organic golf grass

The newly developed Sentinel Biocatalyst for Organic Golf Grass (AGROW2) is a non-chemical formulation, specially for golf courses which are still using chemicals as pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.

A new concern of golf course living is the toxicity of golf course maintenance. And, golf course superintendents and nearby residents are the most potential people exposed to the chemicals.

Golf courses applied about 50,000 pounds of pesticides in one year, which can be anywhere from four to seven times more than the average amount utilized in agriculture on a pound/acre basis.

Toxic Faiways

Application of chemicals

Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are all used to maintain the idyllic, cosmetic appeal of lush greens on golf courses, and to fight disease of fairy rings fungus which turned the grass into brown patches.

Natural grass variants are rarely the most visually appealing, and often the chemicals are applied as preventive rather than in response to a specific concern.

Not only does this result in excess chemical application which can leach into ground and surface water, but it can also encourage pest and weed tolerance, thereby necessitating greater chemicals use.

Soil microbes

Soil microbes, specifically bacteria and fungi, are naturally present in all ecosystems, including the thatch and soil beneath the golf courses. And, its strongly influencing health of the turfgrass.

There are five different types of soil microbes, and each has a different job to boost soil and plant health.

  • Bacteria – The most crucial and valuable workforce of soils, breaking down nutrients and releasing to the root zone for the plant.
  • Actinomycetes – Act as antibiotics for the plant.
  • Fungi – Live in the root zone to facilitate water and make nutrients (e.g. sugar, amino acid) available to plants.
  • Protozoa – Consume the bacteria and release the nutrients.
  • Nematodes – Eat pathogenic and secreting nutrients to the plant.

Function of biocatalyst

Under different management intensities, the composition of microbes in the soil of turfgrass changed accordingly.

The AGROW2 biocatalyst formula act as a supplement to these microbial communities, which boost benefits to the turfgrass, such as biocontrol, promoting plant growth, degrading the thatch layer, detoxifying chemicals such as fungicides, and increasing plant tolerance to stresses, diseases and pests.

The results are normally after one or two months of the application. The golf course will see green and healthy grass with strong roots. And, less pesticides would be required to fight the diseases.

Benefits of using biocatalyst

Averagely, the AGROW2 biocatalyst formula helped the golf courses saved more than 90% on cost of chemicals.

If the golf course superintendent is experienced enough with the AGROW2 application, he may even turn it to an “organic” golf course, which is pesticide free.

And the best part is, its organic, non-toxic and golfer friendly. Imagine playing golf without having to be embraced by tons of chemicals that used to maintain the green grass.

Questionnaire for a proposal

  • How much of chemicals quantity and cost spent per year?
  • Are you using an underground automated fertilization and watering system or a manual system?
  • Total area of turfgrass?