SELF REPAIRING SOD
RTF Water Saver®
Sod Certified Grower

On a sports field there is a game to be played, a memory to be cherished, and a turf to withstand the wear. RTF Water Saver Sod can outplay and outlast other ordinary tall fescue sods.

RTF is an advanced generation of turf-type tall fescue that produces a thick rhizome-based root system that supports unparalleled thick, even turf. In fact, RTF is so distinctly advanced from all other tall fescue generations that it has been awarded a patent.

Of significance to professional turf managers is RTF’s ability to self repair. The new RTF rhizome technology will fill in damaged bare spots and produce a more attractive turf area. The rhizome nature of RTF is similar to Kentucky bluegrass. However, unlike Kentucky bluegrass RTF will thrive in the transition zone climate and all other tall fescue turf regions.

What RTF Water Saver Sod can do to benefit your Sports Turf?
See common problems and solutions in FAQ below…

Damaged Turf, divots, holes
Self-repairing turf that quickly fills in damaged or open spots with new shoots of grass. Rhizomatus Tall Fescue (RTF) produces rhizomes, which is an underground stem that penetrates through the soil to spread the plant.
High Traffic
High level of traffic tolerance.
Durable turf that is still attractive
Has fine leaves which produce a very dense, uniform sod.
Browns out in summer heat
Strong, deep root system. Ability to draw its moisture from a deep profile. Excellent drought and heat tolerance with less irrigation.
Constant overseeding
Requires less overseeding, has fewer weed problems and prevents “wide-leafed ugly clumps” of tall fescue plants which are common in other tall fescues.
Weed Problems and weed growth
A dense turf without open areas prevents weed growth.

Fresh cut through RTF

Re-growth after 2 months

Re-growth after 4 months

Re-growth after 11 months

• Self Repairing
• Strong, deep root system and drought tolerance
• Grows great in sun or shade

• Excellent color and density
• Excellent insect and disease resistance
• Improved value for the turf professional

All other fescues roots

RTF Roots

WHY IS RTF REVOLUTIONARY?
Unlike all other Tall Fescues, RTF:

• Repairs itself
• Fills in bare spots
• Prevents “wide leafed ugly clumps”

THE ONLY SOD YOU’LL EVER NEED!
What is RTF?

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF®) is an advanced generation of turf-type tall fescue which produces rhizomes. A rhizome is an underground stem that penetrates through the soil to spread the plant. Rhizomes send shoots up to the soil surface while extending new roots downward, forming a new plant. The rhizomatous nature of RTF is similar to Kentucky bluegrass. However, unlike Kentucky bluegrass it will survive the transition zone climate and other tall fescue regions.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Self-Repairing Turf

• Quickly fills in damaged or open spots with new shoot of grass
• High level of traffic tolerance
• Dense turf without open areas prevents weed growth

Strong, Deep Root System and Drought Tolerance

• Rapid development of a deep root system
• Excellent drought and heat tolerance with less irrigation
• Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions

Grows Great in Sun or Shade

• Excellent in the transition zone climate and other tall fescue turf regions
• Will not brown out in the intense summer heat
• One of the most shade tolerant cool season grasses

Excellent Color and Density

• Has fine leaves which produce a very dense uniform sod
• Early spring greenup
• Withstands stressful hot temperatures and keeps its rich green color

Excellent Insect and Disease Resistance

• Endophyte enhanced for improved insect, disease and drought tolerance
• Environmentally friendly, reduces chemical and fertilizer inputs

Improved Value for the Turf Professional

• RTF Sod requires less overseeding, has fewer weed problems and
prevents “wide-leafed ugly clumps” of tall fescue plants
• Young plants first build the root and shoot system; then concentrate on
producing rhizomes. With RTF sod, the rhizomes are already developed
• RTF sod, with the aid of rhizomes anchors itself faster, water requirements
are reduced and turf can be used sooner.

® RTF is a registered trademark of BARENBRUG.

We have been redesigning bunkers on our course this past year. Our choice of grass for our new bunker faces is RTF. The reason for using RTF is because it tolerates the heat and uses less water than other turf varieties. RTF’s rhizome production also holds up on the bunker faces compared to other Tall Fescues.

Bob