Plant endophyte-enhanced grasses like Titan Rx.
In blends and mixes, make sure that at least one or more 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.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Lawn
- Effective against above ground insect pests, as well as below grown 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 sees 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.
Reasons to love endophyte
How's it work?
Heat Tolerance and Titan Rx
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 then most all other tall fescues. Out of 113 entries, including many popular varieties, Titan Rx had the highest score!
Titan Rx was developed to thrive in full sun areas with intense solar pressure, rapid moisture evaporation, and warm ground temperatures. Its 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.
Below you will find more in depth details on why Titan Rx will work for you:
Sun and Shade
Even when conditions are less then ideal, the Titan grasses are well know and values 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 for improved 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.
Titan Rx: Turf Type Tall Fescue
Rhizomes and Recovery
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 rhizomes 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 a 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.
Back in the late 80's, the original Titan fescue was one of the only few groundbreaking grasses to have its own natural, safe pesticides called endophyte. (In fact, even in 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 of the nation's airport system to defend bird collisions with planes!
Pest Resistantance & the Titans
At our Yorktown location, we have grass plots available to view. There are 7 different types of grass, and each grass is planted in 3 different types of soil. Stop by today so you can see for yourself what Titan Rx can do for you!
The Titans have a reputation similar to what Timex had with its classic watched. They can "take a lickin' and keep on tickin'!" There's come 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 goof chance that your Titan lawn will come out looking good.
So Why is That? What's so Special About the Titan Grasses?
The way endophytes work is very cool!
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 don't make it.
Titan Rx is different. While still 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.
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While living off its grass plant host, endophytes producedefenzive 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 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, andophytes may actually "hide" their host from certain insect enemies. Is that cool or what?
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