Wherever turf grows, there will be trees or buildings to shade out sunlight. Shade inhibits growth and reduces density, wear-tolerance, and resistance to disease.
For the past 15 years we've been conducting shade trials in tunnels that eliminate 70% of the natural light. Since the average shade-tolerance of our portfolio is already high, we use these tunnels to select and test the very best varieties. Our Masterline© ShadeMaster and Turfline© Shadow do very well in shade.
At our breeding stations in France and Denmark we've covered large test areas in dark nets that cut out at least 30% of the natural daylight. Each week we score them for density and colour, and compare the results with identical varieties growing in full daylight. The best-performing varieties become components of turf mixtures that grow vigorously in the shade.