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Why get involved with Operation Pollinator?

Golf courses involved with Operation Pollinator can extend their environmental stewardship to make a positive impact on communities and the environment. The vast landscapes of golf courses around the country are the ideal location for establishing habitats to help prevent further pollinator decline.

How to Establish a Successful Habitat

Syngenta will provide expertise to establish new Operation Pollinator habitats including guidelines for:

  • Site selection
  • Sourcing a custom wildflower seed mixture
  • Establishment techniques
  • Management options

To begin a new Operation Pollinator habitat, the following steps will help you establish a plot flourishing with pollinators.

  • Selecting a Site: First, select the area(s) to establish habitat on your golf course. Site selection can range in size from a few thousand square feet to several acres. Below are recommended areas where you can place Operation Pollinator sites.
  • Selecting a Seed Mixture: Prepare the area for planting wildflower seeds that have been custom-blended for your course by Applewood Seed Company in Arvada, Colo. Please contact Diane Wilson, ecologist with Applewood Seed Company, at (303) 431-7333 or DWilson@applewoodseed.com to learn more about what may be best for your course.
  • Establishing the Habitat: It is important to remove current vegetation down to the bare ground to create a terrain for wildflowers to thrive without competing with other vegetation. This process involves spraying the area with a glyphosate product, removing dead weed debris after the plants die, scraping the soil's surface, broadcasting seeds over the surface and rolling the area to cover up planted seeds. A no-till seeding procedure will help to avoid bringing up weed seeds to the surface of soil.
  • Informing your Stakeholders: To build trust and pride with your players, members, management and community, keep them well informed about your pollinator habitat. Download communication tools that can be customized for your course. To inform players about the program, your Syngenta representative will provide Operation Pollinator signage around the golf course.
  • Managing the Growth: After planting the wildflower seeds, they need adequate irrigation for four to six weeks after sowing. If there is not enough rainfall in your area to support plant vegetation growth, you may consider adding an irrigation source near the plot. However, because the selected wildflowers will be native to your area, little to no management should be needed. Initial results can be seen within three to six months after habitat establishment. Within 12 to 18 months, wildflowers and vegetation will be fully established.

Sample wildflower mixes available from Applewood Seed Company include:

Bee Feed Mix

Bee Feed Mix

Western Pollinator Mix

Western Pollinator Mix

Eastern Pollinator Mix

Eastern Pollinator Mix

Honey Bee Mix

Honey Bee Mix

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SYNGENTA IS WORKING WITH beekeepers and researchers around the globe to help improve bee health. Visit OperationPollinator.com or BeeHealth.org to learn more about the activities in other countries and industries.

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