Hydretain for Golf

The finest golf courses around the globe trust Hydretain for their moisture management needs

Where wetting agents aren't enough…

Hydretain is your perfect partner – it is a unique soil moisture management solution used by golf course superintendents. Hydretain reduces drought stress and controls dry spots while considerably cutting watering costs.

Keep your golf turf healthy while cutting your watering and labor costs

Hydretain is a safe, year-round water management solution

Hydretain is a revolutionary chemistry designed to reduce watering frequency. In addition it protects turf from drying out for an extended time between watering cycles. Because it’s a blend of hygroscopic and humectant compounds, Hydretain attracts and condenses free water molecules from the air within the soil. Then it to creates microscopic droplets that plant roots can use.

Available in both liquid and granular product options, Hydretain provides a cost effective and easy-to-use solution for water management from tee to green.

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Hydretain protects golf turf from the harmful effects of drought stress

A single application of Hydretain can increase watering efficiency by managing root zone moisture throughout the season. In independent tests Hydretain has reduced watering by up to 50%.

Notable drought stress on fairway

Golf fairway after Hydretain treatment - lush green grass

After Hydretain treatment the turf has greened up

H2O Tech!

The Hydretain Difference

Hydretain is the only water management technology that helps plants use moisture vapor that would otherwise be lost to evaporation.

H2O Tech!

The Hydretain Difference

Hydretain is the only water management technology that helps plants use moisture vapor that would otherwise be lost to evaporation.

Speed without Stress

With Hydretain you can allow your soils to dry down further to increase green speed without stressing turf.

Protect our resources now...and in the future

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An environmentally friendly solution for golf course water management.

In addition to reducing drought stress and watering requirements, Hydretain also helps maintain optimal soil moisture. As a result, there is beneficial microbial activity without blocking the pore space required for proper air exchange. Perfect for use on greens, tees & fairways from grow-in throughout on-going maintenance. Hydretain is also effective on ornamental plants, shrubs and trees.

  • Reduce or eliminate drought stress cycles
  • Enhance nutrient & pesticide efficiency
  • Control or eliminate localized dry spot 
  • Improve seed germination
  • Improve transplant establishment
  • Reduce or eliminate hand watering
  • Protect non, or poorly-irrigated areas

Increase germination and establishment for seeding, turf repairs and divot recovery for your golf course.

Because you can’t always water when you need to…

Use Hydretain when overseeding or spot seeding to increase seed germination and establishment.

The science behind Hydretain

Hydretain has the unique ability to attract water molecules, create droplets, and then release those droplets to plant roots. One end of the Hydretain molecule anchors itself to soil particles and root hairs, coating their surface. The other end is available to grab free water molecules from humid air circulating in the soil.


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FAQ's you should know

Once applied and watered into the root zone, Hydretain’s hygroscopic humectant components attached to the root hairs of turfgrasses and other plants, drawing moisture vapor from the soil like tiny water magnets. It then converts that moisture vapor into water droplets, enabling plants to take up more moisture and assisting in the uptake of nutrients.

Hydretain ingredients include 54% plant based sugar alcohols, polysaccharides, and neutral salts of alpha-hydroxypropionic acid, 10% non-ionic surfactant, and 36% inert ingredients. 

No. Wetting agents reduce the surface tension of water, which helps water enter hydrophobic soils more easily. They impact the movement of liquid water down to and throughout the soil. Hydretain is unique in its ability to impact the movement of moisture vapor as it moves back up through the soil where it would normally be lost to evaporation. Hydretain attracts soil moisture vapor and converts it back into plant usable water droplets – reducing evaporative loss and making more water available to plant roots. Superabsorbent polymers or hydrogels are similar to the polymers used in baby diapers. They absorb and store liquid water. In most cases, superabsorbent polymers must be incorporated into the root zone, making them difficult to use on established plants.

Hydretain cannot hold excess moisture and therefore, will not cause or amplify any negative results when rainfall or irrigation is abundant. 

Yes. Hydretain can by applied via fertigation. The rates may be split to microdose Hydretain up to the full rate over a two week time period. If Hydretain is being used to address poor irrigation coverage, fertigation is not recommended.

Hydretain will not burn turfgrasses; however, it needs to be watered in immediately to drive the active ingredients down to the rootzone where they are designed to function. If it dries on the leaf tissue or in the thatch layer it will not be effective.

Each application of Hydretain last for up to 3 months. It is fully biodegradable and becomes a food source for soil microbes.  

For turfgrasses, Hydretain should be applied at the following rates:

  • Liquid: 9 oz / 1,000 sq. ft. For greens and tees, it is recommended to start at the full rate and then apply a monthly booster application at 1/3 rate (3 oz / 1,000 sq. ft.) throughout the rest of the season.
  • Granular: 2.7 lbs / 1,000 sq. ft.