Slender Creeping Red Fescue Latin name: Festuca rubra litoralis Seeds/gram: 1,000 Germination: About 2 weeks Shoot density: 450-800 shoots/100cm2 Cutting height: Normal: 20-35mm Not less than 5mm Growth: Creeping with short rhizomes Distinguishing features: Leaves stiff and filamentous // Young leaf folded in shoot (generally remains unfolded when mature) // Ligule short, blunt and difficult to distinguish // Short rhizomes // Leaf sheath complete, not overlapping Properties: The high shoot density and tolerance to close cutting makes the species particularly suitable for golf greens, tees & fairways. Moderately salt tolerant. The runners can regenerate cover in worn areas. Mixes well with Festuca rubra commutata. Sheeps and Hard Fescue Latin name: Festuca ovina Seeds/gram: 950 Germination: 2-3 weeks Shoot density: 800-1000 shoots/100cm2 Cutting height: Normal: 15-35mm Not less than 5mm Growth: In tufts Distinguishing features: Very fine leaved plant with high shoot density // Leaves are thread like, hairless with a strongly ribbed ridged upper surface // Leaves greyish to blue green colouration // Characteristically forms whorls as a mature plant, (Sheeps fescue) // Auricles are described as absent or much reduced // Ligule is very short // Rhizomes absent // Leaf sheaths open and overlapping Properties: A highly drought tolerant, low nutrient demand grass. Some cultivars tolerate very close mowing. A highly flexible species used in a diverse range of mixtures from golf to moorland. It is particularly useful in low maintenance situations and has a tolerance to a wide range of 10 soils from acidic to neutral. Visually attractive if left uncut. Key Cultivars NEW NIGELLA No. 1 rating A perfect partner to our range of high quality fine turf fescues. Nigella is top rated for both fairway and close mown management, demonstrating exceptional density. The improved colour and disease resistance further enhancing the overall visual merit of this top quality cultivar BEUDIN A welcome addition to the Johnsons portfolio, outstanding turf quality and shoot density under both fairway and close mown conditions increase ball speeds and reduce invasion by poa and other coarse grasses. CEZANNE A proven fine fescue, excellent salt tolerance, combining high shoot density and outstanding resistance to fusarium with the versatility to perform well under both fairway and golf green conditions. Tolerates hot/dry conditions as well as cold/temperate. Winter colour stands out for the species. A sustainable solution. VALDORA Selected for its suitability within the oceanic European climatic region, its excellent shoot density under both fairway and close mown conditions make this a strong addition to any fine turf mixture. High disease resistance and good summer colour being key characteristics. Key Cultivars QUATRO No. 1 rating across European trials A breakthrough cultivar in fine turf fescues. A fine leaved appearance and level of shoot density that can put the best red fescues to shame. Exceptional salt tolerance and stand out disease resistance, especially to red thread and fusarium. Quatro is hard to beat anytime of year but it is in the winter that the natural colour sets it apart! A truly beautiful cultivar. Perfect for links applications and sustainable management programs. DUMAS Demonstrates high salt tolerance with a fine leaf and good shoot density. Attractive natural colour throughout the season and a high resistance to fungal disease make this a perfect partner for other fine fescues in high performance fine turf situations especially suitable for low input and links golf scenarios.
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