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Ruddy strong creeping red fescue turf is a newer generation of red fescue developed for exceptional wear tolerance at all mowing heights. This makes Ruddy Strong suitable for home lawns, fairways, roughs and parks. This creeping red fescue demonstrates high turf quality under all maintenance conditions and a broad range of climates. With excellent shade tolerance, Ruddy Strong creeping red fescue can be used from full sun to deep shade, and in low or high maintenance sites. It has superior winter hardiness and stress tolerance for performance from the transition zone to the far north.
Ruddy Strong creeping red fescue demonstrates high resistance to Dollar Spot, Red Thread and Leaf Spot. It has high levels of endophyte for resistance to surface feeding insects and improved stress tolerance. Ruddy Strong creeping red fescue is excellent for blending with other fine fescues, Kentucky Bluegrasses and perennial ryegrass. Ruddy Strong can also be used in mixed warm season/cool season turf blends blending with bermudagrass or buffalograss.
General Fine Fescue Characteristics
Uses: Shaded lawns, ground cover
Growth Habit: Bunch, creeping and/or spreading low, slow growing
Blade: 1-2 mm., needle-like tip
Adaptations and Use
Ruddy is ideal for parks, schools, home lawns, commercial turf, golf course roughs and fairways, whether planted alone or in blends and mixes. Ruddy performs well in sun or shade and will tolerate a wide range of soil textures and conditions. It adds early spring green-up and winter color to many blends. It performs well in high heat and reduced maintenance conditions. Ruddy is an excellent choice for landscapers who can use it in sun or shade. It can be used in No Mow blends for a meadow look. Ruddy naturally shows less weed invasion than many strong creeping red fescues.
4-6 lbs./1,000 sq. ft.
Germination: 6-9 days under ideal conditions
First limited use: 3-5 weeks depending on condition
Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced