It’s a beautiful day at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem, Utah. The emerald green of the turf. The bright blue of the sky. Cue the birdies. The question of the day is what do the golf courses know that the average homeowner doesn’t when it comes to the incredible green turf? “Most people don’t know what kind of fight they are fighting” says Tim Otto. What kind of fight? It’s all about the ‘Science of Water.’
Otto continues, “The water goes off into one direction. They’ve got dry spots anywhere there is a hill. They don’t understand what they need to do. They’ll water more. They’ll put more fertilizer on. What the real problem is the soil type they’re facing.
Who ‘really’ knows their soil type? According to Otto we are at the right place. “Every golf course has a superintendent. These guys are trained agronomist. They know the soil chemistry. What water they are getting from the city and they know how to make the best of it.”
Retired Grounds Superintendent, Ed Persons, said that for the golf course there is a balance getting the perfect green turf. “Every bit of water we can save, saves money, saves. Cost.” Persons goes on to say that there an important part of saving water and still getting great results is “Better absorption of water and fertilizer. It’s extremely important.”
What is it that blocks water absorption? Persons knows and so does Steven Hutchinson, CEO of Utah County based truSpring. “In your home you typically have a water softener in this part of the country because you don’t like the white scale buildup on your showerheads. That same scale buildup is in the soil and it blocks the air, water and nutrients getting down into the roots.”
The solution to scale buildup in soil? Chemistry comes to the rescue. Hutchinson demonstrates his problem solving Exigrow product. “A demonstration we like to do is by pouring pure concentrate into a glass bowl with soil and grass. By pouring in at full concentrate you can clearly see the reaction of the low PH solution with the high PH soil. Exigrow makes the golf course soil more permeable. Better able to absorb water, air and nutrients. By doing that they can use less water and less fertilizers.
Does changing the PH in soil really work? truSpring’s Exigrow is climbing the leaderboard with impressive numbers. Hutchinson stated, “Golf courses have been using the solution since about 2006. They reported being able to reduce water usage up to 40 percent and fertilizer use us to 70 percent.”
Otto the VP of Sales of EMS, the company that manufactures Exigrow, says homeowners face some of the same problems, and now solution, as golf courses. “As we like to say, use what the pros use. If these guys are going to put it on their greens and tees to make that hardest part of the grass to grow best why wouldn’t the person next store. They have the exact same soil. They are getting the exact same water for the city.”
It’s clear what truSpring does. What is the ‘why’ of what Hutchinson does? “I love solving problems. I always have. I’m passionate about creating…creating a business. Creating a product. We try to do products that are good for earth and good for earthlings, so they are products that are good for you and healthy for the environment.”
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