Rhizomatous Tall Fescue – RTF®
photo: courtesy of Barenbrug USA
What is RTF® (Rhizomatous Tall Fescue) ?
Tall Fescue makes one of the most durable and visually appealing lawns available. They are noted for their rich emerald green colour, deep-rooted drought tolerance and soft texture. More recently, turf breeders developed a variety coined RTF® (Rhizomatous Tall Fescue). RTF® is the holy grail amongst turf-type tall fescues owing to its rhizomatous nature of sending out underground runners (rhizomes) to fill out adjacent bare spots, effectively making it self repairing like couch.
Full renovation using RTF®
Reseedmylawn.com.au offer RTF® lawns from a full renovation only. If your lawn has little to no desirable turfgrass, then consider a RTF® lawn from a full renovation. A mandatory requirement is that the lawn is completely sprayed out with glyphosate (Round-Up®) such that the old weedy lawn is not coming back. Following, the old lawn canopy is fully removed by repeated super low scalping. RTF® is then drilled into and under the soil surface and the seed bed extensively worked. The final precedure is rolling ensuring seed soil contact so the seed imbibes moisture. Fescue germination and establishment takes a little longer than turf ryegrass, so mitigating weed competition and weed seed germination is paramount. For this reason, we use a significantly higher seed rate than sod farms who are mostly working with weed seed free bare earth. The full RTF® renovation process is fairly intensive in labour and on machinery, the seed use more costly; so we charge a little more for a RTF® lawn renovation.