Water Saver

Beat the drought with grass using less water!
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Less irrigation.
  • For play and ornamental lawns.

Beat the drought!

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Prolonged drought may seriously damage your lawn. Water Saver® prevents this problem. While other grass plants dry out, Water Saver® remains green. The Barenbrug Research varieties included in Water Saver® have excellent drought and heat tolerance.

Water Saver® contains Barenbrug’s tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and smooth stalked meadow grass. Barenbrug’s smooth stalked meadow grass varieties are known for their great resilience and ability to recover after dry periods. While other varieties are defeated by dry or hot conditions, varieties in Water Saver will soon become green again.

Unique tall fescue varieties! 
Barenbrug’s specific tall fescue varieties form a very deep root system, have a finer leaf texture and greater drought tolerance than traditional tall fescue varieties. The perennial ryegrass contained in Water Saver® moreover ensures rapid establishment and was also specifically selected for its drought tolerance.

The balanced combination of the best Barenbrug tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and smooth stalked meadow grass varieties in Water Saver® ensures excellent drought and heat tolerance.

The following graph shows the quality of Water Saver® seeded in autumn in comparison with that of a traditional tall fescue mixture and a mixture containing perennial ryegrass. The irrigation level was 50% of the Evapotranspiration (ET). The measurements were taken over a period of two years.germination and the fact that it tolerates severe winters very well.

WS turf quality graph

Extremely deep rooting (down to 60 cm)

Thanks to its deep rooting, the Water Saver® grass obtains water from deeper soil layers. Standard grass plants root less deep and can only obtain water from the top layer (the upper 10 to 15 cm). Such plants will soon die under dry conditions, even before a stage of extreme drought is reached. The tall fescue contained in Water Saver® can root to depths of more than 60 cm and stores water and nutrients (sugars) in its roots, creating a buffer for dry periods, as it were. Smooth stalked meadow grass ensures horizontal growth, resulting in an extensive network of underground rhizomes and roots.

watersave graph deep rooting

Water Saver and Cost savings


Water Saver® can help you save up to 70% on your total amount of irrigation water. In Italy, where the average consumption is 120 litres of water per m2 per month, this soon leads to an overall reduction of 0.70 x 600 litres = 420 litres per m2 in the growing season, which ranges from May until October. That corresponds to 42 m3 water per 100 m2! In euros the savings may amount to € 73.50 per 100 m2, depending on the region.

water savings table

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Speed of establishment Slow
Nitrogen requirement Average
Speed of Growth Average
Sowing rate per 100m² 2.5-3.5kg
Sowing rate per m2 25-35g
Mowing height 30-40mm
Packaging 1, 5kg
Sowing depth 5-10mm
Higher wear tolerance 3
Higher drought tolerance 5
Quicker establishment 3
Suitable for shade 3
Finer leafed 1
Less maintenance possible 3
Less fertilizer required 3
Higher disease tolerance 3
Self repairing 2
Germination at low temperature 2
Quicker germination 2
Higher winter hardiness 3
Early spring growth 1