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 fescue. Available in sod and seed.
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
- Establishes quickly
- 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.
Tall fescues are a complex species that consists of 3 major groups:
- Rhizomatous Group (RTF®;)
- Found predominantly 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 the same schedule as turf nearby – 3 inches mowing height.
The following data was collected:
- Number of rhizomes per plant
- Percentage of plants with rhizomes
- Results showed that the RTF sod overwhelmingly produced more rhizomes than 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.
Turf Blue® Pro
The Turf Blue® Pro is a blend of exceptional Kentucky bluegrass varieties, powered by the high NTEP ranking variety, Barserati. This new blend is formulated for a rapid establishment with exceptional turf quality and turf density that provides early competition against weeds and is very disease resistant. 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 medium-fine textured turf that actively fills in and stays thick. Available in sod (late summer 2019) and seed.
- Beautiful green color
- Medium-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
- 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
- Overall care and maintenance: moderately high