Organic fertilization of sport fields
Usually an application of organic fertilizers on sport field
areas is often denied, the reason for this being the excessive
development of earthworm population.
These crucial disadvantages appear when using organic-animal components
of the fertilizer. In the case of modern fertilizers on
organic-vegetable basis (like fertilizers of the seed-o-gran line
of Maltaflor) these disadvantages do not arise. Vegetable
materials do not have worm-promoting characteristics like animal
materials. The vegetable raw materials of all Maltaflor products
stem from the food industry and are subject to a high hygiene standard.
Thus also the risk of infection for players is smaller than in the case
of animal materials.
An advantage of organic fertilization compared to mineral fertilizers is
the stimulation of the soil life. A balanced micro organism
population stabilizes the characteristics of the sport fields. This is
very import in the case of mineral-stressed lawn base layers. (Note:
Many organizers of sport fields want to “slim” the top soil by applying
sand. This measure is to reduce the alumina content which is responsible
for the soil compaction and siltation, but not for the prevention of a
functional soil life). Certain micro organism help to reduce lawn thatch.
A special and important characteristic of the Maltaflor-seed-o-gran
fertilizer products is the rooting effect. This effect is achieved by
using malt sprouts. Malt sprouts, the young germ root of freshly
germinated grain, produce natural plant hormones which promote the root
growth of fertilized plants above average.
A strong root growth
improves the playability of the sport
alleviates the re-growing of pulled out
turf sods and
ensures a sturdy scar in case of new- or
This rooting effect can especially be
achieved in case of fertilization to apply sand because there is a
possibility to bring the fertilizer directly to the grass roots.