Turfgrass growers promise to bridge 'huge gulf' between turf producers and installers

A realisation of the need to develop stronger ties between turf producers and end users in the landscape sector has "sown the seeds" of a new partnership.

The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) plans to work closely with BALI and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) next year to increase understanding along the supply chain.

The relationship was sparked by a presentation given by APL vice-chairman Mark Gregory to members of the TGA at its autumn meeting in Peterborough. He highlighted turf as being an "essential element" of the landscape but told growers there was a greater need to train landscapers in laying and aftercare to ensure the maximum benefit.

"There is a huge gulf," Gregory explained. "There's a lack of horticultural understanding in the [landscape] sector and a lot of people don't think of turf as a plant. They think you just whack it down but there is an education needed and you are often not working in ideal conditions."

He added: "There are issues of bad soil and diseases and the turf sector could help us understand how to do our job better."

Gregory pointed out that turf had a "unifying effect" in a design as well as beneficial environmental characteristics. He suggested that greater use of turf in sustainable urban drainage systems would increase its profile.

TGA chief executive Tim Mudge told HW that arranging an event to bring together BALI, the APL and the TGA was on the association's "to-do list".

"The seeds of the idea were sown with Gregory's talk and we want to try to organise an event pulling together production and users," he explained.

"It has come from a realisation that we need to be better informed ourselves, as well as being able to better inform our customers."

A date has not yet been set for the three organisations to meet, but Mudge said it would be a priority once BTME Harrogate Week on 17-21 January is over.

 

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