Filling a gap
The commercial turf market needed a turf that would be:
- Pleasing to the eye for public parks and playing fields.
- High performance year ‘round in heavy use spaces, such as sporting fields and public turf areas.
- Better for the environment by using less water,less chemicals and less fertiliser.
- Highly adaptable and able to perform, no matter what soil type and climate.
- Pure and genetically strong kikuyu.
Thus Village Green was selected and filled a need that other turf grass was unable to meet. A need for a hardy grass, with good winter activity and colour that is suitable for sports fields, public open space, golf courses and other commercial uses.
Finding a solution
During 2003-2008, turf experts conducted a series of selection trials around Australia, which comparedmore than 100 strains of male sterile Kikuyu The experts took measurements of growth rate, height,stolen thickness, root volume and colour.
Village Green was a stand-out performer across all climates and conditions.Trials were also held in harsh climates, with temperatures as cold as minus 3 degrees Celsius in winter up to 40 in summer.
At the same time, the experts evaluated the growers to investigate growth rate and the ease of harvesting – studying such things as roll consistency thickness and weight. .
All this rigourous testing led to Village Green receiving Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) from IP Australia in June 2008
We are proud of the thorough analysis and selection process – no other Kikuyu can boast the same – and Village Green passed with flying colours.
So, you can rest assured it has been specifically selected using rigorous scientific principles, for traits that suit the Australian commercial market.
Village Green is Australian born and bred, and is perfect for our harsh conditions.
Why Village Green.
Sporting grounds are always a demanding environment for turfgrasses. They are used year ‘round – particularly in winter, when cold weather shows the growth of most warm season varieties.
For top-grade ovals, cool-season grasses, such as rye grass, are often over-sown during autumn into a warm-season grass,which gives better wear resistance and colour in the cold weather.
This yearly task is expensive and time-consuming, so is only used for first-class ovals. In the lower grades, there is no over-sowing so the ground turns to mud and can become unsafe.
Village Green Turf is a very winter-active kikuyu with a deep-green colour, which gives a hard-wearing playing surface all year, without the need of over-seeding with ryegrass.
Councils and developers arealways aware of the need to create and maintain environmentally aware public spaces. On top of this, many parks are near sensitive waterways, wetlands or remnant vegetation, yet still need to be used by the public.
The best option is avariety of turf grass that is green and produces dense, year ‘round cover, but won’t harmthe environment. Village Green, with its huge root system and thick rhizomes, need less water and fertilizer than other warm-season varieties, and looks great all year.
In fact, Village Green grass is a stand-out across the board and has been selected for both its looks and its hardiness.
Check out how Village Green compares with couchand standard kikuyu.