Limagrain UK produces seed products for the amenity industry working with a network of distributors up and down the country, including Amenity Land Solutions (ALS).
As a sports turf contractor, ALS was asked to construct a new crown green for Hollyfields Bowls Club in Birmingham. The build began in the middle of July and within a week the green was constructed.
Mark Allen, Midlands area sales manager for ALS, and his team used Limagrain's MM10 grass seed - which can be used for construction, overseeding, renovating and repairing high quality greens. Part of the MM range of seed mixtures, MM10 produces a fine, dense sward, is tolerant to close mowing and as well as providing all-year-round colour is also disease resistant and hard wearing.
"It's a quality product and that showed with the grass seed being up and germinating very quickly," Allen said.
"We were looking for a traditional bowling green mixture – an 80:20 fescue/bent mix - but wanted all the qualities that have come about with the improvements in breeding and grass seed production over the last few years. Therefore, we were looking for a mixture of traditional and contemporary and the MM10 offered us exactly what we were looking for."
Roy Swann, a fine turf consultant for Site Maintenance Services, oversees the day-to-day maintenance of the Hollyfields bowls green, and he was also impressed with Limagrain's MM10 seed mixture.
"We achieved germination within eight days and it's been phenomenally successful. In fact, only recently someone said to me that they thought it had been turfed. It offers very good colour and based on how good it was at Hollyfields, I have used it on another green since.
"The grasses are very fine and that will aid the running speed of the green which is what the members of the club wanted to achieve," he added.