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Zeba is a unique superabsorbent polymer based on natural cornstarch, making it biodegradable, nontoxic and odorless. As a starch-based polymer, Zeba is made up of glucose molecules, which are linked together chemically to become a water-insoluble, net-like matrix in the form of a hydrogel that holds and releases water for use by plants as needed.

The immense size and weight of its molecular structure sets Zeba apart. These anionic units are able to absorb up to 400 times their original weight. The Zeba hydrogel slowly releases just the right amount of encapsulated moisture in response to plant root suction. The hydrogel easily rehydrates and stores more water as moisture enters the soil. This process is repeated hundreds of times over a growing season or more before Zeba loses effectiveness.

By keeping the right amount of moisture available to plants as needed, Zeba facilitates plant production from seed germination through harvest. A healthy microenvironment is created in the soil that provides plants with the moisture and nutrients necessary for successful growth. The result is faster germination, quicker emergence, consistent growth and higher, better-quality yields using less water.

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Zeba Root Dip

Zeba Turf and Specialty

Zeba Nursery and Greenhouse

FAQs about Zeba and How it Works

 

 

 

                            

 

Higher plant survival rates and consistently higher quality plants

Zeba Root Dip helps protect cuttings and root systems from drying out before planting and after transplanting. The Zeba coating also helps extend plant shelf life during transportation and decreases plant stress for improved stand development.

Packaged as a fine powder, it can be mixed with water to form a slurry, similar in appearance to pancake batter.

Zeba Root Dip is ideal for growing, storing and shipping nursery stock, Christmas trees, vegetable starts, forestry seedlings and other products.

Zeba Root Dip benefits include:

  • root protection during hot, dry periods

  • greater plant root and biomass development

  • more consistent plant size and crop quality across fields

We highly recommend using Zeba Root dip when planting your grass plugs.  Zeba will reduce the water and time required to establish the plugs.  Simply mix Zeba Root Dip with water, dip each plug in the solution and plant as normal.

(A small amount of Root Dip will go a long ways, but you can always use it on other plants, not just the grass plugs.)

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Healthy start, year-round results

Zeba Turf & Specialty can help get newly planted turf off to a healthy, vigorous start and revitalize the health of existing lawns and fields. Zeba Turf & Specialty also increases turf survival during hot, dry periods. And Zeba Turf & Specialty helps create thicker grass and deeper root structures, resulting in lower weed pressure and greener, healthier turf.

Other benefits of Zeba Turf & Specialty include:

  • reduced compaction, which can reduce the number and size of localized dry spots

  • improved water management, which can lower labor and energy costs

  • shorter seed germination time

  • better rate of seed germination

application instructions

APPLICATION PRODUCT RATE METHOD
Existing turf Turf & Specialty 1-2 lbs per 1,000 sq ft (4-8 cups) Cut grass as short as possible, then aerate turf. Spread Zeba over area, rake or drag into aeration holes as much as possible, then irrigate. Excess Zeba on surface will subside naturally.
Mechanical injection with Dryject or similar equipment Turf & Specialty 0.5-1 lb per 1,000 sq ft (2-4 cups) Specific method subject to manufacturer’s recommendation. Zeba may be mixed with dry sand, nutrients or substrates.
Planting Beds & Landscape Turf & Specialty 1 to 1.5 lbs per 1,000 sq ft (4-6 cups) Broadcast and incorporate into top 2 to 4" of soil.
Seeding grasses Turf & Specialty 1-2 lbs per 1,000 sq ft (4-8 cups) Broadcast Zeba evenly with the seed onto dry soil area. Incorporate seed and Zeba into the top ½" of prepared turf area and water.
Sod Installation Turf & Specialty 1-2 lbs per 1,000 sq ft (4-8 cups) Spread Zeba evenly on soil surface before laying sod, roll sodded area, then water.
Transplant Ball & Burlap

(Root Ball Sizes)

12 inch diameter

15 inch

18 inch

24 inch

30 inch

36 inch

48 inch

Turf & Specialty 0.75-1.5 Tbsp (5-10 g)

1.5-3 Tbsp (10-21 g)

2.5-5 Tbsp (18-35 g)

6-12 Tbsp (42-84 g)

0.75-1.5 cup (84-168 g)

1.25-2.5 cup (140-280 g)

3-6 cup (336-672 g)

Mix half throughout planting hole and amend backfill with remaining half.

