July 7, 2011
HealthySoil and American Golf work together to conserve water
Maintaining quality turf grass with reduced agronomic resources is driving the need to consider new approaches to turf and landscape management.
American Golf Corporation is the third largest golf management company in the world and one of Southern California’s largest green recyclers. To further reduce water use, they are trying a new approach. As of June 2011 American Golf has implemented the HealthySoil Golf Course program to demonstrate how improved soil health and aggregate structure can reduce water use by 15% or more. American Golf chose Mission Trails Golf Course in San Diego, CA as the beneficiary given its soil challenges and high water budget.
Although favorable weather conditions and increased water storage in 2011 ended mandatory water use restrictions, the San Diego County Water Authority warns, “Although a drought cycle has recently ended, the next one may be just around the corner. Efficient water use and water management are a way of life for businesses and residents throughout San Diego County.” Investigating a replicable model for water savings of 15% or more, while improving soil conditions, is environmentally responsible. From a business standpoint, it’s financially responsible.
The HealthySoil Program combines Best Management Practices (BMP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the fundamentals of soil science. HealthySoil personnel perform an array of tests prior to and during the implementation of the soil management program to monitor improvements in soil performance (tests include infiltration, compaction, root growth, and chemical/biological soil analysis).
For more information visit www.healthysoil.com or call 1-800-414-3111.
About American Golf Corporation
As one of the largest golf management companies in the world, American Golf Corporation operates more than 110 premier private, resort and public golf courses throughout the United States. From scenic links-style courses in New York to a variety of golf course offerings and layouts in California, American Golf Corporation provides ideal playing opportunities for golfers of all skill levels.
While American Golf Corporation has a portfolio of courses that stretch across the country, a number of its public and private golf courses can be found in California, New York and Georgia. In California alone, American Golf Corporation operates over 60 public golf courses in premier golfing destinations including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert and the Bay Area.
American Golf's environmental excellence has earned it numerous awards by top golf magazines, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Audubon International, which has recognized many American Golf courses with Certification in its prestigious Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
For more information visit www.americangolf.com.
Headquartered in California's central coast, HealthySoil manufactures organically-based products that build healthy soil ecology. Offering an innovative, program approach to building soil health, HealthySoil enables customers to substantially reduce their use of water and synthetic inputs, leading to lower operating costs and improved resource management. HealthySoil agricultural programs improve crop quality and yield, while HealthySoil horticultural programs improve plant quality, leading to superior playing surfaces and landscapes.
HealthySoil programs are the result of over 10 years of research and development with field trials to support program efficacy. HealthySoil serves the production agriculture, golf course and commercial landscape markets from its four facilities in California and Nevada.
- (2008) Champion, U.S. EPA "Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)," for its "outstanding efforts promoting IPM and reducing pesticide risk and for its extraordinary level of commitment to protecting human health and the environment." Link -- see "Highlands Soil + Water," the prior dba for HealthySoil.
- (2009) Semifinalist, California CleanTech Open, for "fostering big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges." Link
- (2010) Awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the City of Gonzales for microenterprise assistance. Link