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It is easy to see how many public spaces, including gardens, parks, and sports grounds within local authorities, have been affected by heat. This is especially true in light of the ongoing drought conditions. You may have noticed that there are still patches of green among the current brown and barren land - clover. This is because it generates its own nitrogen in the atmosphere, making it one the most resilient varieties to drought and other high-stress environments.
In addition to more frequent hot and dry periods, increasing fertiliser prices has driven seed producers towards varieties that can be kept with a more sustainable fertilizer program. Rhizobium bacteria is able to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a fertiliser that can be used for clover and companion grasses. This method will ensure that the supply is steady and continuous, which in turn will result in more sustainable growth than the 'flush,' which can occur when higher quantities of nitrogen are used.
Managed feeding program:
Microclover, a dwarf white clover bred specifically for use with turf species, is an excellent choice. Microclover's smaller leaves and more uniform growth habits make it a dense and attractive turf species. It also has strong wear properties and is highly resistant to heat and drought. Microclover can help swards resist weed and disease invasion and require less water, fertilizer, and ultimately, cost less to maintain. STRI trials have shown that Microclover provides better coverage and colour than pure grass swards.
Masterline's PM82 Microclover Sport mix from DLF has been specially formulated with these benefits. Because PM82 requires less herbicide and fertilizer, it improves turf quality while being more friendly to the environment. In addition to Microclover, PM82 includes 40% Double 4turf(r), a tetraploid perennial Ryegrass. DLF's 4turf (r) varieties have deeper roots, which allows it to withstand drought conditions better. They also remain green even when they are dry.