Use higher rates for sandy soils with low water holding capacity or plants requiring more water.

Use lower rates for clay soils or plants requiring less water.

Transplanting Containers

(Trade Sizes)

4" - 6"

#1 Pot (1 gallon)

#2 Pot (2 gallon)

#3 Pot (3 gallon)

#5 Pot (5 gallon)

#7 Pot (7 gallon)

#10 Pot (10 gallon)

#15 Pot (15 gallon)

#20 Pot (20 gallon)

#25 Pot (25 gallon)

#30 Pot (30 gallon)

#65 Pot (65 gallon)

*Pot size subject to manufacturers specifications

Turf & Specialty Low Normal High

Volume Volume Volume

0.25 tsp 0.33 tsp 0.75 tsp

0.5 tsp 0.75 tsp 0.5 Tbsp

1 tsp 0.67 Tbsp 1 Tbsp

1.5 tsp 1 Tbsp 1.25 Tbsp

0.75 Tbsp 1.5 Tbsp 2 Tbsp

1 Tbsp 2 Tbsp 3 Tbsp

2 Tbsp 3.5 Tbsp 0.33 cup

2.75 Tbsp 0.33 cup 0.5 cup

3.33 Tbsp 7 Tbsp 10 Tbsp

0.25 cup 0.5 cup 0.75 cup

0.33 cup 0.67 cup 1 cup

0.75 cup 1.5 cup 2.25 cup

Use normal rates for most plant species

Low rates can be used for plants requiring less water, or receiving frequent watering

Higher rates can be used for plants that require more water or a longer period between irrigation intervals

Mix half throughout planting hole and amend backfill with remaining half.

Use higher rates for sandy soils with low water holding capacity or plants requiring more water.

Use lower rates for clay soils or plants requiring less water.

Todd Valley Farms is only licensed to sell this product into the following states: Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

For pricing and availability of this product, please call 1-800-869-8544.

 


 

 

Better survival, better quality.

Zeba helps improve plant survival rate and boost the quality of nursery stock in container or field operations by holding water near roots for use as a plant demands.

Zeba works by capturing, storing and releasing water throughout the course of a year, helping prolong the benefits of rain or irrigation events.

Among several benefits Zeba offers nursery producers:

  • Zeba captures moisture in all types of potting mixes, including peat moss and soilless types, and

  • Zeba protects roots during transportation and transplanting when applied as a root dip

Application

In soil mix, potting soil or when planting in containers, completely mix dry Zeba and dry soil before planting or filling containers at a rate of 0.5-1.5 lb./cubic yard. Add the Zeba gradually to the dry soil mix and water well after planting. For large individual containers, layer the Zeba into the pot as you fill the container. See the Zeba user guide or consult your local crop advisor for other use application guidelines.

Todd Valley Farms is only licensed to sell this product into the following states: Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

For pricing and availability of this product, please call 1-800-869-8544.

 

 

 


 

ABOUT ZEBA AND HOW IT WORKS

Q. What is Zeba?

A. Zeba is a patented soil amendment that improves plant yield and plant quality across a wide spectrum of agricultural, forestry, turf, ornamental and home and garden applications through improved water utilization.

Q. How does Zeba work?

A. Zeba particles store and release up to 400 times their weight in water, hydrating and rehydrated with each irrigation or rain event. Applied as a root dip or dry granule near roots, Zeba helps keep plants hydrated all season long by prolonging the benefits of water events.

Q. Why use Zeba?

A. Zeba improves seed germination rates, promotes fast and uniform emergence, improves stand establishment and ultimately improves yield and quality. Zeba also helps plants avoid stress caused by heat spikes and drought by optimizing a plant's use of available water.

