|With Turf Rescue (left) and without (right).|
elementC6, a technology company that focuses on the
advancement of biochar, is introducing Turf Rescue, the first
biochar-based soil amendment created especially to keep lawns green while using
at least 35 percent less water. Turf Rescue is a proprietary blend of Cool Planet’s
CoolTerra(TM) biochar and Agromin's Compost 100 organic soil amendment.
"Biochar is a highly porous charcoal-like material that improves moisture and
nutrient retention in soil while providing a habitat for beneficial soil microorganisms,"
says George Cain, president of elementC6. "Ancient farmers knew the value of
biochar. It has recently taken on added importance as the California drought continues
to severely impact city, commercial and residential landscaping."
Turf Rescue's biochar component acts like a
sponge to retain water and nutrients at the grass root zone, increasing water
use efficiency and reducing the need for fertilizer. Agromin's OMRI-listed Compost
100 inoculates the biochar thereby incorporating beneficial microbes directly
into the biochar and enhancing the process. "With California expanding its restrictions on water use,
Turf Rescue is the perfect solution for cities, sports parks, golf courses, HOAs,
commercial properties and homeowners who want to maintain green lawns while
preserving California most precious resource, our water," says Rick Wilson, vice-president
of Cool Planet.
Agromin and Cool Planet have spent
the last year testing the product on lawns throughout southern California. "Our
studies show that when Turf Rescue is applied to grass, water usage is cut
significantly," says Bill Camarillo, CEO of Oxnard-based Agromin. "This means
lawns and other turf-intensive areas can remain green and healthy while their
owners comply with tough water restrictions."
elementC6 recommends that Turf
Rescue be installed by a professional landscaper. After a lawn is mowed and aerated,
Turf Rescue is applied at a rate of 1 cubic ft. per 100 square feet of turf. Water
is applied normally for 7 to 10 days after which the watering schedule is ready
to be reduced.
an average 20' by 20' lawn for 10 minutes with sprinklers gobbles up over 124
gallons of water," says Camarillo. "Imagine the amount of water that could be
saved over the course of a year if you could eliminate watering your grass by
one or two days a week."
The environmental value of grass is
significant. "Turf plays and important role in our ecosystem," says
Wilson. "Grass absorbs greenhouse gasses, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.
A 2,500 square foot lawn, for example, produces enough oxygen for a family of
five. It also lowers surface temperatures. We're excited that we will be able
to give lawn owners an alternative to synthetic grass and hardscapes."
Agromin manufactures earth-friendly soil
products for farmers, landscapers and gardeners. Agromin is also the composter
for over 50 California cities. Each month, Agromin receives more than 30,000
tons of organic material and then uses a safe, natural and sustainable process
to transform the material into premium soil products. The results are more
vigorous and healthier plants and gardens, and on the conservation side, the
opportunity to close the recycling circle, allow more room in landfills and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Connect with Agromin on Facebook at Facebook.com/Agromin,
on Twitter at Twitter.com/Agromin
and at www.agromin.com
About Cool Planet
Cool Planet is commercializing a technology to create green
fuels and biochar in a way that can change the world for good. Its green fuels
are chemically identical to fossil fuels, and its "CoolTerra™" biochar product
enables fertilizer reduction and increased water retention for increased crop
productivity and more robust plant health. The process is capable of being
carbon negative, reversing the consequences of CO2 build-up from fossil fuels.
Cool Planet's technology has a broad portfolio of pending and granted patents.
Global investors include BP, Google Ventures, Energy Technology Ventures (GE,
ConocoPhillips, NRG Energy), and the Constellation division of Exelon. Connect
with Cool Planet on Facebook at Facebook.com/CoolPlanetEnergySystems
on Twitter at Twitter.com/CoolPlanetFuels
and at www.coolplanet.com
elementC6 Inc. is a technology company based in Long
Beach, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming. It focuses on the advancement of biochar
into the marketplace for both commercial and consumer use. Its products are
environmentally favorable and 100 percent natural. elementC6, Inc. is committed
to bringing sustainable, results-driven agricultural innovations to the
commercial and consumer markets. Combining ancient methods with cutting-edge
science, it creates products that promote healthier, more disease-resistance,
faster growing plants with higher yields while using less water and nutrients.
Connect with elementC6 at Facebook.com//Ec6inc
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