Products — Grasses

Lawn grass

All of the grasses we use in our mixtures are 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/summer greeness and the ability to grow strongly after mowing.

BROWN TOP BENT

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.

DWARF PERENNIAL RYEGRASS

Low cutting frequency, good persistance, hard wearing, quick to germinate and establish.  Works well with other low growing species like red fescues'.

HARD FESCUE

A highly drought tolerant, low nutrient grass.  Able to tolerate close mowing.  Flexible in its diverse range of uses.

SLENDER CREEPING RED FESCUE

A dense species that has a creeping growth habit. Has a finer leaf and has less aggressive growth, which makes it better suited to creating fine, high quality lawns.

SMOOTH STALKED MEADOW GRASS

Known to be one of the greenest grasses in spring.  When mown short it is a valuable addition to a lawn.  If left to grow, it offers food for several insects.

STRONG CREEPING RED FESCUE

As the name implies, this grass has creeping rhizomes.  More vigorous than similar species which helps to create a dense, hardwearing lawn. The shallow roots help to remain green even in drier soils.

Lawn & sport mixture

WITHOUT RYEGRASS

A Mix TOP QUALITY ORNAMENTAL - Fine & luxurious, traditional fescue and bent mixture for exceptional golf green quality.  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 - An ideal mixture for a low wear and maintenance golf green like lawn, providing good germination with excellent year round colour. 

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

WITH RYEGRASS

C Mix ECONOMY MIX - A versitile mixture, with excellent wear tolerance offering good sward density. Suitalabe for both winter and summer sports.

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

D Mix SUPERIOR AMENITY MIXTURE - An excellent mixture for rapid renovation and construction of lawns.  The inclusion of Perennial Ryegrass combined with fine fescues and bent grass ensures a dense, hard wearing lawn for all round family use whilst giving quality and good appearance. 

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

E Mix SHADY LAWN - A high quality mixture that is specifically designed to create an excellent lawn in shaded areas.

  • 40% Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass
  • 40% Creeping Red Fescue
  • 20% Hard Fescue

 

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 yd²2 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

Produces high yields in late summer. It is sometimes used as a special purpose grass on the drier, free-draining soils of East Anglia. It is often used in strips to provide habitat for aphid eating beetles. 

Meadow Fescue

A large fescue which is excellent for early grazing, and can be made into hay.

Italian Ryegrass

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

Westerwolds

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

Timothy

High yields with a very good first conversion ut 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.

Crested Dogstail

A traditional grazing grass, which helps fill the base of the sward. Grows well late into the season. Used in traditional pastures and alongside wild flowers.

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 kg  Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass
  • 5.0 kg  Creeping Strong Red Fescue
  • 10 kgs per acre

Number 2 ONE YEAR RYEGRASS LEY

This short term mixture is very quick to establish and will provide large, high quality forage yields.

  • 7.0   kg Westerwolds
  • 7.0   kg Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
  • 14.0 kgs per acre

Number 3 HAYLAGE

Haylage is simply forage that is baled at a higher moisture level 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 tis 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   Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 1.5 kg   Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
  • 14.0 kgs 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.

  •  5.0 kg  Italian Ryegrass
  •  2.0 kg  Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
  •  3.0 kg  Red Clover
  • 10.0kgs per Acre

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 Perennial Ryegrass
  • 15.0 kgs per Acre

Number 6 GOOD GENERAL PURPOSE

This is an excellent mixture full of highly list 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
  • 2.5 kg  Early Perennial Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg  Intermediate Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg  Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 0.5 kg  White Clover
  • 13.0 kgs 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 Perennial Ryegrass
  • 6.0 kg  intermediate Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass
  • 6.0 kg  Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 14.0 kgs per Acre

Number 8 INTENSIVE GRAZING

This long-term ley is rich is quality grasses providing all year round hardwearing grazing.  It is especialy good for lamb production.  The highly nutritious clover blend complements the late perennial ryegrass at the bottom of the sward.  The 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 Perennial Ryegrass
  • 2.0 kg   Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 3.0 kg   Late Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass
  • 1.0 kg   White Clover
  • 14.0kgs per Acre

Number 9 ALPACA MIXTURE

Alpacas and llamas have become increasingly popular in recent years.  Due to their grazing habits, they tend to prefer lower growing, softer and leafier plants that are high in nutrition, but low in sugars.  This mixture contains a variety of palatable and nutritional grasses.

  • 3.0 kg   Timothy
  • 3.0 kg   Meadow Fescue
  • 2.5 kg   Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 2.0 kg   Hard Fescue
  • 1.0 kg   Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
  • 1.0 kg   Cocksfoot
  • 0.5 kg   Highland Bent
  • 13.0kgs per Acre

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   White Clover
  • 12.5kgs 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   White Clover 
  • 13.0 kgs 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
  • 13.5kgs 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
Sheeps Burnet Sanguisorba minor
Ribgrass Plantaga lanceolata
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Sainfoin Onobrychis viciifolia
Sheeps ParsleyPetroselinum crispum

Natural horse mixture

A non-ryegrass horse mixture which contains a wide selection of traditional, natural grasses providing a healthy, balanced diet.  Research has linked the consumption of ryegrass with an increased risk of laminitis so, by avoiding a ryegrass the pasture offers the horses and ponies a pasture rich in nutrients and minerals but not in sugars.

  • 3.5kg Meadow Fescue
  • 3.0kg  Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 2.0kg Timothy
  • 2.0kg Crested Dogtail
  • 1.5kg Cocksfoot
  • 1.5kg Hard Fescue
  • 0.5kg Browntop Bent
  • 14.0kgs per acre

 

Victoria Mixture

  • 4.0 kg   Meadow Fescue
  • 5.0 kg   Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 2.0 kg   Timothy
  • 2.0 kg   Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
  • 13.0kgs per Acre

Rearing Pen Mixture

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

  • 6.0 kg    Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass
  • 6.0 kg   Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 2.5 kg   White  Clover
  • 14.5kgs per Acre

Vineyard Mixtures

Turf makes vineyard maintenance easier and safer.  Rain on the soil surface can spread vineyard diseases.  Grass lowers the risk of disease disposal.  Clover is added to the mixture as a low cost and sustainable way to add nitrogen into the soil, acting as a slow release fertilizer for the companion grasses.

 

  • 6.0 kg   Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass
  • 4.0 kg   Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 2.0 kg   Hard Fescue
  • 3.0 kg   Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
  • 1.0 kg   White Clover
  • 16.0kgs per Acre

 

 POLLINATING VINEYARD MIXTURE

Designed to create a low growing grass sward while also providing necessary resources for pollinating insects.  The flowering species will bloom through spring and summer.

  • 5.0 kg   Chewings Fescue
  • 2.0 kg   Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • 2.0 kg   Hard Fescue
  • 2.0 kg   Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass
  • 0.5 kg   Browntoop Bent
  • 0.8 kg   Crested Dogstail
  • 0.5 kg   Red Clover
  • 0.5 kg   Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • 0.4 kg   White Clover
  • 0.3 kg   Alsike Clover
  • 14.0kgs per Acre

Bespoke Mixture

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 do not hesitate to contact us for advice and to discuss your requirements.