California City Conserves Water, Maintains Turf Quality, with Cool Terra®
The City of Thousand Oaks, California, has a tradition of being a progressive and environmentally conscious city. According to John Smallis, public works superintendent, “It’s been our desire to never stay static and always look for improvements.”
With a drought hitting hard in the region, the City of Thousand Oaks implemented several innovative measures to conserve water for city hall’s shrubs, trees and turf. One of these measures was using Cool Terra®.
After applying Cool Terra® in August 2014, the city reduced its water usage on the turf by half. Today, even with a dramatic reduction in water, the city has seen improved soil quality and maintained green and full turf, trees and shrubs.
An added bonus has been the ease of use. Landscape Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Wilson notes that Cool Terra® is “… so easy, clean and quick to apply.”
Unlike other biochars the city explored, Cool Terra® Engineered Biocarbon™ is delivered in large supersacks ideal for commercial applications, with minimal dust and pH neutral (a major benefit in California’s alkaline soil).
True to the city’s nature, Smallis and Wilson are already thinking about the long-term environmental impact of Cool Terra®. “We have 27,000 street trees and 50,000 oak trees in our open spaces,” says Wilson. “By putting carbon back into the soil, Cool Terra® offers carbon sequestration benefit for hundreds of years.”