Your skills as a groundsman or greenkeeper are the fundamental road to a successful turf. You work tirelessly to keep the grass in tip-top condition so that others can enjoy it. But you can only do so much on your own.
For the most professional results, you need the best grass seed you can lay your hands on. With well adapted top-performing seeds you really can perform the miracles that others expect of you. You can establish turf faster – and with over seeding, you can repair and revive it after a weekend of non-stop sport or renovate it at the end of a long and hard-fought season.
Turf management requires both knowledge and insight. Depending on what requirements you have for your turf, there are different strategies and, grass species and varieties to lean on.
For turf that must stand up to hard wear, you need a stress-tolerant and disease resistant turf with a dense sward. You also need a carefully planned over seeding schedule and a grass seed mixture that offer superior adaptation to your needs.
The characteristics of different species must be fitted to the purpose in order for your turf to perform as expected and no characteristic can stand alone. The power of the mixture is that the varieties have each their role to play. By identifying major stress factors in the specific setting, for example shade or disease pressure, may be most important preparation you can make.
Some good advice on pro turf management in football and golf:
- Efficient seed varieties make maintenance easier, and produce a better result. For example, dense and vigorous varieties resist weed invasion, while adding Microclover® increases your nitrogen efficiency and reduces the need for additional fertilise
- For a more hard-wearing turf choose mixtures with high-wear and shade tolerance, as well as disease-resistance – healthy thriving plants are recovering faster from wear than stressed plants
- Drought-tolerant varieties will need less water – and help you achieve input reduction goals.
- You can over seed throughout the season, but always choose seeds that suit the time of the year
- Salt inhibits the growth of normal grass strains. Choose a salt-tolerant turf mixture if you have high levels of salinity in the turf surroundings or irrigate with recycled water
- For high-traffic areas sow grasses with good wear-tolerance