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Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF)

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF) is the UK’s first turf bred for climate change

RTF LogoInturf are part of a four-strong consortium of growers to have ready stocks of a new breed of turf which has been specially developed in co-operation with Barenbrug Research, one of Europe’s foremost breeders, to cope with the rigours of climate change.

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (or Really Tough Turf as it has been described) performs well in drought, doesn’t mind being waterlogged in flooding, is shade tolerant, salt tolerant and is incredibly hard wearing.

The tall fescue’s unique properties are attributable to its rhizomes and its remarkably deep root system which is bushier, denser, stronger and deeper than anything seen before.

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue is a major breakthrough for people who use grass in amenity landscapes and for designers working with housing developers.

Ordinary Tall Fescue Growth Model

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue Growth Model

“How can you play on a pitch you can't stand up on?”

Harry Redknap

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF) awarded the Waterwise Marque

Waterwise MarqueIn March 2007, RTF was awarded the Waterwise Marque. The grass seed variety is the first to gain this prestigious accolade.

The Waterwise Marque highlights the most water efficient products available on the market.

In the current climate of drought the UK is running out of water and it is becoming increasingly important for consumers to save water and purchase water efficient products.

The Marque enables consumers to make more informed decisions on which products to buy.

A hot weather warning
We put so much effort into growing excellent turf, and our customers put so much into laying it, that the last thing we want is for people to lay turf that is doomed to fail.
So, if the daytime temperature is consistently over 20◦ and the humidity is high, the thousands of little grass plants in the turf roll (there could be up to 850 plants per square foot) will struggle to establish and flourish. It will be best to wait until things change to lay the turf, for example a fall in temperature is predicted or rain is promised. (Of course, established turf will bounce back from even prolonged periods of heat and drought and look as lovely as ever.)
Follow our advice and your new turf should do well and add real value to your garden or landscape. Ignore it and all your hard work could be for nothing.