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Titan Rx: Turf Type Tall Fescue

Even when conditions are less than ideal, the Titans are well known and valued for providing durable, attractive turf. Titan Rx turf-type tall fescue is the 4th generation Titan variety.

It continues the Titan legacy by combining all the excellent features of the previous parentage with further selections forimproved color, even stronger resistance to brown patch, heat, drought and winter, and increased rhizome growth. Titan Rx also has excellent shade tolerance, making it a very versatile variety.

Sun AND Shade

Sun

Titan Rx was developed to thrive in full sun areas with intense solar pressure, rapid moisture evaporation, and warm ground temperatures. It’s deep roots and dense canopy work in harmony to both prevent unnecessary water evaporation as well as capture moisture and nutrients deep down into the soil. In fact, studies have shown that tall fescue can put roots down as deep as six feet.

Shade

Shade tolerance is an important feature, especially for areas with mature landscape or near buildings where turf is desired on the shady side. Titan Rx also has exceptional shade tolerance. In national turf trials conducted from 2006-2011, Titan Rx demonstrated that it could take shade better than most all other tall fescues. Out of 113 entries, including many popular varieties, Titan Rx had the second highest score!

Heat Tolerance and Titan Rx

How's it work?

It’s one thing to have a very hot day. It’s another thing to have a stretch of days where both daytime and nighttime temperatures are oppressive. Cool season grasses, like tall fescue, do not perform well in these situations. In order to survive, they must protect themselves. All energy is put into survival. Shallow-rooted species and weaker varieties simply don’t make it.

Titan Rx is different. While still a cool-season variety, Titan Rx finds a way to survive, so that when the hot spell is over, there are more plants left in the stand to regrow. And thanks to its self-repairing rhizomes and aggressive tillers, there is even more chance that bare spots will naturally fill in.

Here’s the Proof

In 2010, at a research site in Griffin, Georgia, 113 tall fescue varieties were being evaluated. That summer was one for the record-books, with over 40 days of temperatures above 90°F! While all plots were set back and went into survival mode, many could not take the heat. An extended hot, dry fall didn’t make it any easier for plots to recover. By December of 2010, the differences were clearly visible.

However, Titan Rx, had high plant counts and good density. In fact, it was one of only a small minority of plots, out of the 113 NTEP entries, that maintained their density and quality. By the next May the real results showed themselves: many varieties were still showing damage, but Titan Rx looked great! Heat tolerance makes a difference!




June 2010
Prior to the Summer of 2010, all 113 entries looked pretty good.




December 2010
AFTER the summer and extended warm fall, Titan Rx (plot on right) still looks good; but others have literally been burned out.



May 2011
By the end of the following May, Titan Rx (plot on right) really shows the benefit of heat tolerance. Note other plots now look very clumpy and have large bare spots.

Pest Resistantance & the Titans

They go way back

Back in the late 80’s, the original Titan fescue was one of only a few groundbreaking grasses to have its own natural, safe pesticide called endophyte. (In fact, even the Washington Post ran a story on it!) This non-toxic insect deterrent has continued to be a key component in every generation of our Titan grasses.

Over the past two decades, the value of endophytes in grasses has continued to be realized. Researchers have found that endophyte not only deters insects, but also reduces weed infestations and assists in drought recovery. Endophyte is very valuable. In fact, within the past five years, endophyte infected grasses have been used as part the nation’s airport system to defend against bird collisions with planes!

The way endophytes work is very cool!

While living off its grass plant host, endophytes produce defensive chemicals - alkaloids - that are toxic to enemy insects. One effect of these toxic alkaloids is that the plants taste bad. This causes insects to spend more time moving and less time feeding, thus making the insects more vulnerable to predators and pathogens. Newly hatched larvae and nymphs also are more prone to starve in endophytic lawns.

Additionally, endophyte-infected plants produce lower amounts of aromatic compounds that are known to attract insect pests. In other words, in addition to tasting bad to the bad bugs, endophytes may actually “hide” their host from certain insect enemies. Is that cool or what?

Reasons to love endophyte

Effective against above ground insect pests, as well as below ground insects and plant-parasitic nematodes.

Increases summer performance and tolerance to drought and heat.

Helps plants better compete against common weeds and dicots (including crabgrass, dandelions, plantain, and clover).

Enhances disease resistance by maintaining plant health.

Increases the range of environmental adaptation.

Increases seed survival, germination, and establishment.

Improves performance in poor quality acidic soils and soils with low phosphorus content.

All natural and does not diminish over time; reduces the need for frequent pesticide treatments.

What you can do to protect your lawn

Plant endophyte-enhanced grasses like Titan Rx, Titan Ultra, Titan Ltd, TLC, and TLC Plus.

In blends and mixes, make sure that at least one or more of the components has a high level of endophyte. Research has shown that even some endophyte in a turf stand reduces insect populations and damage.

