RTF - Rhizomatous Tall Fescue

RTF® is the only Tall Fescue with true rhizomes. Rhizomes help RTF quickly fill in damaged and bare spots in your turf with new shoots of grass. This results in less over-seeding, fewer weed problems and no wide-leafed ugly clumps of grass like other tall fescues can form. RTF’s extensive root system has the ability to draw moisture from a deep soil profile, which helps it use less water and makes it adaptable in a wide range of soils. It has excellent heat and drought tolerance, with less irrigation. A New Mexico State University trial proved RTF maintained high turf quality with 30% less water.

NOT ALL GRASS IS THE SAME

More than 10 years ago, Barenbrug turf scientists developed a superior tall fescue variety with rhizome-rich plants. We call it Rhizomatous Tall Fescue, or RTF. RTF® is the only Tall Fescue with True Rhizomes. Rhizomes help the RTF quickly fill in damaged and bare spots in your lawn with new shoots of grass. This results in less over-seeding, fewer weed problems and no wide-leafed ugly clumps of grass like other tall fescues can form.

 

The technology behind RTF is protected with a US patent. Its value over traditional tall fescue varieties is substantial. 

 

 

USE LESS WATER

RTF’s extensive root system has the ability to draw moisture from a deep soil profile, which helps it use less water and makes it adaptable in a wide range of soils. It has excellent heat and drought tolerance, with less irrigation.

 

A New Mexico State University trial proved RTF maintained high turf quality with 30% less water. New Mexico State University observed how cool season grasses (like tall fescue) would maintain turf quality under drought conditions. Turf grasses were evaluated after reducing water by 15% and 30%, way below what is considered ideal to maintain quality. RTF performed better than any other cool season grass – during the hottest months of the year! RTF also performed better than Kentucky and Texas bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and other tall fescues highly ranked by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.

 

I have really enjoyed your RTF product. I am still the envy of the neighborhood and have been told our lawn looks like Wrigley field.

 

Brandon M.
Peoria, IL

BENEFITS OF RTF

Self-repairing Turf

  • Quickly fills in damaged or open spots with new shoots of grass

  • High level of traffic tolerance

  • Dense turf without open areas prevents weed growth

 

Strong, deep root system and drought tolerance

  • Rapid development of a deep root system

  • Excellent drought and heat tolerance with less irrigation

  • Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions

 

Grows great in sun or shade

  • Excellent in the transition zone climate and other tall fescue turf regions

  • Will not brown out in the intense summer heat

  • One of the most shade tolerant cool season grasses

 

Excellent color and density

  • Has fine leaves which produce a very dense, uniform sod

  • Early spring green-up

  • Withstands stressful hot temperatures and keeps its rich green color

 

Excellent insect and disease resistance

  • Endophyte enhanced for improved insect, disease and drought tolerance

  • Environmentally friendly, reduces chemical and fertilizer inputs

 

 

 

   

 

BEWARE OF IMITATORS

Others Promise Potential – Only RTF Delivers Rhizomes

Since the RTF breakthrough discovery, Barenbrug Research has released a number of other rhizomatous tall fescue varieties and new varieties are continuously being developed. Because of RTF’s effectiveness and popularity, other seed companies have tried to imitate Barenbrug’s products. While some may advertise rhizomatous varieties, university and independent testing has proven conclusively that RTF is a cut above the competition.

 

At the University of Illinois and in other studies, it became clear that Barenbrug RTF varieties are the only ones to exhibit significant rhizomes and rhizomatous activity. The graph to the right (Figure 1) shows the difference researchers found between RTF and others. The rhizomatous index was derived by multiplying the number of rhizomes times the percentage of plants with rhizomes and the rhizome length.

 

Our RTF tall fescue sod is becoming increasingly more popular for bunker renovation projects. RTF is being selected for increased drought tolerance, reduced thatch production, and distinct appearance.

Joe Wilkins III
Green Valley Turf Co.

History of RTF

􀀷􀁋􀁈􀀃􀁙􀁈􀁕􀁜􀀃􀃀􀁕􀁖􀁗􀀃􀀵􀁋􀁌􀁝􀁒􀁐􀁄􀁗􀁒􀁘􀁖􀀃􀀷􀁄􀁏􀁏􀀃􀀩􀁈􀁖􀁆􀁘􀁈􀀃􀁚􀁄􀁖􀀃􀁉􀁒􀁘􀁑􀁇􀀃􀁅􀁜􀀃􀁕􀁈􀁖􀁈􀁄􀁕􀁆􀁋􀁈􀁕􀁖􀀃The very first Rhizomatous Tall Fescue was found by researchers in Europe in 1991. It was another 8 years of cross breeding, collecting seed, research and trials before it was brought to the United States by Barenbrug USA for basic trials. RTF was developed using traditional breeding and hybridization techniques, with no genetic engineering. Barenbrug USA knew they had something different and unique.

RTF SOD

With RTF Sod you instantly get a healthy mature lawn, grown by the top turfgrass producers in the world. Not all grass is the same. This is why you want to insist on RTF sod. Likewise, not all turfgrass producers are the same. Some are just more particular. They use the most advanced techniques to grow a healthy, thick turfgrass, free of weeds...

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