Beat the drought!
Prolonged drought may seriously damage your lawn. Water Saver® prevents this problem. While other grass plants dry out, Water Saver® remains green. The Barenbrug Research varieties included in Water Saver® have excellent drought and heat tolerance.
Water Saver® contains Barenbrug’s tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and smooth stalked meadow grass. Barenbrug’s smooth stalked meadow grass varieties are known for their great resilience and ability to recover after dry periods. While other varieties are defeated by dry or hot conditions, a Water Saver® variety will soon become green again.
Smooth stalked meadow grass
Smooth meadow grass is the most influential grass in Water Saver®. The range of smooth meadow grass varieties is very large, but Water Saver® contains only those that Barenbrug Research selected as being best in terms of drought tolerance, winter hardiness and wear tolerance.
The chart below shows the resilient characteristics of Water Saver® Poa pratensis types in spring and autumn compared with traditional types.
Unique tall fescue varieties!
Barenbrug’s specific tall fescue varieties form a very deep root system, have a finer leaf texture and greater drought tolerance than traditional tall fescue varieties. The perennial ryegrass contained in Water Saver® moreover ensures rapid establishment and was also specifically selected for its drought tolerance.
The balanced combination of the best Barenbrug tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and smooth stalked meadow grass varieties in Water Saver® ensures excellent drought and heat tolerance.
The following graph shows the quality of Water Saver® seeded in autumn in comparison with that of a traditional tall fescue mixture and a mixture containing perennial ryegrass. The irrigation level was 50% of the Evapotranspiration (ET). The measurements were taken over a period of two years.
Thanks to its deep rooting, the Water Saver® grass obtains water from deeper soil layers. Standard grass plants root less deep and can only obtain water from the top layer (the upper 10 to 15 cm). Such plants will soon die under dry conditions, even before a stage of extreme drought is reached. The tall fescue contained in Water Saver® can root to depths of more than 60 cm and stores water and nutrients (sugars) in its roots, creating a buffer for dry periods, as it were. Smooth stalked meadow grass ensures horizontal growth, resulting in an extensive network of underground rhizomes and roots.
Water & cost savings
Water Saver® can help you save up to 70% on your total amount of irrigation water. In Italy, where the average consumption is 120 litres of water per m2 per month, this soon leads to an overall reduction of 0.70 x 600 litres = 420 litres per m2 in the growing season, which ranges from May until October. That corresponds to 42 m3 water per 100 m2! In euros the savings may amount to € 73.50 per 100 m2, depending on the region.
Barenbrug’s aim, besides being a pioneer in improving grasses, is for its developments to contribute towards a Green Earth on which future generations will also be able to enjoy sports and other forms of recreation. This is why the company introduced its Green Earth label, a quality mark that helps managers of public green spaces use and manage grass in a more sustainable way by making less use of water, fertilisers and pesticides and mowing the grass less often.