Turfgrass Seed Mixtures in the United Kingdom1
- J. P. Shildrick
The customary United Kingdom turfgrass seed mixtures are reviewed in terms of three elements: perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.); Festuca and Agrostis spp.; ‘medium grasses’" (i.e., species such as Poa and Phleum spp. which are intermediate in their qualities between the first two types). A seed mixture trial sown at Bingley in 1971 and trials sown at Bingley and two other centers (Bush and Monks Wood, Cambridgeshire) in 1975 were subjected to artificial wear to simulate football games. The 1971-sown trial obtained best results, under football-type wear, from polystands consisting mainly of perennial ryegrass, red fescue (F. rubra) , and colonial bentgrass (A. tenuis) (corresponding in this respect to most of the commercially available seed mixtures). The 1975-sown trials, however, found considerable value in the ‘medium grasses,’ timothy (Phleum pratense) and Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis), in seed mixtures resembling those recommended for sports fields in the Netherlands. This difference may be due to the greater age of the 1971-sown trial when wear started or to the different types of wear treatment.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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