Really Tough Turf
A deep rooting turf which has been specifically bred to be more tolerant of both drought and flood. It is very tough and recovers well from the hardest pounding in gardens and landscapes, on projects where quick establishment is needed and little irrigation is possible, in areas that are prone to occasional flooding and in salty places such as coastal areas and roadside verges. Its deep roots mean it is quick to self repair after damage from a variety of causes.
RTT is a broader leaved turfgrass in appearance and is proven to reach rooting depths of up to 1.5 metres in trials at the Sports Turf Research Institute, Bingley. RTT contains other tall fescue grasses which complement the rhizomatous growth habit of the RTF and a smooth stalked meadow grass. This element adds to the strength and density of this turfgrass. RTT has a low build up of thatch. The hard leaf of RTT encourages the ball on surfaces to sit up, making it ideal for golf fairways and semiroughs. As a turfgrass its tensile strength holds it together and has excellent resistance to common turfgrass diseases such as red thread and fusarium patch.
Typical seed mixtures
- 25% rhizomatous tall fescue festuca arundinacea
- 65% tall fescue - festuca arundinacea
- 10% smooth stalked meadow grass poa pratensis or 10% perennial ryegrass lolium perenne
This mixture is more at home left at 25mm with a well adjusted cylinder mower. But it can also be maintained at a height of up to 80mm should it be required. Rotary mowers are the best option for heights of cut above 20mm. The key to maintaining quality is to mow regularly, and never to take more than a quarter of the leaf off at any one time. The longer the grass, the better the turf can cope with adverse weather conditions and high wear. For example, the length of grass is directly proportional to the depth of rooting, which in turn provides better tolerance of wear and tear conditions. RTT is slower growing than other turfgrasses.
RTT can survive happily on low fertiliser regimes and usually requires a maximum of 125kg Nitrogen per ha per year. This can be provided by two applications of fertiliser - one in the spring and one in the autumn - April & September. Slow release and organic fertilisers are recommended.