Selecting grass seed for your cricket square

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Selecting grass seed for your cricket square

  1. 1. Selecting Grass Seed for your Cricket Square<br />David Hodgson<br />Practicing Groundsman Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club <br />Local agent for Hurrells Specialist Seeds<br />Member IOG, YCBGA vice chair<br />
  2. 2. Dedicated to quality<br />
  3. 3. What are the options?<br />Bents and Fescues<br />Bents, Fescues and Dwarf Perennial Rye Grass<br />Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass<br />
  4. 4. Bents and Fescue<br />Advantages<br />Lower fertiliser requirement<br />Tolerant to drought - to some extent<br />Fine leaf<br />Dense sward<br />Relatively low maintenance<br />Tolerant to close mowing<br />
  5. 5. Bents and Fescues<br />Disadvantages<br />Needs high germination temperatures<br />Slow to establish<br />Not so wear tolerant<br />Can be expensive<br />Poor recovery<br />Prone to disease<br />
  6. 6. Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass<br />Advantages<br />Lowgermination temperature<br />Rapid establishment<br />Excellent wear tolerance<br />Strong dense root system<br />Responds well to fertiliser application<br />
  7. 7. Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass<br />Disadvantages<br />Higher maintenance<br />Greater fertiliser requirement<br />Sparser ground cover<br />Not such a fine leaf<br />Can be susceptible to red thread<br />
  8. 8. Selection your Ryegrass cultivars<br />Maybe site specific<br />Level of Cricket played<br />May depend on type of loam <br />Susceptibility of red thread in area<br />
  9. 9. British Society of Plant Breeders STRI<br />Every year BSPB/STRI produce a booklet<br />Turfgrass Seed 2001<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. BSPB/STRI List<br />Shoot density<br />Fineness of leaf<br />Slow regrowth<br />Visual merit <br />Mean<br />Resistance to red thread<br />Cleanness of cut<br />Winter greenness<br />Summer greenness<br />
  12. 12. Interpretation of scores<br />Slow regrowth<br />The list gives a high score for “Slow regrowth”.<br />Which is good from a mowing point of view however on a Cricket square you would want the opposite “Fast regrowth” to help in the recovery of your pitch after use<br />
  13. 13. Choose a mix of cultivars<br />One growing season is different from the next.<br />So one cultivar may perform better one season to another <br />A mix of at least two would be wise <br />Most seed houses would include three<br />
  14. 14. Hurrells Mix for 2011<br />30% Cachmire<br />30% Margarita<br />40% Flamenco<br />This mix will establish quickly be hard wearing have a fine leaf, tolerate close mowing with good regrowth qualities <br />
  15. 15. David Hodgson’s mix for 2011<br />40% Cachmire<br />30% Carnac<br />30% Sauvignon<br />As you can see I have chosen a different mix based on my experience<br />
  16. 16. Kirkstall Cricket Club Work<br />Sprayed off pitch with Glyphosate 1st September<br />
  17. 17. 18 Days after sowing<br />Scarified and seeded 25th September<br />By 13th October we had this<br />100% Cachmire<br />
  18. 18. In just 18 days last autumn<br />
  19. 19. Thank you for your attention<br />David Hodgson and <br />Hurrells Specialist Seeds<br />

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