Products — Grasses

Lawn grass

Almost all the different amenity grasses we use in our mixtures are in the top ten varieties listed by The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). Each cultivar is selected by us to ensure their all round performance regarding tolerance of close mowing, shoot density, fineness of leaf, cleanliness of cut, winter greenness and the ability to grow strongly after mowing.

AMENITY PERENNIAL RYEGRASS

This is our best selling amenity grass. Its main attraction being its low cutting frequency with good persistence and stability which makes it ideal for many different grass situations at a low price.

BROWN TOP

This is the finest and highest quality grass which makes it an essential component for a first class lawn.

CHEWINGS FESCUE

A very fine fescue which is distinguished by its strong root and sward development. It has excellent tolerance to frequent close mowing and has a low rate of leaf increase which makes it an ideal mixing component with other fine leaved varieties.

CRESTED DOGSTAIL

This is a very attractive yet more traditional grass. It can be used in ornamental lawn mixtures but is more suited to an old time meadow mix.

HARD FESCUE

Its growth habit makes it suitable for both amenity and meadow situations.

CREEPING RED FESCUE

This fescue is perfect for amenity mixtures as it fills out the bottom of the sward and helps to keep a good colour in summer thus making it an essential ingredient for excellent lawns.

ROUGH STALKED MEADOW GRASS

Requires moist conditions and thrives on strong soils. Suitable for tough-wearing situations.

SMOOTH STALKED MEADOW GRASS

As a drought resister this is very valuable under dry conditions. It is suitable for shady areas and has thick shoot density for good ground cover even when mown very short.

These top quality amenity grasses can be blended to form mixtures tailor-made to suit your own special requirements for all situations i.e. golf greens, tees and fairways, horse gallops, car boot fields, playing fields, air strips and runways, road side verges as well as different mixtures for low maintenance landscaping grass.

Lawn & sport mixture

WITHOUT RYEGRASS

A Mix TOP QUALITY ORNAMENTAL - Suitable for top quality lawns, low wear tennis courts, croquet lawns and putting greens.

  • 70% Chewings Fescue
  • 30% Brown Top Bent

B Mix FINE LAWN - Suitable for low wear/low maintenance lawns.

  • 90% Creeping Red Fescue
  • 10% Brown Top Bent

WITH RYEGRASS

C Mix ECONOMY MIX - Low maintenance ground cover.

  • 70% Amenity Perennial Ryegrass
  • 30% Creeping Red Fescue

D Mix SUPERIOR AMENITY MIXTURE - Suitable for hard wearing lawns, cricket pitches, tennis courts and almost all other grassing situations.

  • 35% Amenity Perennial Ryegrass
  • 15% Chewings Fescue
  • 45% Creeping Red Fescue
  • 5% Brown Top

Sowing Rate:

68gms/m² (2oz/yd²)
1 kg covers 15m² (18yd²)

(In order to calculate how many kilos of seed you require, first work out the area in m² and divide by 15).

How much seed do you need?

15 m² / 18 yd² 1 kilo
30 m² / 36 yd²4 kilos
75 m² / 90 yd²5 kilos
100 m² / 120 yd² 7 kilos
150 m² / 180 yd² 10 kilos
200 m² / 240 yd² 14 kilos
250 m² / 300 yd² 17 kilos
300 m² / 360 yd² 20 kilos
500 m² / 600 yd² 34 kilos
750 m² / 900 yd² 50 kilos

Sporting areas

Bowls 1,475m² / 1,764 yd²
Cricket Square 753 m² / 900 yd²
Football (min) 4,180 m² / 5,000 yd²
Football (max) 10,180 m² / 13,000 yd²
Golf (greens) 500 m² / 600 yd²
Golf (18 holes) 9,000 m² / 10,800 yd²
Hockey (min) 4,600 m² / 4,950 yd²
Hockey (max) 4,950 m² / 6,000 yd²
Rugby 6,900 m² / 8,250 yd²
Tennis (regulation) 252 m² /313 yd²
Tennis (full size) 670 m² / 800 yd²

Agricultural grass

Cocksfoot

Cocksfoot produces high yields in late summer and is suitable for use as autumn keep in November and December. It is sometimes used as a special purpose grass on the drier, free-draining soils of East Anglia. It is often used in strips of cereals to provide habitat for aphid eating beetles. Early varieties are available with high yields at first conversion cut.

Meadow Fescue

An excellent hay type, which is also good for early grazing.

Italian Ryegrass

These grasses grow quickly and early for a short duration. They provide the bulk of hay and under suitable management, continuous grazing.

Westerwolth Ryegrass

Fast growing, useful for quick cropping, patching of leys and building up humus in orchards.

Timothy

High yields with a very good first conversion cut at 67D. Excellent ground cover and mid-season digestibility.

Perennial Ryegrass

These vigorous grasses are durable, long lasting and tiller well. They form the basis of most pastures and their root capacity makes a big contribution to soil humus and thus soil fertility.

Mixtures

Number 1 LOW MAINTENANCE

Low growing grasses are from the amenity list therefore this mixture can be used as an alternative cost effective general purpose amenity grass mixtures.

  • 5.0 kgTurf Perennial Ryegrass
  • 5.0 kg Creeping Red Fescue
  • 10 kg per acre

Number 2 LOW MAINTENANCE + Clover

This mixture provides an effective means of covering the land with robust and vigorous grass as well as adding some nitrogen to the soil with the red clover.

  • 3.0 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 5.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 0.25 kg Broad Red Clover
  • 8.25 kg per acre

Number 3 LOW MAINTENANCE no Clover

Similar to No 2 but without the clover.
Excellent long or short term ground cover.

