The Concept Behind the Air2G2 324
The Air2G2 324 revolutionizes how turf managers at golf courses, sports fields and landscape companies think about their soil management practices. The Air2G2 324 is the winner of the 2015 Innovation Award from the Sports Turf Managers Association, (STMA). True aerification injects air into the soil profile and Air2G2 products are the only ones on the market today that utilize Air2G2 air-injection process.
Air2G2 Air-Injection Process
Compacted soil inhibits oxygen circulation, water movement, gas exchange and more. When you have compaction, your soil profile needs the Air2G2 324. The Air2G2 324 uses air-injection process which relieves Compaction, increases Porosity and enhances Respiration by fracturing hardpan layers to enable airflow and increase drainage. The Air2G2 324 accomplishes all of this with minimal disruption to the surface and without damage to the roots below.
Benefits of the Air2G2 324:
- Compaction Relief
- Porosity Increased
- Respiration Enhanced
The Air2G2 324 uses three probes to laterally inject pressurized air up to 12-inches beneath the surface of the soil, in a diameter of up to 9 feet, reaching deep into the soil profile.
The Air2G2 324 does all of this with little to no disturbance to the turfgrass surface, the roots below and without leaving a mess of cores to clean up afterward. With frequent use, the Air2G2 324 creates surfaces that are healthy, firm and ready for play immediately after treatment.
Air is everything to anything that lives, and for your soil, the Air2G2 324 is a breath of fresh air.
Additional Benefits of the Air2G2 324 include:
- Enhanced water drainage
- Forced gas exchange
- Encourages microbial activity
- Improves turf health
Accomplish all of this and more with GT AirInject’s full line of products: the Air2G2 324, Air2HP handheld tool, Air2G2 636 tractor mounted unit and the Air2GO custom-fit shuttle trailer. Treat today, Play today!
The Science Behind the Air2G2 324
Most problems concerning turf on sports fields, golf course greens, tee boxes, or athletic playing surfaces can generally be attributed to soil compaction in one way or another. When the spaces between the particles of soil or sand become restricted, the paths for air, water, and nutrients are greatly affected. All plant cells need oxygen to live. Without oxygen, plants cannot perform aerobic respiration (respiration is the process of breaking down food to get energy). The cells in the green parts of the plant (the part of the plant you can see on the surface), where photosynthesis is taking place, get all the oxygen they need from the oxygen produced by photosynthesis. The trick is getting oxygen to the cells down in the roots, where there is no photosynthesis occurring.
In most plants, cells get their oxygen from air in the pore spaces between dirt particles in the soil. When pore space shrinks, there is less air and moisture in the soil, a condition that negatively influences root growth, nutrient uptake, and in reality, all phases of turf growth. This ultimately creates what is called a "Black Layer." This “Black Layer” is a compacted anaerobic layer of soil. It inhibits root growth and causes the soil to become stagnant. This layer restricts the natural air channels and decreases porosity. When the porosity is altered (due to compaction) you still need air to keep the structure of the soil regulating the movement of water, nutrients, and developing roots. Air is a constant need for the plant to survive and to maintain the soil structure to provide for the healthy processes to take place.
Compaction isn't due to just foot traffic and the everyday use of machinery alone, it also occurs as a result of nature itself. Over a short period of time, the soil combines with water, which causes it to tightly fit together. In addition, without good aeration penetration into the soil below the black layer, the roots will not have the oxygen molecules to attach that is necessary in order for them to absorb moisture and healthy nutrients. If roots do not have oxygen, detrimental microbial activity will occur.
Air2G2 Air-Injection Technology
The Air2G2 324 uses three probes to perform Air2G2 air-injection technology. By laterally injecting pressurized air up to 12-inches beneath the surface of the soil, in a diameter of up to 9 feet, the Air2G2 324 fractures compacted layers formed by daily wear and tear, enables airflow without surface disruption or without causing root damage. The increased porosity of the soil enables the roots to grow deeper and reach the latent nutrients, which may decrease the amount of fertilizer necessary for healthy turf. Using Air2G2 air-injection technology increases positive microbial activity in the soil and alleviates bacteria and fungus in the root zone. Increased root depth enhances heat and drought stress tolerance. Therefore, the amount of water used to irrigate the turf may also be reduced.
Although this process may allow turf managers to decrease their budget concerning fertilizer, fungicide and irrigation, the most innovative aspect of Air2G2 technology is it causes little to no surface disruption or root damage. Once the operator has completed aerifying the turf, it is immediately ready for play. This is the biggest financial benefit of using the Air2G2 324, as facilities need not close or reschedule use of athletic fields or golf courses. You truly can aerify today and play today.