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January 2013

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the Groundsman January 2013 The Barenbrug BAR Range for 2013 features new and improved mixtures, and top-performing cultivars. The sports perennial ryegrass mixture BAR 7 was last year enhanced with the revolutionary new Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass (RPR), but now a fine turf favourite benefits from the creeping growth habit of cultivar Barclay II. BAR Extreme RPR provides the proven benefits of the original BAR Extreme dwarf perennial ryegrass blend, PRODUCT SHOWCASE 29 and Barclay II's elongated tillers now give superior establishment, recovery, wear tolerance and surface stability. A new innovation for 2013 is BAR Salt & Drought, the result of extensive in-field trials on the Isle of Man at King William's College together with in-depth laboratory studies on drought tolerance in Italy and Holland. Harnessing a blend of perennial ryegrass and fine fescue species selected specifically for increased tolerance to both salt and drought conditions, BAR Salt & Drought promises to be of great benefit to links courses and other landscaping in coastal regions affected by drought. New to BAR 7 RPR for 2013 is Barorlando. This is a 'standard' perennial ryegrass in the sense that it does not have creeping properties. But it holds top spot on Table S1 (sports grass). It scores highest for live ground cover, visual merit and shoot density, plus has the joint highest visual merit score of any grass for any use in the UK. Barenbrug has added 25 per cent Barorlando to BAR 7 RPR also on the strength of its superb tolerance to Leaf Spot and its vibrant mid-green colour. Likewise, BAR Fescue has been newly enhanced with Barlineus. Though listed as a new cultivar on Table G2, Barlineus could claim the title of the highest ranked cultivar across all grass species in the UK, thanks to its impressive Turfgrass Seed guide mean score of 8.7. Other noteworthy cultivars impressing in the guide include Bargold, ranked number one on Table G4 and one of Barenbrug's best cultivars for Leaf Spot tolerance. Then there's Barsignum, which has the joint highest visual merit score of 8.5 (with Barorlando) for any grass across all species in the UK. Relative newcomer Viktorka also takes the number one spot on L4. www.barenbrug.co.uk Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions

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