Rhizomatous Tall Fescue Grass

RTF Fescue Grass

Exclusive to Lawn Solutions Australia accredited growers, RTF – or Rhizomatous Tall Fescue Grass – is a self-repairing grass that produces a thick, even, soft lawn and thrives in cold climate regions. RTF Fescue also features a leaf texture distinct from normal tall fescue varieties, being much softer to touch, gentle even on bare feet.

A self-repairing lawn grass

A rhizome is a horizontal plant stem most often found underground, which are valued because they send out new roots and shoots, allowing new plants to propagate at a distance from the original plant. More than 10 years ago, turf scientists developed RTF Fescue Grass as a superior tall fescue variety with rhizome—rich plants, whose rhizome roots fill in bare spots in a thinning lawn.

Beware of Rhizomatous Tall Fescue Grass imitators

Since that breakthrough discovery, the Barenbrug Research Program is continuously developing new Rhizomatous Tall Fescue Grass varieties. Lawn Solutions Australia constantly monitors and only uses the latest and most advanced types from this research program. Other companies have tried to imitate Barenburg’s grasses, but university and independent testing has proven that Barenburg’s is a cut above the competition, being the one grasses to exhibit significant rhizomes and rhizomatous activity.

Deep-rooting plants mean greater heat tolerance

Tall Fescue grass is more drought tolerant than most other species due to its deep roots. RTF Fescue is one of the deepest rooting cool season grasses available, with roots travel down to 2 metres tapping into water normally not available. Whilst it does not to have the drought tolerance of warm season varieties such as Sir Walter Buffalo, it is more drought tolerant than most cool season grasses. Lawn Solutions Australia has observed how cool season grasses like Tall Fescue would maintain turf quality under drought conditions, and evaluated them after reducing water by 15% and 30%, way below what is considered ideal to maintain quality. RTF Fescue Grass performed better than any other cool season grass during the hottest months of the year, and better than Kentucky and Texas Bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and other tall fescues highly ranked by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.

Backed by our 10 Year Warranty

Any purchase of RTF Fescue Grass, no matter how big or small, is issues with a Lawn Solutions Australia Product Warranty Certificate. This confirms you are receiving genuine RTF Fescue Grass, and provides a 10 Year Warranty.

RTF Fescue Grass turf is available exclusively through the Lawn Solutions Australia network of accredited growers and suppliers in climatic zones suitable to RTF. Find your local LSA turf supplier to find out more.

Did You Know?

You can only purchase AUSGAP Sir Walter DNA Certified from a Lawn Solutions Member

All Lawn Solutions members must submit samples of their grass for certification against the original foundation material from the breeder and all Lawn Solutions members are AusGAP certified.We've heard a few rumours that some unscrupulous people are claiming to grow and sell AUSGAP Sir Walter DNA Certified and we want to make sure all our Sir Walter customers are getting what they paid for.If you can't find your supplier on this website, they may be telling you tales!If you are unsure, give us a call on 1300 883 711 and we can confirm you're getting the real deal.There is nothing like a Sir Walter lawn, make sure it's genuinely DNA Certified.

How does RTF Fescue Grass stack up?

RTF Fescue GrassSir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo GrassEureka Kikuyu GrassNullarbor Couch GrassPlatinum Zoysia Grass
Shade toleranceMediumVery HighVery LowVery LowLow
Wear resistanceLowMediumMediumMediumMedium
Water requirementsVery HighLowHighMediumMedium
MaintenanceVery HighLowHighMediumMedium
Fertilising NeedsVery HighMediumMediumHighLow
Weed ResistanceLowHighMediumLowMedium
Disease ResistanceLowVery HighMediumMediumHigh
Heat resistanceMediumHighMediumHighHigh
Pest resistanceLowHighLowLowMedium
Average PerformanceLowHighLowMediumMedium

How does RTF Fescue Grass stack up?

Shade tolerance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass Very High
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Very Low
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Very Low
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Low

Wear resistance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass Medium
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Medium
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Medium
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Medium

Water requirements

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass Low
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass High
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Medium
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Medium

Maintenance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass Low
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass High
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Medium
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Medium

Fertilising Needs

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass Medium
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Medium
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass High
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Low

Weed Resistance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass High
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Medium
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Low
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Medium

Disease Resistance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass Very High
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Medium
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Medium
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass High

Heat resistance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass High
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Medium
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass High
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass High

Pest resistance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass High
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Low
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Low
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Medium

Average Performance

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass High
  • Eureka Kikuyu Grass Low
  • Nullarbor Couch Grass Medium
  • Platinum Zoysia Grass Medium