SustainAbility Newsletter

A Member's Landscape Restoration Project

Austin Ranch

Austin Ranch is a 1900 acre development in north Dallas that has 35 acres of landscapes in common areas, apartments, offices, and retail.  The area is irrigated from a well fed lake and the water is high in Sodium. 

They use to irrigate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and the landscape was in very poor condition from the buildup of Sodium in the soil from the irrigation water. In a word their water usage was unsustainable.
They needed help, and turned to Turf Feeding Systems to help them solve their water and landscape issues.
The project began in August 2011, and has already shown terrific plant response and is well on its way towards a full recovery.
They installed a fertigation system at the irrigation pump station to treat the irrigation water with a blend of Sodium Blocker and organic based soil and plant nutrients.  This combination released the sodium tied up in the soil and the nutrients brought the soil health back and fed the landscape back into recovery.
The fertigation program reduced their water window from 24 hours a day down to 6 to 8 hours  per day, which reduced the costs associated with constantly running the well pump. In addition, by using less water from the well, it then became available for use in the next phases of development, which previously it was not. 
Sodium is the biggest limiting factor for irrigating landscapes with well water and reclaimed water.  But, there are safe economical practices to treat those issues and recover the landscape.


References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:
Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 


Ford Motors

Girl Scouts of America

Austin Ranch

Turf Feeding Systems

The University of Michigan

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

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 


American Society of Golf Course Architects

Sustainability Campaign

Cold Climate Housing Research Center

The State of the Birds

Green Living Tips

The Daily Green

Energy Star

Bird City, Kansas 

Urbana University

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Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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