RTF – Rhizomatous Tall Fescue

Willowlee Sod Farms has partnered with the RTF association in order to bring, what we feel, is a superior sod product to our customers, the below information taken from the RTF website (www.rtf.com) outlines the benefits that RTF brings to our customers and yours.

RTF Architect Specifications are located HERE

 

RTF

 

What is RTF?

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF©) is an advanced generation of turf-type tall fescue which produces rhizomes. A rhizome is an underground stem that penetrates laterally through the soil to spread the plant. Rhizomes send shoots up to the soil surface while extending new roots downward, forming a new plant. The rhizomatous nature of RTF is similar to Kentucky bluegrass. However, unlike Kentucky bluegrass RTF will survive the transition zone climate and other tall fescue turf regions.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

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 greenup
  • 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

Improved value for the turf professional

  • RTF sod requires less overseeding, has fewer weed problems and prevents “wide-leafed ugly clumps” of tall fescue plants
  • Young plants first build the root and shoot system; then concentrate on producing rhizomes. With RTF sod, the rhizomes are already developed
  • RTF sod, with the aid of rhizomes anchors itself faster, water requirements are reduced and turf can be used sooner