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Grande II Rhizomatous Tall Fescue
Rhizomatous Tall Fescue


Description

Grande II is a recent improvement of the original Grande, among the first improved tall fescue varieties that exhibit rhizomes. A rhizome is a specialized stem that acts as an energy storage organ and means of propagation. In space plantings Grande has been shown to produce rhizomes on up to 67% of the plants. Rhizomes have the ability to more quickly "knit" the turf together as well as repair thin and bare spots.

Plant Variety Protection Certificate (PVP) #9500126. Grande, developed by Dr. Leah Brilman, was granted a PVP based, among other things, on its unique ability to produce rhizomes.


Characteristics

FEATURES:

BENEFITS:


Rhizomatous growth habit Fills bare spots quicker
Excellent density Improved wear tolerance
Drought tolerant Less frequent waterings
High endophyte level Improved disease resistance
Deep root system Heat and drought tolerance

Uses

Because of its outstanding density, durability and low maintenance, Grande lends itself to a wide range of uses including:
Home lawns, commercial developments, playgrounds, cemeteries, parks, golf course roughs


Seeding Rates

New turf: 10 pounds per 1000 square feet or 400 pounds per acre.
Overseeding: 6-10 pounds per 1000 square feet or 250-400 pounds per acre.


Establishment

Emergence: 10-14 days
First mowing: Approximately 30 days (may be longer in cool season)
First limited use: Approximately 50 days.


Adaptability & Care

Climatic Conditions: Adapts well to all climate conditions (except high altitude).
Soils: All soil types.
pH range: prefers 5.5 to 6.5 but tolerates 4.7 to 8.5
Fertilization: Requires two applications of balanced fertilizer per year to maintain a luxurious green turf without excess growth. Slow release fertilizers are recommended.
Mowing height: 1to 1.5 inches can be increased to 2-3 inches in hot weather to reduce water usage.


Quality Assurance

"Grande II" Tall Fescue is a distinct variety of tall fescue protected under the U.S. Plant Variety Protection Act. Available in certified and sod grades.


Ingredients & Specifications

Grande II Tall Fescue

98% Minimum purity
90% Minimum germination
230,000 seeds per pound


Test Data

National Tall Fescue Trial
2005 Data
Turf quality ratings 1-9; 9=ideal turf
Southwest U.S. locations

Variety

Score


Chipper (#1 rank)
Grande II
Regiment II
Jaguar 3
Barlexas
Rendition
KY-31 E

LSD Value

7.1
6.9
6.9
6.8
6.7
6.6
5.2

0.2


Athletic Field Establishment
& Wear Tolerance

Ohio State University, November 2003
Wear tolerance ratings 1-9; 9=best, 1=poorest
Tall fescue varieties mowed at 1.5 in.

Variety

Score


Grande Tall Fescue
Rendition Tall Fescue
Tiatn, Rendition, Kitty Halk TF
Labyrinth RTF

LSD Value

5.8
5.6
4.3
3.0

1.6


To determine whether a cultivar's performance is truly different from another, subtract one entry's mean from another entry's mean. If this value is larger than the LSD value, the observed difference in cultivar performance is significant and did not happen by chance.
**Complete tables available at www.ntep.org.



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