Strong Creeping Red Fescue Latin name: Festuca rubra rubra Seeds/gram: 800 Germination: About 2 weeks Shoot density: 250-450 shoots/100cm2 Cutting height: Normal: 20-35mm Not less than 12mm Growth: Creeping long rhizomes Distinguishing features: Leaves stiff and filamentous // Young leaf folded in shoot (tends to remain unfolded when mature) // Ligule short, blunt and difficult to distinguish // Long rhizomes // Leaf sheath complete, not overlapping Properties: Rhizomatous growth stabilises root zones and provides some recovery from damage. This species is used in turf 15 production for binding. Strong creeping red fescue is not suited to close mown areas such as golf greens. It is, however, used in some tees and fairway mixtures as it has some regenerative capacity due to its rhizomes. Tall Fescue Latin name: Festuca arundinacea Seeds/gram: 650 Germination: 2-3 weeks Shoot density: 200 shoots/100cm2 Cutting height: Normal: 30-40mm Not less than 10mm Growth: In tufts Distinguishing features: Strongly veined upper leaf surface // Blade rolled when young // Large flat mature leaf // Ligules short // Small hairy auricles // Purple red leaf sheath Properties: Very good resistance to extremes of hot and cold weather. Very high drought tolerance. Moderate to good wear tolerance. Some varieties do form rhizomes. Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass Latin name: Poa pratensis Seeds/gram: 3,000 Germination: 3-4 weeks Shoot density: 200-350 shoots/100cm2 Cutting height: Normal: 20-35mm Not less than 8mm Growth: Creeping with rhizomes Distinguishing features: Leaves dark green or with bluish bloom // Of uniform width, abruptly terminating in boat-shaped tip // Two pale parallel lines visible along midrib when leaf is held up against light // Underside of leaf with keel // Leaf blade folded in the shoot // Ligule short, rounded, 1-3mm long Properties: Forms an attractive carpet with good wearing qualities and regenerative ability. Slow to establish. Ideal for turf production, tees and sports areas. Key Cultivars ROSSINANTE No. 1 rating Representing a new generation of fine turf strong creeping red fescue, maintaining the aggressive establishment and rhizomatous rooting of a traditional red fescue with the turf quality to match more traditional fine turf red fescue species. The first rubra rubra we have been able to enter into close mown trials. The high shoot density is maintained even down to 6mm. Key Cultivars SOMBRERO No. 1 rating Re-setting the benchmark for smooth stalked meadow grass, topping trials for both fine and sports turf use. The combination of its fine leaved appearance, high shoot density and rugged wear tolerance and recovery make Sombrero the first choice for professional turf managers.
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