DLF Seeds recently opened the doors of their research & development centre in Didbrook, Gloucestershire, to host more than 20 members from the UK Lawn Care Association (UKLCA). Following presentations from the DLF team on current and future challenges in seed selection and turf management, attendees were treated to an informative tour around the trial plots to see and compare the cultivars of both today and tomorrow…
The event in early July opened with a presentation from Regional Technical Manager Ian Barnett who delivered an introduction to DLF, their brands and methodology in producing pure quality seeds for every bag. Dog patch resistant mixtures were also discussed which was a popular topic with those in attendance – primarily working with customers from the domestic market. Technical Manager David Rhodes then followed with a useful session on species identification, followed by a presentation on the development and benefits of the BSPB seed guide.
Visitors were then treated to a tour of the trials area, where attendees could put the mornings theory into practice. The DLF team remained on hand to discuss the various pros and cons of the many different seed varieties in different environments and situations, whilst keeping an eye on new potential developments with a glimpse at some of the cultivars currently being trialled.
Jim Hewlett, UKLCA committee member said “It was a fascinating day, and there was much to learn from the presentations and test site – which clearly demonstrated the differences between varieties and informed attendees on what goes into research and production of the popular Johnsons, MM and Masterline ranges. Seed selection is extremely important to professional lawn care companies, and seeing this first-hand means we can be sure to choose the right and best cultivars to meet our customers' requirements.”
Derek Smith, DLF Amenity Sales & Marketing Manager added, “It was a real pleasure to host members from the Lawn Care Association. It’s fantastic to be sharing our knowledge of turf grasses and wildflower meadows and is testament to the membership of the UKLCA that they are investing their time to ensure their knowledge is completely up to date with the latest technical data.”