As appropriate, promote overseeding of Kentucky bluegrass mono-stands with endophyte-enhanced perennial ryegrasses. Research has shown that even slice seeding 1-2 lbs/1000 sq. ft. of endophyte-enhanced perennial ryegrass into an existing Kentucky bluegrass stand reduces insect damage. Overseeding in the fall will help provide resistance to billbugs, chinch bugs and sod webworms the following year.

So why is that? What’s so special about the Titan grasses?

First of all, as mentioned before, the Titans just come from hardy stock. It’s like trying to answer the question, “Why are the McCrackens always so strong”, or “How come all the Morses can throw a ball so hard?” It just is!

Secondly, the Titan’s have something that only a few other tall fescues have, an extensive rhizome system. These horizontal underground stems or "rhizomes" spread out to bare spots and send out new shoots and roots which aid in quicker repair and the ongoing thickening of the turf stand. Sometimes tough play, a neighborhood dog, or some bad disease may come through and wipe out a few plants, potentially leaving your lawn with bare spots. So even when your Titan lawn gets knocked around some, the rhizomes constantly act as self-repairing tools, ready and willing to create new plants when needed.





Titan Rx and Titan Ultra Have Even More!

While Titan Ltd had impressive rhizome producing ability, Titan Rx and Titan Ultra have even more. Titan Rx and Titan Ultra plants were selected for more aggressive, faster producing rhizomes, as well as aggressive tillering. Tillering is a process where plants produce more leaves and expand their base above ground. Both tillering and rhizome production help expedite the recovery process should bare spots occur. *

*A note about bare spots: There are many reasons why bare spots occur. Some of these are poor soil conditions, lack of moisture, chemical applications, underground restrictions, etc. Some of these reasons limit the ability of grass to grow, or to survive for any length of time. Amending soil or change in management practices are recommended in these cases. Also, larger bare spots are best reseeded, so as to reduce the chance of increased weed infestation.


Rhizomes and Recovery

The Titans have a reputation similar to what Timex ® had with its classic watches. They can “take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’!” There’s some genetic qualities that simply make these grasses get back up and live when others varieties either die or take longer to recover from damage. Whether that damage comes from hard play, intense disease pressure, pets, drought, cold, or other sources, there’s a good chance that your Titan lawn will come out looking good.

Rhizomes in Action: Titan Rx



October 4th, 2009
After "X" made with Roundup



June 6th, 2010
Recovery and fill-in begin.



October 23rd, 2010
Titan Rx recovers lost ground!

Recovery Trial

Titan Rx’s recovery is so good it was recently noted as having one of the best recovery ratings in a traffic tolerance trial at Rutgers University.

Traffic Stress Recovery Trial
Rutgers University - 2010 1
Variety April 28, 2010
After 190 Days 2
May 14, 2010 
After 206 Days 2
Top Score 48.30% 81.70%
Titan Rx 45.00% 73.30%
Titan Ultra 38.30% 71.70%
Faith 33.30% 68.30%
Turbo 30.00% 60.00%
Kentucky 31 53.30% 56.70%
Sidewinder 21.70% 45.00%
Lsd 11.80% 13.40%
Percent Recover 0-100%
1Selected Data. Complete trial data available upon request
2Plots were subjected to traffic stress in October 2009




Pest Resistantance & the Titans

They go way back

Back in the late 80’s, the original Titan fescue was one of only a few groundbreaking grasses to have its own natural, safe pesticide called endophyte. (In fact, even the Washington Post ran a story on it!) This non-toxic insect deterrent has continued to be a key component in every generation of our Titan grasses.

Over the past two decades, the value of endophytes in grasses has continued to be realized. Researchers have found that endophyte not only deters insects, but also reduces weed infestations and assists in drought recovery. Endophyte is very valuable. In fact, within the past five years, endophyte infected grasses have been used as part the nation’s airport system to defend against bird collisions with planes!

The way endophytes work is very cool!

While living off its grass plant host, endophytes produce defensive chemicals - alkaloids - that are toxic to enemy insects. One effect of these toxic alkaloids is that the plants taste bad. This causes insects to spend more time moving and less time feeding, thus making the insects more vulnerable to predators and pathogens. Newly hatched larvae and nymphs also are more prone to starve in endophytic lawns.

Additionally, endophyte-infected plants produce lower amounts of aromatic compounds that are known to attract insect pests. In other words, in addition to tasting bad to the bad bugs, endophytes may actually “hide” their host from certain insect enemies. Is that cool or what?

Reasons to love endophyte

Effective against above ground insect pests, as well as below ground insects and plant-parasitic nematodes.

Increases summer performance and tolerance to drought and heat.

Helps plants better compete against common weeds and dicots (including crabgrass, dandelions, plantain, and clover).

Enhances disease resistance by maintaining plant health.

Increases the range of environmental adaptation.

Increases seed survival, germination, and establishment.

Improves performance in poor quality acidic soils and soils with low phosphorus content.

All natural and does not diminish over time; reduces the need for frequent pesticide treatments.