Q. Will Zeba work for me?

A. Zeba has been shown to increase yields and quality in every plant variety tested, in a wide range of soil types, and in a wide spectrum of climatic conditions.

Q. Is Zeba suitable for all soil types?

A. Zeba has proven beneficial for plant health in sandy soils and clay soils. In sandy soils, Zeba prevents water from sifting through the root zones, holding water where it's needed. In clay soils, the expanding and contracting action of Zeba particles can increase aeration, boosting oxygen levels in the soil and increasing water percolation.

Q. How do I apply Zeba?

A. Zeba dry granules can be applied with any standard Gandy-type applicator or similar metering device. Zeba root dip is applied as a slurry to roots.

Q. How often do I apply Zeba?

A. In general, we recommend a fresh application of Zeba with any new planting, or yearly. This ensures Zeba is close to seeds, which will help accelerate germination and provide benefits throughout a growing season.

Q. Is Zeba safe for all food crops?

A. Because Zeba is a natural starch-based formulation it is safe for use on all crops, including food crops. Zeba is non-toxic, biodegradable and contains no synthetic additives.

Q. Does Zeba change the amount of water a plant needs?

A. Zeba can reduce water application requirements over the course of a growing season through better water utilization, but it doesn't change the amount of water a plant needs.

Instead of water being dispersed into the soil or evaporating, water is absorbed by Zeba and held for the plant to use as needed.

Q. Does Zeba change the nature of the moisture it absorbs?

A. No. Zeba triggers no chemical reaction. Zeba merely absorbs moisture and any water-soluble nutrients present and remains suspended in the plant root zone.

Q. Will increased moisture near the root structure cause root rot?

A. As Zeba granules expand and contract to a volume size determined by water availability, they separate soil particles, providing roots oxygen and potentially decreasing the probability of plants developing root rot.

Q. Will long-term use of Zeba affect soil quality?

A. As Zeba breaks down it provides a food source for soil microbes. This results in improved soil quality and, over time, creates a rich soil environment that helps plants flourish.

 

Q. Is Zeba organic?

A. Zeba is not organic-certified. However, it is formulated from natural cornstarch. During the manufacturing process, the molecular structure of the cornstarch is tweaked to give Zeba its ability to store and release water. This process limits qualification for organic certification. However, all trace elements of the process are removed and the final Zeba granules are as "natural" as the cornstarch in its original state.

Q. How long does Zeba remain active in soil?

A. Zeba stays active 12 months to several years, depending on the microorganisms present in a particular soil. We recommend a new application with each planting to ensure optimum efficacy. Over time, Zeba will settle in soil and deepen the active zone.

Q. Do I need to reapply Zeba if I replant due to adverse weather conditions or other seasonal challenges?

A. Since replanting disturbs soil in the seedbed, Zeba should be applied each time a crop is replanted. This keeps Zeba close to seeds.

Q. Can I mix Zeba with fertilizer?

A. Yes. By combining Zeba and nutrients, you provide plants an optimum opportunity to deliver premium yields and quality.

Q. Does Zeba benefit transplants?

A. Yes. When Zeba is applied as a liquid slurry in transplant water, plants are shown to have a better survival rate, greater root and biomass development and improved yields and quality.

Q. Does Zeba improve uniformity across fields?

A. Yes. By better utilizing available water, Zeba helps remove stress associated with heat spikes. This helps create healthy, uniform plant development across fields.

Q. Will I always notice a difference in plant development when using Zeba?

A. During most growing seasons, crops treated with Zeba will show a definitive advantage over untreated crops in seedling emergence, plant development and overall yields and quality. However, when environmental conditions are ideal for plant development, Zeba treated crops may not be markedly different than untreated crops.

