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The Sustainable Golf Facility Program Launches!

Sustainable Golf

ISC/Audubon has answered the call made by many, and after many tireless months of developing the Sustainable Golf Facilities Program, we are proud to have the program available for interested golf courses who wish to participate!

The program will be used not only to assist golf courses owners, superintendents and managers looking for ways be more sustainable in how they operate their golf course, but also calculate their level of sustainability and earn recognition for their actions. Unlike traditional certification programs who simply award (or deny) certification, the Sustainable Golf Course Rating Program will gauge a golf course’s level of sustainability, and provide incentives in which future activities on the golf course can take place and earn recognition. 

The program went through a peer review process by a range of golf course industry leaders, governmental agencies, and conservation groups who reviewed (among other things) the program audit, which includes the following five sections: “Economics & Business”, “The Maintenance Facility”, “Water Quality and Conservation”, “Turf, Natural Areas, & Wildlife”, and “Outreach and Education”.

The Sustainable Golf Advisory Council has been hard at work during this collaborative process, and are pleased to finally be able to provide this program to golf courses throughout the United States and beyond.  We are currently  seeking pilot members who wish to participate in the program, and welcome any golf course interested.

View the January 15, 2010 Press Release  


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com
 
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

General Motors
www.gm.com

Toyota
www.toyota.com

Fisker Automotive
www.fiskerautomotive.com

Golfpreserves
www.golfcourseproject.com 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
www.cmhp.org

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
www.cbf.org 

University of Alaska Fairbanks
www.uaf.edu 

Taylor Properties Group
www.taylorpropertiesgrp.com  

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
www.gcsaa.org 

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

What is Mycorrhizal Fungi?

By: Michael Chaplinski |Turf Feeding Systems

This is one of the best kept secrets in the landscape business…

FungiThe word “mycorrhiza” (plural: mycorrhizae or mycorrhizas) comes from the Greek language and literally means “fungus roots.” You may not know it, but mycorrhizal fungi are crucial parts of the health of 95% of the plants growing throughout the world. In fact, they’ve been helping plants grow for millions of years!

Mycorrhizal fungi are tiny, harmless critters that attach themselves to plant roots and actually help plants to make use of water and organic nutrients in the soil. They live on the roots of roughly 95% of all earth’s plant species. In exchange for what they provide the plant, the plant offers the fungi a meal of sugars (fixed carbon) produced by the photosynthesis process.

Benefits of Mycorrhizal Fungi
Mycorrhizal fungi populate the area around a plant’s roots and form very thin filaments, adding to the length and efficiency of a plant’s roots. This is like having a second set of roots for the plants. Thus, plants, trees, and shrubs with a well established mycorrhizal fungal root system are better able to survive droughts and transplant shock. They also absorb more nutrients from the soil.

Plants with mycorrhizal fungi can survive better in their non-native environments, or that is to say, environments that don’t necessarily reflect the ideal environments for their survival, such as urban areas and home gardens. Mycorrhizal fungi also boost a plant’s immune system, making them resistant to soil-borne pathogens. In addition, they help to keep parasitic nematodes away.

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Your Landscape
Research shows that the lack of mycorrhizal fungi can create problems with trees, shrubs and plants when they are growing in our gardens. Unfortunately, our day to day landscaping tasks can negatively affect these delicate mycorrhizal fungi.  For example, the use of chemical fertilizers, tilling, and hoeing can disrupt or even destroy the mycorrhizal fungi found in your soil. Additionally, many of the plants we purchase and grow in the garden lack the necessary mycorrhizal fungi growing on their roots when we plant them. Furthermore, our landscape soils may lack enough mycorrhizal fungi to truly benefit our plants.

However, the good news is that you can stimulate the growth of mycorrhizal fungi and get them to work more efficiently with a Mycorrhizal Fungi Root Builder. By using this product, you can restore or create the necessary presence of mycorrhizal fungi in your garden. It will work great on all the plants in your garden, including turf grass.

You can use a Mycorrhizal Fungi Root Builder directly on your new transplants or you can apply it deeply into the soil using a core drill or auger. Once you apply it, you’ll notice that plants will grow greener, healthier, and will make better use of water and nutrients. This means that your plants are utilizing water and nutrients more efficiently. With time, the roots will grow and perform better as the Mycorrhizal fungi continue to establish themselves on the roots.

 

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org 
 
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Nature.com
www.enature.com

Golfpreserves
www.golfcourseproject.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

Sustainable Golf & Development
www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com

Turf Feeding Systems
www.turffeeding.com

National Geographic
www.nationalgeographic.org


 

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