PRO Supplier

MM seed first-class at Oxford University

Jon Buddington, Grounds Manager at the world-famous Oxford University, has reported excellent results from using a range of Limagrain’s MM grass seed.

Oxford University – the world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Gifted men and women have studied or taught at the University throughout its great history. Among them are 28 British Prime Ministers, at least 30 international leaders and 55 Nobel Prize winners.

Academic success aside, the University has also produced 120 Olympic medal winners and is currently ranked among the top British universities for sport thanks to coaching and student commitment.

7313338094?profile=RESIZE_584xOxford University Sport manages the University sports facilities at Iffley Road Sports Centre and the sports pitches within University Parks and on Marston Road. The man tasked with maintaining these wonderful facilities, which consists of 24 hectares of grass surfaces, is Jon Buddington, who has been the University’s Grounds Manager for two years.

As a frequent user of Limagrain seed throughout his 30-year career history, Jon was not surprised to see Limagrain’s MM50 seed performing well on a newly constructed cricket square upon the start of his tenure at the University.

“The new cricket square was overseeded with MM50 and because of the great results we continued to use it,” he said. “Now we overseed with MM50 at the end of the cricket season and put a bit on pre-season just before we start rolling.

“We find that we get incredible results by overseeding with MM50 in the early spring when the surface is still damp, just before we start any heavy maintenance. It has been a very good seed for us especially for cricket - the MM50 has very good wear tolerance and we hardly ever get any debris.”

As Jon says, MM50, a blend of fine-leaved ryegrasses, is ideal for cricket squares and outfields. This hard-wearing mix has rapid germination, very fine leaved appearance, high shoot density and is tolerant to very close mowing, along with high disease resistance. All these attributes together produce a fantastic sward that has great colour all year round. It is also widely praised for its rapid recovery.

In the early stages of his new position at Oxford, Jon’s attentions soon turned towards the winter pitches. After consultation with trusted supplier, MW Turfcare, he was advised to try Limagrain’s MM60 seed on the rugby and football pitches.

7313345278?profile=RESIZE_584xThis 100% ryegrass formula is renowned for producing an excellent playing surface. It is perfect for renovation and divot repair, has a high disease resistance, fantastic aesthetic qualities and offers extremely fast germination – which is boosted by the inclusion of Headstart GOLD®.

“We renovate and overseed with MM60 at the end of the rugby and football seasons - which all depends on fixtures which can be often drawn out depending on the weather and internal college games. Generally, we tend to apply MM60 to these pitches at the end of May and we get very good germination. The initial colour, from the infant plant is great, and we have a strong colour all year round – it never looks drawn out or yellow and tired so I’m incredibly happy with it.”

In terms of applying MM seed, Jon admits to veering away from recommended rates.

“For me, it’s all about feel and visual,” he said. “We don’t go by religious sowing rates or anything like that. In my opinion it is about getting as much grass in there as you can especially when you are taking it out and raking it and preparing cricket pitches.”

One look at the University’s immaculate and stunning sports pitches will tell you that Jon certainly knows his craft - he has after all been in the turf industry since the age of 16. However, he still modestly reserved praise for Limagrain UK and MW Turfcare.

“They are both great companies to work with. I get a fantastic product from Limagrain and Mark (from MW Turfcare) is an exceptionally good supplier. He is very technically knowledgeable - there is not much that I have to run past him but when I do, he has all the answers.”

For further information, please contact Limagrain UK on 01472 371471 or visit the company’s website www.lgseeds.co.uk/mm

Votes: 0
E-mail me when people leave their comments –

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Open forum activity

Mark Wilkinson replied to Danny Hyland's discussion Autumn Start Up....is it worth it?
"Absolutely! As long the gardens are growing there’s always business for mowing 😊 started my business two years ago (officially) while consistently branching out -- and over the last month alone I’ve gathered 14 new clients from getting out there and…"
7 hours ago
HORNBY GARDEN DESIGNS™ replied to Jessica Bateman's discussion Dashcams
"Hi Jessica, I have nextbase hardwired by a local company so it switches on when I start and off when I'm finished driving. Very good piece of kit. "
7 hours ago
Mark Wilkinson replied to Landscape Juice's discussion Remembering Phil Voice
"My first post on the forum and just want to send strength and love to the family, rest easy. Lost my 38 year old brother and mother to cancer within five years of each other in 2016. Been viewing the forum for a few weeks now and been getting…"
7 hours ago
Neil Darby replied to Jessica Bateman's discussion Dashcams
"Hi Gary, I remembered this post when A plan asked me if I had a cam fitted last week, at renewal. I am still thinking of getting a camera, what nextbase model do you use in your vans please & are they easy to hard wire? Cheers Neil
 "
7 hours ago
Alejandro Moreno is now a member of Landscape Juice Network
9 hours ago
Danny Hyland replied to Danny Hyland's discussion Autumn Start Up....is it worth it?
"Hi Anthony, I appreciate your feedback. Seeing as you're local'ish to me, If you ever need any help in the future or you wanna sub anything out let me know. I'll put all my details in my bio soon 👍🏼"
9 hours ago
Danny Hyland replied to Danny Hyland's discussion Autumn Start Up....is it worth it?
"Thank you. Definitely doing it, van on order, relevant tools are being sourced as we speak. A few meetings lined up to quote for work already. When I was in the industry previously it was a labour of love, so looking forward to getting back into it,…"
9 hours ago
Anthony Toop replied to Danny Hyland's discussion Autumn Start Up....is it worth it?
"I work in the Bromley area and there is plenty of companies who all seem to be busy, the fact you can offer some hard landscaping/fencing work increases your prospects considerably as a start up.
The only issue i would say is the current lack of…"
21 hours ago
Dave Colton replied to Landscape Juice's discussion Remembering Phil Voice
"I lost my wife to colon caner last month after a 2year battle and her legacy is the garden I have now and it gives me some comfort just to sit in and enjoy. Phil's legacy helps many of us everyday and like Julie's garden may it continue to grow and…"
23 hours ago
Clive replied to Danny Hyland's discussion Autumn Start Up....is it worth it?
"Hi Danny,
 
I started up in the month of February, is there ever a right month?
I just got busier and busier during covid and recently took on a second guy..
I really wish I'd gone into this line of work earlier in my life but I didn't...
take the…"
yesterday
Andrew Dean replied to Landscape Juice's discussion Remembering Phil Voice
"He'd be very proud of the way LJN is going from strength to strength. Here's to you, Phil."
yesterday
John F replied to Landscape Juice's discussion Winter Economy Plan - HM Treasury
"True I remember that era well also and the mining communities never recovered , devastating . 
Enterprise allowance and satuarated markets , I worked at the bench in a jewellers but this trade went from strength to strength for obvious reasons…"
yesterday
Gary @ Landscape Juice Network replied to Landscape Juice's discussion Remembering Phil Voice
"Thanks Craig for this.
We'll both be raising a glass to his memory 👍"
yesterday
Landscape Juice posted a discussion
LAST year, on 28 September, the founder of the Landscape Juice Network, Phil Voice, died at his home in France surrounded by his family.
A long period of treatment for colon cancer sadly proved unsuccessful although during this time he had continued…
yesterday
Andrew Betteridge replied to Landscape Juice's discussion Winter Economy Plan - HM Treasury
yesterday
Andrew Betteridge replied to Landscape Juice's discussion Winter Economy Plan - HM Treasury
"Personally I became self employed in 1981 when Maggie created the recession that killed 20% of UK manufacturering companies.
I worked for my dad and spent a fortnight pricing half a dozen house extensions without winning any of them, I sorted out…"
yesterday
More…