2018

Now that we are getting moisture in the ground and fine turf areas need revitalising. We have a programme to restore these affected areas.


Overseed areas with Fescue Blend. Grass seed


Spray with SB Springload 5.0.5 + CPPA


Spray with SB Infuser Soil penetrant.


Please contact us for more information on products and for prices.


Grassroots Sportsturf providing Organic products to maintain fine turf and help maintain surfaces at a reasonable cost to suit all budgets


Soil Biology Products 

Artificial Golf Grass & Bunker Liners

Posted on 30th July, 2018

Artificial Golf and Lawn Grass plus Bunker LIner Suppliers


Here at Grassroots Sportsturf we suply artificial golf grass suitable for all surfaces; from practice greens, tees, pathways to tee mats. We also supply buner liners. We have artificial grass for lawns and other areas be it for corporate events and displays Please see some pictures below. All products are in our shop and prices are a guide price. Please contact us with your requirements and we can quote more accurately to your requirements.


Bunker linersBunker Liner














Path artificial grass

  Artificial grass for paths











Fringe grass

  Can be used for golf fringes or Lawns















Tee grass Golf Tee Mat.












All our artificial golf grass comes in rolls and we can cover all areas for delivery of the U.K. Please contact us with your requirements


Suitable for Golf Courses, Driving ranges, Sports facilities and Domestic Lawns.

We are early into the programme at Stirling Albion F.C of overcoming black layer and poor rooting however early signs are that we are getting results


Rooting Rooting Improvement

























When we first took profile samples, back in March there was very little deep rooting and black layer evident. The previous programme was using inorganic feeds. Graeme Glenn Head Groundsman at Stirling Albion F.C wanted to change and improve the pitch and sought our advice.


We took soil samples and completed a detailed analysis, which helped us compile a programme for the year.


Early days but the signs are encouraging.


Post removations, we have applied the following


SB HFU Foundation, a source of Leonardite containing,Carbon,  Humic, Fulvic and Ulmic acids. This has many benefits and we have seen a denser sward, nutrient retention and moisture retention.


SB PolyCr 25.5.13 granular organic feed


SB FelexBio 18.0.3  Foliar Feed and Bio Stimulant


SB Infuser Wetting agent and soil penetrant. Derived from the Yucca plant


SB Fulvic Acid 40% for stress relief and as a chelator.


Stirling Albion F.C using Soil Biology

















With the hot and dry weather it is proving difficult to get the amount of irrigation required onto the pitch a battle many groundsmen and greenkeepers will be facing at present. Graeme is doing an excellent job in these conditions and the products applied will all help. 


We will post further information and photos of how the programme is developing.


If you require any information or a site visit to discuss your requirements then please get in touch.

Springload why its good for the plant

Posted on 17th July, 2018

product springload SB Springload 5.05 + CPPA



  SB Springload is a triple  filtered high quality carbohydrates and amino acids developed for use in amenity turf and for plants .Contains Molasses.


 It also acts as an effective bio stimulant as well as providing an amino source of nitrogen that can be taken up by the plant through the leaf. which fills your plants with a range of essential plant micro nutrients keeping the plant healthy to keep growing beautifully.








  planter with springloadPlanter in Glasgow applied with SB Springload 5.0.5 + CPPA



  We applied Springload to our customers planters with our  product as with the extreme hot weather we are having at the minute, their planters were needing some TLC.


Needless to say our customer was over the moon with how healthy and vibrant their planters were looking after using our product.






Springload 5.05.+CPPA is completely organic and is compatible with most inorganic & organic bio stimulants and pesticides.


1l springload


  SB Springload in 1L Bottle



  As well as our 5L bottle we also have our Springload come in 1L bottles ideal for domestic use, you can apply Springload  as often as  required in the growing season.


 Grassroots Sportsturf have a range of SB products on our website designed not only for the plant but also for your lawns keeping them well nourished and healthy.