Rhizomatous Tall Fescue – RTF®

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.

05Aug 2015

Carbohydrate metabolism in turf grass   Diagram showing carbohydrate metabolism in turf grass plants. Shows carbohydrate metabolism in turfgrass Graph shows how Water Soluble Carbohydrate metabolism in turf grass plants declines and accumulates as new leaf emerges. The Water Soluble Carbohydrate (WSC) within the plant is its energy reserve. After mowing, the plant expends energy running down its […]

02Aug 2015

Lifecycle of the orange-headed cockchafer Orange head cockchafer The below diagram shows the lifecycle and images of Melbourne’s orange-headed cockchafer grub. Above. Orange headed cockchafer grub (3rd instar), about 25mm in length.   The orange-headed cockchafer Adoryphorus couloni, (Bermeister) has a two-year cycle. The adults lay eggs from early October and the emerging larvae, which damage lawns, […]

12Jul 2015

  How to fertilise new lawn All new lawns by reseedmylawnTM have organic base fertiliser to supply macro and micro nutrients long term. Newly sown ryegrass however, responds well to applied nitrogen, especially depleted sandbelt soils. What fertiliser to buy for new lawn We recommend Scotts Lawn Builder which is available at Bunnings and your local nursery. Lawnbuilder is available in regular, weed […]

12Jul 2015

Winter-early Spring is a great time for reseeding tired old lawns. Lawns established in the cool winter -spring months have a number of advantages. By winter, resident winter grass and broadleaf weed seeds have self germinated. Spraying out the tired old lawn also takes out these weeds, ensuing new lawn grass is established without problem weeds. Also during winter, damaging cockchafer larvae, if present, […]

04Mar 2015

Visit our 2015 online e-book on establishing a new lawn this autumn. Click on the brochure to open issuu | share | download. Our on-line e-book is more comprehensive than the mail-box drop many will have received. Be sure to read charactoristics of Sandbelt soils. By understanding soil properties, we can remedial treat difficult soils such that your new […]