By Jim Milam
My son Brian, a PGA Golf Professional, just called me and told about an article, by David Owen, in this months publication of Golf Digest. Brian manages two GolfTec teaching facilities in Wisconsin, one in Middleton and one in Mequon.
The article discusses how Golf courses in Nevada are addressing the issues of the shrinking water supply from Lake Mead caused by the ongoing drought and reduced snowfall throughout the watershed of the Colorado River.
One interesting section discusses the problems of using recycled water, such as, salt. Salt harms the turf by clogging air and water channels in the soil which reduces the ability of the roots to absorb nutrients.
The article also suggests some methods to address these problems, such as, developing new types of drought tolerant grasses,installing expensive high tech irrigation hardware and software and reducing the turf footprint of golf courses.
What is not discussed is the use of natural,organic products to reduce water consumption and salts in recycled water.
We at NatraTurf have developed HydroSave, an all organic,chemical free, natural product that addresses these problems. When applied HydroSave naturally leaches the salts out of the soil and they are flushed away by natural rain water or irrigation and it creates pockets in the soil, which holds water like tiny reservoirs, therefore reducing the amount of irrigation water required.
A golf course in Northwest Iowa, Spring Valley, has been using HydroSave for the last five years and they have reduced their water consumption by approximately 33% and have never aerated their greens.
So there are other ways to address these problems and I invite you to read the testimonials on our website www.natraturf.com