RTF [rhizomatous tall fescue] is an advanced turf-type tall fescue that producesrhizomes. Rhizomes are small underground lateral shoots that allow a plant to spread laterally.This enables the turf area to self repair itself.This self healing trait has been limited to bluegrass. Fescue, which is classified as a "clump grass" has never had this ability.Now you can have a lawn with the best traits ofboth bluegrass and fescue in one grass, Turf Saver RTF.
Turf Saver with RTF® is the most advanced tall fescue blend on the market. RTF, rhizomatous tall fescue, gives Turf Saver the added value no other tall fescue can. This premium blend will display excellent germination, growth and color. Turf Saver with RTF will become green earlier in the spring and stay green longer in the fall. If your lawn gets use and portions of the lawn thin, RTF will send out new rhizomes and fill in the bare or thin spots to give you a healthier and thicker turf.
What about other fescues with Rhizomes?
Technically speaking, virtually all fescues can produce a rhizome. But these will only grow to be about ¼ inch long making it pretty much useless. They do not prevent the wide bladed clumps that fescues are noted for. These so called rhizomes do not self repair in a reasonable time. While not totally false, these claims are very misleading. RTF is the only fescue to receive a US Patent. Patents are only granted if the grass has a very unique difference compared to other varieties in the same species. Rhizomes were listed as this unique difference.
RTF Water Saver Sod
Barenbrug USA Turf Product Manager, John Rector discusses and evaluates rhizome development in 2 year old sod samples in the video below. (If the video doesn't play, follow this link: Got Rhizomes?
Excellent color and disease resistance
Withstands stressful weather conditions
Holds its rich green color, even through winter’s low temperatures
Rapid germination and quick spring green-up
Early spring green-up – have a greener lawn earlier in the spring
Higher value for the home owner than conventional tall fescues
Ordinary tall fescues require overseeding maintenance for things such as wear, weed problems and clumps. RTF results in less overseeding, fewer weed problems and no "wide-leafed ugly clumps" of tall fescue plants in open areas.
Higher value for the homeowner than conventional tall fescues...
"When I first learned of your seed, I was skeptical at best, but willing to try anything in the shade under the burr oaks that produced nothing more than mud in my yard. The RTF was not only the perfect solution for that area, but I am now living with the value of the low water requirements of the RTF. My house backs to a large treed park. The lawn is so beautiful even the parks personnel comment on it."
-Fred Assam, South Dakota
Golf Course: Omaha Country Club
City: Omaha, Nebraska
Superintendent: Eric McPherson
The Omaha Country Club was the host of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open. RTF Sod was used on the bunker faces and some of the surrounds and outside boundary areas at the Omaha Country Club. It was held in July and water was shut off to most of the course in order to host the event. The RTF held up well and was a beautiful dark green color on the bunker faces.
Golf Course: Players Club at Deer Creek
City: Omaha, Nebraska
Superintendent: Ahren Wonderlich
"We have been redesigning bunkers on our course this past year. Our choice of grass for our new bunker faces is Turf Saver with RTF. The reason for using Turf Saver with RTF is because it tolerates the heat and uses less water than other turf varieties. Turf Saver with RTF rhizome production also holds up on the bunker faces compared to other Tall Fescues."