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Turf supplier: Types of turf

There are several different types of turf grown by turf suppliers, each of which is suitable for use in a particular situation. For example:

  • standard domestic general contract
  • fine and medium fine for sports such as bowls, tennis, cricket and fairways
  • specialist heavy duty for sports such as football or rugby - or for equestrian activities

Turf seed mixtures are specially blended from a mixture of different grass seeds according to the use that the turf will have. For example the mix may be blended to tolerate shade, drought, very heavy usage, excessive moisture, different soil types, adverse weather conditions and so on.

Grass seed is produced by specialist farms, many of which are licensed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Scottish Government Rural Affairs and Environment Department and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland to clean their seeds to get rid of weeds that might contaminate the crop. Cleaned seed must be sampled by a licensed sampler and must be tested by a licensed laboratory before it can be sold.

Good quality turf seed suppliers comply with the quality standards laid down by the Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) which specifies that cultivars of turfgrass for turf production should be included in the current edition of Turfgrass Seed, produced by the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB), supported by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).

You can find out more about seed mixtures from specialist turfgrass seed suppliers such as Germinal Seeds or Barenbrug UK. You can use the interactive specifier's tool on the Germinal Amenity website to select their most appropriate grass seed for a particular use.