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Ambrose is the best performing chewings fescue in North America. It exhibits a distinct deep dark green, fine textured turf. Recognized for its reduced rate of vertical growth and low maintenance attributes Ambrose also exhibits low height of cut tolerance for tightly mowed fairways and winter overseeding of greens. It has good shade tolerance and is adapted to low fertility and moderately high pH soil conditions. Ambrose requires soils with good to excellent internal drainage for optimal turf performance. Ambrose is a moderately endophyte enhanced chewing fescue with >36% Epichloe typhina endophyte which provides resistance to a number of leaf and crown feeding insects and nematodes.

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TWCA Certified Drought Tolerant. Culumbra II is one of the only CERTIFIED drought tolerant chewings fescue available in the market. Through rigorous testing in various locations throughout the US, The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA) has scientifically proven that Culumbra II maintains its green cover with less water. Using Digital Image Analysis (DIA), Culumbra II retained a 25% green cover for an average of 10 days longer than other chewings fescues! Along with drought tolerance, it also exhibits a distinct deep dark green, fine-textured turf. Recognized for its reduced rate of vertical growth and low maintenance attributes, Culumbra II tolerates low height of cut for tightly mowed fairways and winter overseeding of greens. It has good shade tolerance and is adapted to low fertility and moderately high pH soil conditions. Culumbra II requires soils with good to excellent internal drainage for optimal turf performance.

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Where legends begin in improved fine fescue. Epic is the newest and most versatile improved strong creeping red fescue on the market in the past decade. Its rich, dark green color makes it perfect for shaded lawns and low maintenance turf across North America.

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Foxy II ranked #1 for genetic color across Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin in the 2006 CTBT trial. Foxy II represents the best turf quality available under low maintenance. Foxy II also exhibits good resistance to dollar spot incited by Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, red thread Laetisaria fuciformi, summer patch Magnaporthe poae, and moderate resistance to brown patch Rhizoctonia solani.

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Nordic hard fescue is an advanced generation synthetic bred specifically for its darker color, lower plant height, shorter leaves, and compact leaf canopy. It performs well under varying soil types and acidity levels, and is particularly suited for low fertility, well drained soils. As a hard fescue, it exhibits greater shade tolerance than fescues, but also thrives in open, sunny areas.

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Reliant II is one of the best performing and most recognized hard fescues in North America. It exhibits a distinct deep dark green, fine textured turf and spreads very slowly with basal tillering. It is also recognized for its reduced rate of vertical growth and low maintenance attributes requiring less frequent mowing than many other species. Once fully established it requires little supplemental irrigation or fertilizer and tolerates acidic, infertile shady planting sites.

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Chewings Fescue

Chewings fescues have a bunch type growth habit, form denser turf than strong creeping red fescue, tend to be more disease resistant, and persistent under low maintenance. Of the fine fescues, chewing fescue is the most tolerant of close, continuous mowing and traffic pressure. From Northern Europe and bred for improved turf quality in hot, dry climates of North America.

Strong Creeping Red Fescue

Strong creeping red fescues have rhizomes and a distinct spreading growth habit. They have greater, longer, and less prolific rhizomes than the slender creeping red fescues. Strong creepers also tend to be more tolerant of patch and crown disease and are often mixed with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass in hot and humid regions.

Hard Fescue

Hard fescues are similar in appearance to sheep and blue fescue, but have wider, tougher, less glaucus (bluish-green) to dark green leaves, and are more tolerant of higher fertility and moist soil conditions. Hard fescues are more similar to chewing fescue with similar turf density and texture, but lower nutrient requirements and slower vertical growth rates. Hard fescues are also used as a component in low maintenance turf mixtures where a “windswept” or “links” look is required. Hard fescue is also used for wildflower mixtures.