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.
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.
A major point of discussion with natural turfgrass systems is the amount of water required to irrigate. Most water overuse is due to human error or miscalculation. Understanding and following proper irrigation practices will lead to water conservation. Water conservation can also be achieved by using a drought tolerant turf, such as the ones used in the RTF Sod blend. Also by encouraging deeper rooting of turfgrass cultivars like the RTF Sod by watering deeply and infrequently.
We began using RTF roughly 6 years ago on some of our south facing bunkers as the bluegrass wouldn’t perform to our liking.
We tried out a few and were greatly pleased by the vigor with which the RTF held through the season and the years after.
We have since utilized RTF on all bunker face and pond bank renovations. Our hope is to continue our interseed program with RTF in our high traffic areas and eventually all our rough due to its durability during summer stress and drought conditions we sometimes see.
Briarwood Country Club ,
In the years following a bunker remodel, we struggled with our new fescue bunker faces. Each year they would ultimately fail, leaving my membership frustrated and asking questions. Adjustments to our maintenance program had no effect on the quality of turf on our faces, so we knew it was time for a change.
RTF was suggested by a fellow superintendent, so we rain a trial on a few bunkers. We even went as far as splitting a south facing bunker with RTF and Bluegrass to evaluate how each would perform under identical conditions. After watching the bluegrass struggle and the RTF thrive, it was an easy decision to convert all of our bunker surrounds to RTF.
Golf Course Superintendent ,
Champaign Country Club