  • 2.0 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 6.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 8.0 kg per acre

Number 4 GENERAL PURPOSE & EARLY BITE

A vigorous and highly productive one-year ley. Suitable for spring or early autumn sowing. The first cut is usually taken around the second and third weeks of May.

  • 2.0 kg Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
  • 5.0 kg Italian Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg Essex Broad/Merviot Red Clover
  • 10.0 kg per acre

Two year Ley

Number 5 HIGH YIELD SILAGE MIXTURE

This is an excellent mixture combining the best quality grass for a maximum yield. It provides a very high D-value at the first cut (weeks 2-3 in May) and a high soluble carbohydrate content which is important for good silage fermentation. No 5 will improve profitability with winter milk production due to the improved palatability and the reduced need for silage additives.

  • 4.0 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg Italian Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg Intermediate Tetraploid PRG
  • 15.0 kg per acre

Three/four year Ley

Number 6 GOOD GENERAL PURPOSE

This is an excellent mixture full of highly listed varieties, useful for a multi-purpose grass situation. The ley will have a thick bottom sward for good hay, silage and grazing.

  • 2.0 kg Italian Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg Intermediate Tetraploid PRG
  • 2.5 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 0.5 kg Church White Clover Blend
  • 12.0 kg per acre

Number 7 LONG TERM HAY 

A robust and resourceful mixture that contains persistent varieties ensuring good yields for cutting and grazing over many years. The late perennial ryegrass provides a thick bottom sward for good regeneration after each cut.

  • 2.0 kg Intermediate Tetraploid PRG
  • 6.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 6.0 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 14.0 kg per acre

Number 8 INTENSIVE GRAZING

This long-term ley is rich in quality grasses providing all year round hardwearing grazing. It is especially good for lamb production. The highly nutritious clover blend complements the late perennial ryegrasses at the bottom of the sward. This hardy mixture can be used on all soil types.

  • 3.0 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 2.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg Intermediate Tetraploid PRG
  • 2.0 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg Late Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.0 kg Church Grazing White Clover Blend
  • 14.0 kg per acre

Number 9 MIDDLE TO LATE GRAZING

A combination of highly productive ryegrasses together with our nutritious clover blend allows some intensive grazing after a highly productive hay cut. The clover blend makes the grazing more palatable and will subsequently improve live weight gain.

  • 3.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg Intermediate Tetraploid PRG
  • 6.0 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.0 kg Church Grazing White Clover Blend
  • 14.0 kg per acre

Long term mixtures

Number 10 LONG TERM LEY

The mix of grasses in this long term ley have been selected to produce excellent yields for cutting and grazing over many years. The Timothy is exceptionally resistant to cold temperatures and provides good late season growth. The combination of white clover and vigorous perennial ryegrass provides an excellent sward for grazing and cutting. No 10 is often used as a general purpose long term ley.

  • 3.0 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 2.0 kg Late Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.0 kg Medium Timothy
  • 1.0 kg Late Timothy
  • 0.5 kg Church All-purpose White Clover Blend
  • 12.5 kg per acre

Number 11 SHEEP AND YOUNG STOCK

Our sheep and young stock mixture is intended for profitable stock production with the emphasis placed on seasonal production, live weight gain and fattening. The white clover increases production, reduces inputs and maintains profit margins.

  • 2.0 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.5 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.0 kg Medium Timothy
  • 1.0 kg Late Timothy
  • 0.5 kg Church All-purpose White Clover Blend
  • 13.0 kg per acre

Number 12 HORSE MIXTURE

For a permanent horse pasture, this mixture is one of the best available. It is specifically constructed for horse paddocks and stud farms to provide balanced grazing and tough dense turf. The ley can be grazed intensively throughout the year and the creeping red fescue has excellent repairing qualities for the heavy users.

  • 2.0 kg Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 2.0 kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 2.0 kg Late Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.0 kg Meadow Fescue
  • 1.0 kg Medium Timothy
  • 1.0 kg Late Timothy
  • 1.5 kg Creeping Red
  • 13.5 kg per acre

Herbs for horses

An excellent additive to the No 12 mixture and popular with horse lovers. A simple herb blend in the ley enables horses to receive an increased mineral intake in the diet. Most wild herbs are drought resistant and can improve drainage with their deep roots penetrating the subsoil. The flavour of the herbs improves the palatability and thus the horses relish the fresh herb ley.

Church Horse Herb Blend

Chicory Cichorium intybus
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor
Ribgrass Plantaga lanceolata
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Sainfoin Onobrychis viciifolia
Sheeps ParsleyPetroselinum crispum

Haylage mixture

Haylage is simply forage that is baled at a higher moisture content than dry hay and then stored in a sealed plastic wrap. Because of the high moisture level and air tight environment, the forage ferments and is preserved by acid production during fermentation. A big advantage of this is obviously the decreased curing time needed from cutting to baling which makes weather less of a factor.

  • 7.0 kg Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 2.0 kg Timothy
  • 2.0 kg Late Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.5 kg Creeping Red Fescue
  • 1.5 kg Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
  • 14 kg per acre

REARING PEN MIX

Low growth mixture but hard wearing with the inclusion of White Clover to attract insect activity for young poults.

  • 6.0 kg Turf Perennial Ryegrass
  • 6.0 kg Creeping Red Fescue
  • 2.5 kg White Clover
  • 14.5 kg per acre

BESPOKE MIXTURES

Mixing all our own grass leys here at Church of Bures, means that we are very well placed to produce bespoke mixtures if required, whether this is a 'tweak' to one of our standard mixes, or for a mixture to be made completely to your own specification. Please call us for advice and to discuss your requirements.