HGT - Healthy Grass Technology

Slow establishment, diseases, insect pests and excessive traffic can significantly weaken and damage turf grass. With Barenbrug’s new HGT® mixes of Kentucky bluegrass featuring Barvette HGT Kentucky bluegrass you’ll find professional turf solutions against these common bluegrass challenges.

 

KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE

HGT stands for Healthy Grass Technology and features proven durable, disease resistant Kentucky bluegrasses, including Barvette HGT. Developed in harsh climatic conditions, specifically to establish quickly, withstand diseases, insect pests and traffic, extensive testing in NTEP under various climates and conditions has proven Barvette HGT a winner. Barvette HGT ranked #1 or in the top statistical group in 16 different bluegrass traits in the recently completed 2005-10 Kentucky bluegrass NTEP trials.


Developed from extremely traffic tolerant parent stock, Barvette HGT was subjected to intense multiple traffic simulation studies for years prior to release. These studies proved not only traffic tolerance, but also the unique ability for strong, rapid recovery from traffic damage.

 

An additional three years of studies in the Mid-Atlantic region proved outstanding disease resistance, especially to summer patch and stem rust. With more than a decade of turfgrass breeding and three years of professional use, Barvette HGT’s popularity and use grows annually. With exceptionally fast establishment, durability and recovery properties, Barenbrug’s Turf Blue HGT mixture has become a ‘standard’ for Kentucky bluegrass sports turf, bluegrass sod production and golf fairways and tees.

Barvette HGT (BAR VV 0709) was the top TQ entry in the transition zone region, probably because of its excellent summer patch tolerance

Kevin Morris
Executive Director NTEP

RESISTANCE TO SUMMER PATCH AND RUST

Summer patch is a serious turf disease that causes significant damage to most Kentucky bluegrass varieties. Tested intensively at many locations across the country and in university trials, Barvette HGT has shown excellent resistance to summer patch. At all three test sites for the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), Barvette HGT ranked number one and actually took over some heavily damaged neighboring bluegrass plots.

 

 Barvette HGT used on a lawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barenbrug USA’s Barvette is an aggressive Kentucky bluegrass that demonstrated excellent stand persistence, very good stem rust tolerance and good summer patch tolerance during the 2005-2010 NTEP Kentu...

Dennis Martin, PhD
Oklahoma State University

TRAFFIC RESILIENT, RAPID RECOVERY, TENSILE STRENGTH

Barenbrug’s Turf Blue HGT blend of Kentucky bluegrasses offers outstanding traffic tolerance and wear recovery. In research studies at Michigan State University, Barvette HGT was trialed with other highranked Kentucky bluegrasses. In the 2010 study of 109 commercial varieties and experimentals, Barvette HGT was the top rated variety for wear recovery, percent ground covered and turf quality. Likewise in the NTEP traffi c stress tests, Barvette HGT topped all other entries at both Michigan State University and

Rutgers University trials.

HGT performed better than Prosperity and Midnight, even when in traffic

 

EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG SPRING GREEN-UP

Spring green-up is an important trait sought after when developing new Kentucky bluegrasses. While most bluegrasses are very slow to break winter dormancy, Barvette HGT exhibits very early spring green-up. In the recently completed 2005 NTEP study, Barvette HGT finished in the top statistical group. This allows our Turf Blue HGT blend to come back early and strong when spring play is needed and field regrowth is required.

 

We here at Maryland SoccerPlex are HGT’s biggest fans! Germination speed and seedling development made it possible for us to fully rebuild, seed and re-open our stadium field in 35 days using HGT

Jerad Minnick
Growing Innovations

The Turf Blue HGT we seeded in late April germinated and filled in tremendously compared to the other bluegrasses used. 

 

Tony Leonard
Director of Grounds, Philadelphia Eagles

GRUBS AND BILLBUGS NOT A PROBLEM – HEALTHY GRASS IS THE RESULT

White grubs and billbugs can commonly devastate Kentucky bluegrass turf. Turf Blue HGT varieties, led by Barvette HGT’s #1 ranked performance against white grubs in the 2006-10 NTEP trial, provide excellent tolerance to turfgrass insect pests. With more communities and facilities reducing or eliminating the use of turfgrass insect controls, Barenbrug’s Turf Blue HGT blend provides safe, natural, “green” protection.

 

 

 

 

GERMINATION AND ESTABLISHMENT

Quick germination and rapid establishment are terms rarely associated with Kentucky bluegrass. Barvette HGT, however, didn’t get the memo. With germination typically fewer than 10 days and aggressive, rapid establishment, Barvette HGT is a ‘game changer.’ Fields can now be played on faster, fairways can now be successfully renovated and tees more quickly brought back in use. Weeds are also successfully competed against with Turf Blue HGT’s aggressive growth habit. For bluegrass sod production, fields establish more quickly, field yields increase and pallet quality shines.

HGT Sod

HGT bluegrass blends are ideal for Kentucky bluegrass sod production. Vigorous to germinate and establish, HGT quickly forms strong rhizomatous growth with an extensive root system. This growth allows for excellent ‘sod strength,’ reduced field waste, great pallet appearance and quality ‘big roll’ installations. When Kentucky bluegrass is the game, H...

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