More than just the green, green grass of home

You can eat it, build with it, roof your house with it, feed it to animals and trade it. It can be a millimetre small and 35 meters tall. It has shaped the evolution and success of human civilisation. We’re here to talk about grass. It’s a vast subject – impossible to cover fully in one small blog. But we hope to give you a taster of how amazing grasses are.

How has grass shaped human civilisation?

Cows, sheep, horses and other animals are designed to eat grass, so our ability to farm is dependent on grass. Now, of course, humans can’t eat regular grass, but foods provided by the grass family form the majority of our diet. We’re talking cereals: wheat, corn, rice, oats, rye, millet, teff, wild rice. And then there’s sugar cane! They are also the backbone of economy. Cereals have been bartered for other foods, materials, and so on, for millennia. And today they’re a huge part of global trade.

More than just the green, green grass of home Paynes Turf

So which grasses will you find lawn?

There are about 12,000 grass species. We’re talking everything from lawn grass to cereal crops and bamboo. Most of us potter over our lawn without giving much thought to what’s actually growing beneath our feet. Turf is turf right? Wrong! Most lawns will be a blend of different grasses.

We blend four varieties of grass for our Premium Grade Turf: Perennial Ryegrass, Slender Creeping Red Fescue, Strong Creeping Red Fescue, and Chewings Fescue. These grasses all have different qualities that give your lawn the best chance of staying healthy throughout the year. We need to prepare your lawn for anything the British weather throws at it.

Perennial Ryegrass handles cold seasons like a champ and can be resistant to heat and drought too. It grows rapidly and doesn’t mind shady spots. Slender Creeping Red Fescue thrives in areas that many other plants struggle, including nutrient poor areas like sea-cliffs, sand dunes and mountain slopes. Basically, it’s robust. Strong Creeping Red fescue is a widespread grass species and is a component of many botanically rich grassland communities. It also has glossy leaves, so it gives your lawn a healthy sheen. Chewings Fescue began life in New Zealand and has lots of benefits. It can handle dry, poor soil, is resistant to drought and frost and can tolerate surface water in winter. Its dense root system makes it a strong grass.

As a turf supplier for traders, landscapers, and private customers, we’re passionate about growing healthy robust grass to create our different turfs. That means carefully selecting seeds that give your lawn the best chance of looking healthy throughout the year. If you’re a landscaper, our turf should show off your hard work.