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The Roots of Sustainability

By: Michael Chaplinsky | Turf Feeding Systems

The Importance of Healthy Roots & Rhizosphere to Create Sustainable Landscapes
Up to 60% of the total food manufactured by a plant through photosynthesis exits out its root system for the sole purpose of feeding the beneficial microorganisms that exist around the roots in the area called, 'The Rhizosphere'


It’s pretty amazing, that plants recognize the importance of having a healthy microbial culture around so much, that they freely give up to 60% of their manufactured wealth. The plants feed the beneficial microorganisms (fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes) around their roots for the expressed purpose of gaining personal protection and increased nutrition. Since this occurs in nature and has since the beginning of time, then naturally everything we do should follow this science and evolutionary track. So for that reason, soil biology is an important part of a plant’s health and survival.

The use of soil improving/microbial enhancing/root building products will greatly help promote a health soil and rhizosphere. Proven products like humates used during the winter months will cause your plants to excel in the spring. Just because a plant is dormant doesn't mean its dead. Plenty of change can occur at the microbial and chemical level that won't be apparent until the spring flush arrives.

The goal is to have Sustainable Landscapes that use a minimum of resources to reach excellence. This can be accomplished through the use of quality organics added to the soil to promote and propagate healthy soil biology with biodiversity.  Healthily soils   will benefit the soil structure, the soil microorganisms, and the plants. Plus it's a very in cost effective way to manage a nutrient program.




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

Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign


American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

Sustainable Golf & Development

Turf Feeding Systems

National Geographic


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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

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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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