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No other grass seed breeder undertakes as much testing as we do. 

It's what makes our grass the professionals choice.

 

Trial locations

With investment in trials sites from the North-east of Scotland down to Cornwall and across to the West coast of Ireland, Barenbrug believes that thorough testing and in-field trials with clients can help to provide tailor-made solutions relevant to regional conditions and environments.  As well as providing customers with valuable hands-on advice and technical support, these trials increase our knowledge of mixture performance and versatility – another way we can deliver the perfect solution for your turf issues and problems.

Find out the latest news from our extensive in-field trials here.

Berwick upon Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club
When Northumberland course Goswick Links became a British Open regional qualifier venue back in 2008, head greenkeeper George Thompson called in Barenbrug’s David Greenshields for expert advice on how to get the course in pristine condition.

Having worked with various grass seed companies over the years, George needed a mixture that would withstand some extreme climatic conditions. Being located in the far northeast of England on the coast, the course is subject to cold and strong north-easterly winds, which result in a struggle to achieve the desired sward density.

After a successful trial, a special mixture was recommended containing a blend of three Barenbrug-bred slender creeping red fescues – Viktorka, Barcrown and Barpearl.

The combined strengths of these cultivars was key to finding a blend able to cope with the course conditions.

With a combination of hard work from George and David’s advice the results have even exceeded George’s expectations: “One of the main benefits the new mixture brings is that the course doesn’t dry out as much because we’ve got much better drought resistance now. It also keeps its colour without being too green – it’s just the right balance. All in all, it looks great and performs really well.”

Following trials, this mixture has now been launched as BAR TRIO

Wolves In-field Trials.

Premier League football club Wolverhampton Wanderers has put a number of upcoming new sports mixtures through their paces in an intense wear trial conducted on the club’s training grids as part of Barenbrug’s breeding programme.

Seven Barenbrug mixtures were sown within a 10m2 grid inside the club’s rehabilitation area, which totals 40m2.

This relatively small area is reserved for training players recovering from injury and is hence subject to concentrated wear similar to that around goal areas. First sown in May 2009, the aim of the trial is to see how these upcoming mixtures would withstand such intense wear – in particular, smooth-stalked meadowgrass mixtures, which aren’t normally used in renovation mixtures due to their slower establishment.

The results are very encouraging;  the inclusion of new cultivars of smooth-stalked meadowgrass in the mixtures enabling them to establish faster for the mixture type, working alongside the perennial ryegrasses to improve surface stability and recovery.

Head groundsman, Wayne Lumbard is so impressed with the results that he’s recently embarked on a new BAR GT Sport trial. Sown earlier this summer around the training pitch peripheries, the trial area will be treated to control Poa annua and will be assessed on wear performance prior to trialling on the main training pitch itself.  Wayne is hoping to sow the revolutionary glyphosate tolerant mixture to help control Poa annua ingression in the future.

BAR Low Input and RTF

Tandridge

Tandridge District Council in Surrey has been working with us to find low-input playing surface solutions for the football pitches, and various sports and amenity sites it manages.

Senior groundsman Phillip Waterman struggled to get cover on two high-wear public football pitches at Tandridge District Council’s Queens Park and Caterham Valley Sports Ground sites due to the limited  fertiliser and water resources.

Recognising that water and chemical inputs are increasingly costly, short-term solutions, Phillip made the commitment to getting better-quality, drought-tolerant grasses into the surfaces to provide a long-term, low-input solution. “Our ultimate aim is to get better grasses into the soil that will survive and be self-sufficient.”

Working towards this, Phillip and the Barenbrug team established a trial at the two football pitches to identify cultivars and mixtures able to cope with the challenging conditions.

BAR Low Input containing heat and drought-tolerant Bardorado perennial ryegrass and drought-tolerant tall fescue mixture BAR 10 RTF shone through in the trial.

"At the end of season, even though it’s showing wear, you can still see that growth. I’m amazed it survived. I’m very pleased with the results." says Phillip.

The trial has confirmed to Phillip that finding grass seed solutions to cope with the hot, dry conditions and reduced inputs across all the sites he maintains is the right approach. “Since using Barenbrug seed I haven’t sprayed the cricket or croquet lawns in Queens Park for three years – the croquet lawn got fusarium after the snow last winter, but recovered without treatment. We seem to be getting good results using Barenbrug, so that’s the best way forward as far as I’m concerned.”



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