Careful interpretation of detailed soil analysis results has helped many turf growers to improve the performance of their turf. Too many farmers rely on free analyses from fertiliser and lime companies, all too often resulting in the use of the wrong fertiliser or its overuse.
Seed purity check
Quality of turfgrass seed in the UK is governed by the Fodder Plant Seeds (England) Regulations (2002). This is an agricultural standard and does not take into account the higher seed rates used in turf culture. The importance of agricultural grass weeds, such as black grass and wild oats, is negligible in turf, while knowing the content of Poa annua and Lolium perenne is vital. Robert Laycock’s seed purity check is a search by a qualified seed analyst of a 25-50 gram seed sample (depending on species) to allow the content of important weed seeds to be assessed. Do not confuse this with some seed testing stations purity tests which count weed seeds in a small (3 gram) sample then multiply the result by 10 to get a result for 30 grams.
Independent research trials can be conducted on their own land for organisations and individual turf growers.