Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF) is a new type of tall fescue that produces rhizomes. A rhizome is an underground stem that tills through the soil laterally to spread the plant underground and form new growth. RTF behaves like a bluegrass but will survive our transition zone climate like other turf type tall fescues.
What makes RTF® unique?
Unlike other Tall Fescues, RTF has the ability to repair itself. Traditional tall fescue grasses will clump together instead of filling in bare spots, resulting in an uneven lawn. With bare spots, weeds are more apt to take over the lawn. What makes RTF unique is its ability to fill in these open areas with rhizomes.
Young plants first build the root and shoot system to sustain life; then concentrate on a bare area of lawn with rhizomes, knitting the lawn together. RTF’s rapid germination ensures a quick establishment of your new lawn. While overseeding an existing lawn, the quick germination allows RTF to compete successfully with the old turf, eliminating the clumps and bare spots forever.
Please watch a video by Barenbrug showing how RTF rhizomes are longer and stronger:
Fills in open areas in the lawn by means of rhizomes
Knits the lawn together
Quickly fills in damaged or open spots with new shoots of grass
Strong, Deep Root System
Ability to draw its moisture from a deep profile
Excellent drought and heat tolerance; requires less irrigation
Excellent in our transition zone climate
Produces A Thick, Even Lawn
Ability to repair itself – repairs open areas within a lawn
Produces rhizomes that initiate new grass growth
Excellent Color & Disease Resistant
Withstands stressful weather conditions
Holds its rich, green color, even in cold temperatures
Rapid Germination & Quick Spring Green-Up
Early Spring green-up – have a greener lawn earlier in the Spring
Higher Value For The Homeowner Than Conventional Tall Fescues
Ordinary tall fescues require maintenance from overseeding, weed problems, and clumping. RTF results in less overseeding, fewer weed problems and no "wide-leafed ugly clumps" of tall fescue plants in open areas.
What's the difference between RTF®; and other tall fescues?
Tall fescues are a complex species that consists of 3 major groups:
1. Rhizomatous Group (RTF®;)
Found predominately in Northern Portugal and Spain
Active in the Summer / dormant in the Winter
Active in Fall/Spring. earlier Spring green-up than Continental type
Is distinguished by the presence of both longer and more prevalent rhizomes than either of the other two groups.
2. Continental Group (All other tall fescues grown and sold in our region are from the Continental group)
Found in Northern Europe
Active in the Summer / Dormant in the Winter
Not Fall active
Can produce very short rhizomes, But are very inconsistent
3. Mediterranean Group
Found in Africa, parts of Italy, and the Middle East
Dormant in the Summer and active in the Winter, but lacks the Winter hardiness of the Continental group
Can produce very short rhizomes, but very inconsistent
What about all these other 'RTF®' varieties on the market?
Scientific research was done with two different trials; a Fall Rhizome (9 Varieties) and a Spring Rhizome (12 Varieties)
Labyrinth RTF and F18 RTF are both RTF varieties from Barenbrug, the grass seed company we purchase our seed from
Plants were planted 2 x 2 feet apart
3 replications / 25 plants PER replication
Plants were mowed on same schedule as turf nearby – 3 inches mowing height.
The following data was collected:
1. Number of rhizomes per plant 2. Percentage of plants with rhizomes
Results showed that the RTF sod overwhelmingly produced more rhizomes that any other plant.
RTF varieties from Barenbrug produce 20 times more rhizomes per variety than other so-called “Rhizomatous Tall Fescue” varieties.
The average length of rhizomes in Barenbrug RTF varieties increases as the plant matures, thus increasing the spread of the plant.
The Turf Blue® is a blend of exceptional Kentucky bluegrass varieties that is formulated for a rapid establishment with exceptional turf quality and turf density. Kentucky bluegrass is a perennial sod-forming grass that spreads by strong rhizomes and seeds. This means it is a tightly-knit turf that has side lateral growth capability, can fill in gaps, which also means it has the ability to mend itself when damaged. The nature of this blend makes an extremely dense and fine textured turf that actively fills in and stays thick. Available in seed only.
Things To Know About Turf Blue®
Beautiful green color
Thin blades that create a dense, thick lawn that is soft to the touch
Ability to rapidly repair itself and fill in gaps
Great for golf courses, sports fields, parks, and residential yards
It has a rapid root establishment (about 2 - 4 weeks)
Superior wear tolerance once established
Can be mowed from 5/8” to 3” high
Things To Consider When Considering Bluegrass For Your Project
It requires full sun to minimum shade. If your yard is mostly in the shade then bluegrass would not be the right choice for you
It thrives well with a deep, enriched soil bed. If your soil has a lot of sand or clay then bluegrass would not be the right choice for you
Requires a Consistent Watering and Fertilizer Schedule so Irrigation Systems are Extremely Helpful
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