What you can do to protect your lawn

Plant endophyte-enhanced grasses like Titan RxTitan UltraTitan LtdTLC, and TLC Plus.

In blends and mixes, make sure that at least one or more of the components has a high level of endophyte. Research has shown that even some endophyte in a turf stand reduces insect populations and damage.

As appropriate, promote overseeding of Kentucky bluegrass mono-stands with endophyte-enhanced perennial ryegrasses. Research has shown that even slice seeding 1-2 lbs/1000 sq. ft. of endophyte-enhanced perennial ryegrass into an existing Kentucky bluegrass stand reduces insect damage. Overseeding in the fall will help provide resistance to billbugs, chinch bugs and sod webworms the following year.

Critters That Hate Endophyte

If you don’t want these guys around making your lawn look like this, make sure you have endophytic grass on the menu!

Lawn without endophyte grass destroyed by insects.
  • Annual bluegrass weevils
  • Armyworms
  • Bluegrass billbugs
  • Chinch bugs
  • Hairy chinch bugs (these must be the chinch bugs ugly cousins!)
  • Black and bronzed cutworms
  • Greenbug aphids
  • Bluegrass and larger sod webworms
  • Cranberry girdlers
  • Vagabond crambus
  • Japanese beetles
  • Southern masked chafers
  • Clover mites
  • Winter grain mites
  • Crionemiones sp
  • Heliocotylencheus spp.
  • Hoplolaimus galeatus
  • Pratylenchus spp.
  • Longidorus sp.
  • Xiphinema sp.

Deep Roots

Titan Rx plants go deep! Its extensive and deep root system are keep to survival in the shade as well as in the sun. They also help reduce soil erosion.



Disease Resistant

Titan Rx was bred with improved disease resistance against many diseases including brown patch, red thread, and rust. Like its predecessors, Titan Rx shows itself to be a strong resistor and with great come-back ability.

Great Color

Titan Rx has an attractive medium-dark green color making it perfect for new lawns, and overseeding existing lawns. Not too light and not too dark – just right!



Dense and Upright

Titan Rx provides high density, helping reduce weed infestation and promote upright attractive turf, due in part to its aggressive tillers and self-repairing rhizomes.




Find a Titan Rx Dealers near you:

Peninsula Hardwood Mulch Inc.
715 Lakeside Drive
Yorktown, VA. 23692   US
Telephone: (757)898-3302


Peninsula Hardwood Mulch Inc.
7800-A Richmond Road
Toano, VA. 23168   US
Telephone: (757)566-1699


Peninsula Feed and Seed
310 Grafton Drive
Yorktown, VA. 23692   US
Telephone: 757-898-6899  


Taylors Do It Center
475 Wythe Creek Road
Poquoson, VA. 23662   US
Telephone: 757-686-8635


Patricks Hardware
395 W. Queen St
Hampton, VA. 23669   US
Telephone: 757-722-2866


Beach Hardware
1951 E. Pembroke Ave
Hampton, VA. 23663   US
Telephone: 757-723-8644


Jamestown Feed & Seed
7348 Richmond Rd (RT 60)
Norge, VA. 23127   US
Telephone: 757-564-8528


Taylors Do It Centers
3400 Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA. 23508   US
Telephone: 757-622-7175


Taylors Do It Centers
2400 East Little Creek Road
Norfolk, VA. 23518   US
Telephone: 757-531-8600


Taylors Do It Centers
3235 Bridge Road
Suffolk, VA. 23435   US
Telephone: 757-484-4545

Norfolk Co. Feed & Seed
1110 Airline Rd.
Portsmouth, VA. 23707   US
Telephone: 757-397-2373


Dails Home Center
4387 Portsmouth Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA. 23701   US
Telephone: 804-488-4946


Churchland Hardware
3938 Poplar Hill Rd.
Chesapeake, VA. 23321   US
Telephone: 804-686-0356


Taylors Do It Centers
1123 Independence Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA. 23455   US
Telephone: 757-460-3716


Kempsville Ace Hardware
5168 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA. 23464   US
Telephone: 757-499-7616


Taylors Do It Center
5258 Fairfield Shopping Center 
Virginia Beach, VA. 23464   US
Telephone: 757-425-9343


Taylors Do It Centers
330 South Battlefield Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA. 23320   US
Telephone: 757-482-3367


Taylors Do It Centers
1609 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA. 23451   US
Telephone: 757-425-6120


Taylors Do It Center
2865 Lynnhaven Drive
Virginia Beach, VA. 23454   US
Telephone: 757-222-0013


Providence Forge Hardware
9321 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Providence Forge, VA. 23140   US
Telephone: 804-966-9076


Wakefield Farm Service
150 Sussex Ave
Wakefield, VA 23888 US
Telephone: 1-757-899-3771

 
 
We offer free pH testing at both of our locations.  Bring in a 16 ounce cup full of soil from your front yard and/or your back yard along with the square footage of each area and let us help you have the perfect yard, year round.  No need to make an appointment, just stop in.
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