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Published
2 .Feb.2021

The route to sustainable turf

For many years, plant breeders in turfgrass have focused on helping customers to increase their outputs and playing hours, reduce their inputs, and simplify the management of their green spaces in a sustainable way.

To do so, researchers have managed to increase resilience to environmental- and climatic factors such as disease pressure and drought, in order to meet the requirements for future production.

By doubling the plant chromosomes from 2 to 4 sets, the turf perennial ryegrass has enhanced its characteristics. With the new enhanced characteristics the turf tetraploid perennial ryegrasses have proven to be valuable ingredients in the perfect pitch.

These turfgrasses are better known as 4turf®. With an excellent performance and with reduced inputs they offer:

  • Exceptional stress tolerance - creates a healthy, thriving turf with better resistance to weed invasion and improved tolerance to disease
  • Fast establishment - this beats annual bluegrass (Poa annua) and other weeds resulting in less need for herbicides
  • Strong root architecture - this boosts stress and drought tolerance and limits pitch irrigation. This is a key point in reducing the risks of disease attacks and the best way to reduce annual bluegrass
  • Exceptional disease resistance and winter hardiness which means less maintenance and chemical applications
  • An attractive green colour and enhanced nitrogen use efficiency, which results in a beautiful turf with minimal fertiliser applications 

When professional football or rugby teams are playing important matches, the well-managed sports pitches are one of the essentials to form the backdrop. The top-athletes have high pitch requirements; an even and uniform surface to play on, and excellent wear tolerance and resilience. Every time.

To meet these requirements, it is vital that the professional turf managers have a deep and thorough understanding of pitch management. They need to create the perfect pitch for the professional athletes and sports fans to enjoy.
Grass is a living organism that needs to be nursed to be ready for tackles and wear till the next match. If the pitch cant withstand the pressure from wear and tear, the solution can sometimes be to re-establish the pitch with a new seeding or by installing a new sod.

4turf® varieties are increasingly preferred and used by sod producers and pitch managers in the grass industry because of the performance and sustainability reasons. 

Learn more about 4turf® here.