Since the genesis and subsequent success of Worm Power Turf many have attempted to copy the success. It's time to weed out the empty and unproven claims and cut right to the facts.
Vermicompost Organic Liquid Extract
From golf courses and city parks to school grounds and athletic fields, there is as broad a range of turf management practices as there are uses for the turf itself. The one element that is universally important regardless of management practices or turf use is healthy soil.
Worm Power Turf is a vermicompost extract that strengthens the physical and biological aspects of soil to improve overall soil health. Improved soil health increases vigor and strength of plants for better stress tolerance. Worm Power Turf delivers a robust and diverse microbial population which aids in enhancing soil fertility. Worm Power Turf is an effective biostimulant that accelerates root initiation, establishment, and development while encouraging nutrient uptake.
Worm Power Turf has been awarded peer-reviewed research grants from State and Federal Agricultural Agencies and this research has demonstrated Worm Power Turf produces stronger, healthier, and more vigorous plants. Worm Power Turf is produced in a tightly controlled environment from beginning to end to ensure a consistent reliable product.
• Enhances availability and uptake of plant nutrients
• Viable source of macro and micro nutrients
• Increases water holding capacity of soil
• Reduces watering frequency
• Surface runoff will not contaminate water supply
• Accelerates root initiation and development
• Encourages pore development in native soils
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Worm Power Turf can be applied to all ornamental plants, trees, turf, lawns, landscape shrubs, and flowers.
Golf, Lawns, and Sports Turf
Maintenance Rate: Apply as a soil spray at 8 ounces per 1,000 ft² in 2 gallons of water (25 L/ha in 800 L) at 15 day intervals or as needed.
Thatch Reduction Rate: To aid in thatch reduction, apply as a soil spray at 16 ounces per 1,000 ft² in 2 gallons of water (50 L/ha in 800 L) at 30 day intervals.
For best results, Worm Power Turf requires season long application programs.
Apply as a foliar spray at 1 ounce per gallon (8 ml/L) weekly throughout the growing season.
Worm Power Turf Research
To determine the effects of Worm Power on turfgrass health and rooting; and analysis of the microbial content in Worm Power
Evaluation Time Frame:
Summer of 2016
North Carolina State University
Four field trials were conducted to determine the effects of Worm Power on turfgrass health and rooting. For the creeping bentgrass plant health trial, an ‘A-1’ creeping bentgrass putting green mowed at 0.135 inches was used. For the bermudagrass plant health trial, a ‘Champion’ ultradwarf bermudagrass putting green mowed at 0.135 inches was used. Plots were rated for turfgrass quality (TQ) on a 1-9 scale (1= dirt, 6= acceptable and 9=perfect), NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) and disease severity (DS) (when disease developed) every two weeks throughout the summer months.
Analysis of microbial content of Worm Power, aliquots of the material were diluted into sterile water. Dilutions ranged from concentrated product to a 106 dilution. The various dilutions were plated on to four different media that allows for quantification of general bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes and florescent pseudomonads. Colonies were counted 48 and 96 hours after plating to determine counts of the organisms listed above.
In the two health studies it was very interesting that the Worm Power treatments showed significantly higher NDVI readings, especially in the creeping bentgrass study. NDVI is used as another measure of turfgrass quality and in our experience we have never seen NDVI separate out this well before. Therefore a higher number would equal a plant that is more tolerant of stress.
The plating experiment demonstrates that WormPower has enough microbial material in it to have an effect in turfgrass systems. Turfgrass systems typically have 107or 108 bacterial cells in soil and 105 fungal cells in soil. Therefore Worm Power actually is competitive when making these applications, but based on the microbial status of each site the product may take a year or two before desirable results are observed.
Figure 1. Influence of Worm Power on creeping bent grass health. All NDVI measurements taken throughout the summer are summarized as Area Under the Curve Values on the X-axis. Bars with the same letters are not statistically different according to Fisher’s Protected LSD.
Table 1. Enumeration of microbial organisms in Worm Power using a spread plate dilution method. Data presented is the estimated number of colonies of each microbial group based on counts from each dilution performed. The limitation here is only those organisms that will grow in culture are counted. Presumably there could be many more that cannot be cultured.
Enhancing nutrient uptake has been one of the benefits of using Worm Power Turf. Now a team lead by James White Jr out of Rutgers University, Department of Plant Biology has shown exactly how this is occurring through the Rhizophagy cycle.
Mike Armstrong, Golf Course Superintendent at Mendon Golf Club in Rochester NY uses Worm Power Turf in his greens agronomic program.