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Resorts & Hotels can become More Sustainable.

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The down economy has impacted everyone, and the resort and hotel markets are looking for ways to maintain their high quality landscape at any reduced cost.  Their landscape is the first image a guest sees and their grounds must be consistently high quality and never look stressed or damaged. 

Water is a big cost as well as labor, and materials.  Automation, through the use of fertigation will maintain consistent landscape quality with the lowest use of water, fertilizer, chemicals, labor, and energy.  Fertigation works without anyone seeing the operation. It is invisible to the guest, but the landscape constantly looks good.     

Consider how many pump stations and booster stations resorts and hotels have. 

Many resorts are promoting the Eco-Freindly or the Environmentally Green Resort or Hotel.  With fertigation and by using an organically based nutrient program, hotels can bring Sustainability to the resort or hotel as well. And they will be able to use that in their marketing to promote business.   This brings added value to the savings and benefits already added through fertigation. 

The resort can also become Certified, and promote it with signage and literature by participating in the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Landscapes Program.

* This story contributed by Turf Feeding Systems, a strategic partner with Flowtronex. 

 

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Choosing Plants for Low Water Use

Harris County Water SignYou are not limited to cacti, succulents, or narrow leafed evergreens when selecting plants adapted to low moisture requirements. Many plants growing in humid environments are well adapted to low levels of soil moisture. Numerous plants found growing in coastal or mountainous regions have developed mechanisms for dealing with extremely sandy, excessively well-drained soils, or rocky cold soils in which moisture is limited to months at a time. Following is a list of low water use plants from various parts of the country:

*Always check with your local State extension service when selecting plants to avoid the potential of selecting a plant that is considered invasive in your particular location.

North West
Saskatoon serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)
Oregon white oak (Quercus garryanna)

South West
Four-wing saltbush (Atriplex canescens)
Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)
Penstemon (Penstemon spp.)
Pinyon pine (Pinus edulis)

North Central
Aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius)
Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
Bluegrama (Bouteloua gracilis)
Pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
Compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

South Central
Aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius)
Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
Bluegrama (Bouteloua gracilis)
Tall blasing star (Liatris aspera)
Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpus)
Aromatic sumac (Rhus aromatica)

North East
Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Blazing star (Liatris spicata)
Pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
Beach plum (Prunus serotina)

South East
Tall blazing star (Liatris aspera)
Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris)
Sand Live oak (Quercus germinata)
Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

Fast Facts:

  • Ground covers are good alternatives where turfgrasses are impractical.
  • Suitable places for ground covers include narrow strips between sidewalks or structures and steep slopes where mowing is not practical.
  • Consider ground covers other than grasses on hot, dry exposures, as well as for dense shade beneath trees and shrubs.
  • Improve soils before planting ground covers.

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

Audubon International
www.auduboninternational.org

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

The US Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov/compost

Organic Farming Research Foundation
www.ofrf.org

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/bacyyard

Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

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