The Groundsman

October 2012

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the Groundsman October 2012 FEATURE 23 A strong favourite at Windsor There are few racing certainties, but a quality grass seed which provides a greener, thicker, better looking surface is a better bet to maintain a top racecourse Jeff Green, Clerk of the Course and Grounds Manager at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Berkshire, believes investing in the A20 Premier Ryesport from British Seed Houses is money well spent. "I came across it by chance and it certainly proved its worth. I have tried other cheaper options but I keep coming back to it because it delivers what I need. In fact, you could say I have done my own seed trials and have based my decisions on the results," he said. Delivering consistently high standards is important at a course which hosts 26 race meetings a year from April to October, as well as IOG SALTEX. It takes a battering from thousands of visitors as well as the thundering hooves racing for the finishing post. Repairing the running surface after race days is important not just for the horses' benefit but also so it looks good for spectators. Jeff uses A20 Premier Ryesport across the whole of the running surface which covers eight-and-a-half hectares, using it for repairs and for overseeding. A20 is a four way ryegrass mixture which is noted for its hard wearing, disease resistance and good winter recovery qualities. He said: "When I came here in 2009, the course was using several suppliers and many sorts of grass seed mixes. When BSH dropped off a bag of A20 to try, I gave it a go. The difference it made was clear; the repairs were much improved so I went and ordered more. "A week after a race meeting, the worn patches have a green tinge and two weeks later the patches are completely healed over. The seed provides quick repairs which look good and produce a better finished surface. It germinates more quickly and with shoot density greater but finer than other mixes I have used in the past. "It is great for winter colour and coming through out of the spring. I know it costs more but I am probably using less seed than I was before and I know I can rely on the results." Repair work will be required following IOG SALTEX as the crossing areas are covered with a steel mat for the show, but Jeff is confident A20 will get it back to its best. And with restoration work required on the site following the Olympics, he has also recommended British Seed Houses' parkland mix for the re-seeding.

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