Q. How is Zeba different from other superabsorbents, such as polyacrylamide formulations (PAMs)?

A. Zeba has several advantages over petroleum-based superabsorbents, which are known in the marketplace as PAMs. The primary advantage is that Zeba particles readily relinquish stored water to plants when plants need it. PAMs, on the other hand, tend to hold water tightly and often will compete with plants for water. No other absorbent product is able to release water as effectively as Zeba.

Also, Zeba is made from naturally produced, biodegradable cornstarch and can improve soil as it breaks down. PAMs are made from synthetic polymers that provide no soil benefits in their natural form.

Q. What about products that claim to have more absorbency than Zeba?

A. We developed Zeba to hold 400 times its weight in water, although we can produce a granule that holds as much as 5,000 times its weight. Experience has shown that at the current design, we have achieved the optimum balance that allows Zeba particles to absorb and release water as plants need it.



COMPARISON TO POLYACRYLAMIDE FORMULATIONS (PAMs)

Q. I've tried superabsorbents before, but couldn't really tell a difference in my plants. How is Zeba different?

A. Zeba is new and totally different from other water-preservation products, including any of the synthetic polyacrylate and polyacrylamide formulations (e.g., PAMs). You've likely heard of or had experience with the many synthetic polymers sold on the market, which are supersabsorbents made with petroleum-type formulations, the active ingredient used in disposable diapers. These synthetic polymers hold water tightly, which explains why these formulations are less effective in growing plants. The most important factor is not absorbency, but the ability of any superabsorbent to release water. No other absorbent product is able to release water as well as Zeba.

 

Q. What about other products that claim to have more absorbency than Zeba?

A. We developed Zeba to hold 400 times its weight in water, although we can produce a granule that holds as much as 5,000 times its weight. However, experience has shown we have achieved the optimum balance that benefits plants with a product that not only achieves optimal absorbency but also the ability to release moisture as needed.


ZEBA SAFETY

Q. Is Zeba safe for food crops?

A. Yes! Zeba is a natural starch-based formulation. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, pH-neutral and safe for any plant. Synthetic polymers, on the other hand, typically contain significant amounts of sodium, petroleum and other fillers, which can be detrimental to food crops. Because it is starch-based, Zeba particles are an attractive food source for soil microorganisms. Over time, the microbes consume the Zeba, creating a richer soil environment.

 

Q. Is Zeba organic?

A. No, Zeba is not organic-certified. However, it is formulated from natural cornstarch. During manufacturing, the molecular structure of the cornstarch is tweaked in order to give Zeba its great ability to store and release water. This process limits qualification for organic certification. However, all trace elements of the process are removed, and the final Zeba granules are as 'natural' as the cornstarch in its original state.



ZEBA APPLICATION

Q. How often do I apply Zeba?

A. In general, we recommend a fresh application of Zeba with each new planting. This ensures that Zeba is in close proximity to the seeds (for improved emergence) and roots. For more specific applications subject to plant type, see the Zeba User Guide.

Q. Do I need to reapply Zeba if I have to replant due to adverse weather conditions or other seasonal challenges?

A. Since replanting disturbs soil in the seedbed, Zeba should be applied each time a crop is replanted to keep Zeba close to the seeds.

 

Q. Can I mix fertilizer with Zeba?

A. Yes. By combining Zeba and nutrients, your plants have the best advantage—both food and water. Consult the Zeba Application Guide for more information.

Q. How long does Zeba remain active in the soil?

A. Zeba remains effective 12 months to several years, depending on the microorganisms present in the soil, which will eventually cause biodegradation. We recommend a new application with each new planting as a way to ensure optimum efficacy. Over time, each Zeba application will settle, further deepening the active zone.


LONG-TERM EFFECTS

Q. Is residue left in the soil over time?

A. No. Zeba is completely biodegradable. Cornstarch, the main component, is a food source for microorganisms present in the soil. So, even after biodegrading, what remains functions as a soil amendment to improve aeration and other soil characteristics.

 

Q. Does Zeba alter soil pH?

A. No. Zeba granules are pH-neutral and will work well within a pH environment range of 6 to 10.

 

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