Diseases, pests and excessive traffic wreak havoc on turf grass. With Barenbrug’s HGT™ bluegrass, you’ll find no better friend against those challenges. | Brochure |
HGT stands for Healthy Grass Technology, a tough and disease resistant Kentucky bluegrass. Barenbrug developed HGT in harsh climatic conditions, specifically to withstand diseases, pests and traffic. Extensive testing in various climates and conditions has proven HGT a winner. No other Kentucky bluegrass has been found to outperform HGT.
The parent stock for HGT came from hearty Kentucky bluegrass plants which had survived intense artificial traffic applications in 2001. Beyond their traffic tolerance, however, the plants also showed rapid recovery afterwards.
But Barenbrug wasn’t satisfied with those traits alone. So, with three more years of work, subjecting the plants to heavy disease pressure in Mid-Atlantic States, they came up with a bluegrass plant that was ready for seed production. After more than a decade of experience, HGT is legendary for its durability and recovery properties. HGT is remarkably disease tolerant to Summer Patch and equally resistant to damage from billbugs and white grubs.
After sowing, HGT establishes quickly, making it ideal for sod farms, golf courses, sports fields, landscapes and lawns.
“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 Kentucky bluegrass trial at Stillwater, OK. I am excited about its commercial release and look forward to hearing of the experiences and feedback from end users in the turfgrass industry.”
Dennis Martin, PhD • Professor & Turfgrass Extension/Research Specialist, Oklahoma State University
SUMMER PATCH WON'T FAZE HGT
Summer Patch can wipe out Kentucky bluegrass completely. HGT is a different story altogether. Tested intensively on many locations across the country and in university trials, HGT stood out for its resistance to Summer Patch. In the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) tests, HGT actually took over some heavily affected neighboring plots. “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, TPI Turf News July/August 2011). HGT is the first bluegrass that can withstand or recover very quickly from this disease.
TRAFFIC RESILIENT AND RAPID RECOVERY
As mentioned, HGT not only tolerates traffic but it recovers very quickly from traffic damage. In research studies at Michigan State University, HGT was compared to other high-ranked Kentucky bluegrasses. In every trial, HGT did considerably better than other popular varieties, like Midnight, Prosperity and Jumpstart. Likewise in the NTEP traffic stress tests, HGT came out head and shoulders above other entries both at Michigan State University and Rutgers University trials.
Of all of the NTEP-rated grasses, HGT is the highest ranked for tolerance against wear. Six other Barenbrug grasses are ranked in the top ten of that same list.
GREEN-UP LIKE NO OTHER BLUEGRASS
Spring green-up is challenging for most Kentucky bluegrass varieties. HGT breaks the barrier on that account. It greens up in the spring like no other bluegrass, even on sports fields that are used all winter long. HGT is a blessing for turf managers needing an early spring season with healthy, green grass.
GRUBS 'N BUGS DON'T LIKE HGT - HEALTHY GRASS IS THE RESULT
White grubs and billbugs can devastate Kentucky bluegrass. That’s not the case with HGT. The NTEP tests acknowledged HGT for having the highest tolerance against these bluegrass foes.
GERMINATION AND ESTABLISHMENT
An important part of HGT is its quick germination and establishment. Whether you need your sports field ready quicker, to harvest sod faster or just to have your fairway ready for golfers sooner, HGT will get the job done. Count on HGT to germinate in as few as seven days, depending on weather conditions.
“The HGT we seeded in late April germinated and filled in tremendously compared to the other bluegrasses used. Despite hot, humid summers in Philadelphia, HGT survived without any dieback. I was very pleased with HGT and see a fit for this grass in the future on sports fields.”
Tony Leonard • Director of Grounds, Philadelphia Eagles
YELLOW JACKET® COATED
Yellow Jacket®, Barenbrug’s proprietary seed coating technology, holds up to 600 times its own weight in water. Research trials at the University of New Mexico proved that seed coated with Yellow Jacket established faster and required less water. Using ZEBA® technology for super absorbancy, Yellow Jacket also includes DormbreakerTM, a Barenbrug invention that stimulates quicker seed germination.
HGT thrives with a Yellow Jacket coating and we strongly recommend its use for optimum, dependable results.
HGT is sold in blends as TURF BLUE HGT or in mixtures – with perennial ryegrass or tall fescue, for example. HGT is most effective with blends, as it creates a synergy with other varieties that provides stronger and healthier stands. HGT is available through approved Barenbrug distributors.
Turf Blue HGT SOD
Todd Valley Farms Turf Blue HGT Bluegrass Sod is available as either Big Rolls or Slab Rolls.
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