Rigby Taylor, the company at the forefront of supplying innovative products for the successful management and maintenance of turf surfaces, has introduced eight new grass seed mixtures featuring tetraploid technology ryegrasses, all with Germin-8 liquid seed treatment.
The new tetraploid grasses boast double the number of chromosones compared to diploid perennial ryegrass – which increases cellular chloroplasts that boost chlorophyll production for energy absorption. This results in a more robust, healthier plant with stronger deeper roots, greater disease and drought tolerance as well as superb colour.
A particular benefit during the main renovation and transitional sowing periods is the plants’ ability to provide faster germination at temperatures from 4°C and superior winter wear. Also included are varieties ideal for cold temperature divotting. There is a recommended mixture for every grass surface for construction, renovation, transitional seeding and repairs.
Each individual grass seed in all mixtures is pre-applied with Germin-8 liquid seed treatment, a potent cocktail of speciality penetrating surfactants, targeted nutrients, stimulants and micronised mycorrhizae. The benefits of Germin-8 are activated when the seed comes in contact with moisture in the rootzone, stimulating rapid cell division for faster germination and emergence plus earlier root mass development.
Independent trials have shown up to 100% increases in germination achieved after just 10 days.
Alan Ferguson, FA Group Head of Grounds & Estates, commented: “The tetraploid technology mixtures R140 and R14 CR were specially selected to be used on England’s Euro 2016 training pitches to replicate the surfaces that the players are used to when training at St George’s Park or playing at Wembley. Both seed mixtures rapidly outcompeted the existing grasses to bring the surfaces up to the standard we required. Both mixtures were treated with Germin-8.”