The ENDURATURF® mixture of Dwarf Turf Type Tall Fescue grasses was developed from selections of forage and pasture grasses that exhibit durability and strength. Plant breeders substantially modified this turf grass through hybridization and other techniques to produce a very desirable ornamental turf grass. These grasses exhibit excellent traffic tolerance and deep root systems down to six feet.
ENDURATURF® will extract water and soil nutrients from deep into the soil profile. Research at Kentucky State University proves that Turf Type Tall Fescues such as ENDURATURF® can provide equal turf grass quality on 35-40% less water during an entire irrigation season. Other evidence supports that drought tolerance of Turf Type Tall Fescue is very strong due to the deep root system. A dark genetic green color has been developed into this rugged grass species. Certain varieties selected for the ENDURATURF® mixture exhibit early spring green-up and good late fall color as well as shade tolerance.
ENDURATURF® has a high tolerance for extreme conditions like heat and sunlight. It does not enter into a semi dormant condition and loose color in July and August as Kentucky bluegrass does. This species was selected by breeders because its disease and insect resistance, rugged, durable characteristics and survivability under severe conditions of heat, drought, poor soils, salt and shade. Maintenance costs are lower than that of Kentucky bluegrass by 30-40%, due to lower fertilizer requirements and its natural abilities to ward off disease and insects.
Most recently, plant breeders have been able to refine the texture of the leaf of this and other species selected for the ENDURATURF® mixture until they equal that of other ornamental turf grasses. Since the first turf type tall fescue entered the marketplace, some 30 years ago, the number of varieties available has increased to by about 200. Another recent development has been a slower growth rate during cool weather, which requires mowing less frequently than other turf grasses.
You will continue to hear more about these unique species of grasses in trade journals, from those encouraging conservative water use and from those who recognize the common sense values of these plant characteristics in landscaping.
In Summary ENDURATURF® is:
- Water Conserving
- Disease and Insect Resistant
- Deep Root System (4-6Ft.)
- Shade Tolerant
- Great Summer Color in High Heat
- Dwarf (Slower Growing in Cool Months)
- Traffic Tolerant
- Adaptable to Low Quality Soils
- Drought Tolerant
- Medium Leaf Width (Comparable Dark Genetic Green Color to Bluegrass)
- Dense and Thick