AST1001 Tall Fescue

AST1001 is a new, elite turf-type tall fescue variety developed to deliver the ultimate in turf quality while standing up to the environmental stresses that plague tall fescue. Aggressive tillering sets AST1001 apart from ordinary tall fescues. This intense tillering attribute allows AST1001 to recover rapidly from damage. This variety also has the ability to grow and persist in low light conditions allowing it to be used in denser shade than other tall fescue varieties. AST1001 is a top performer in the NTEP trials with high rankings for drought tolerance and brown patch resistance. AST1001 is a medium-fine textured, dense turf-type tall fescue with outstanding genetic dark green color, making it perfect for blends, mixes or planted by itself.

Uses:

  • Commercial/Residential lawns
  • Athletic fields
  • Recreation areas
  • Parks/Cemeteries
  • Golf course roughs
  • Sod production
  • Roadsides/Low maintenance turf

Management:

Planting Rate

  • (new): 6-8 lbs/1000 square feet
  • (existing): 3-4 lbs/1000 square feet

Planting Dates

  • (spring): March-May
  • (fall): August-September

Soil pH: 5.5-8.0

Mowing Height: 2-4 inches; increased heights should be utilized during summer months to reduce stress to the plant

Fertility: 4-7 lbs N/year (refer to soil test for exact amounts needed); Minimum N should be applied during summer months to reduce disease activity.

SHADE TOLERANCE RATINGS
NTEP 2008 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings
Carbondale, IL
Ratings 1-9 9=Best
NAME MEAN
Wolfpack II 7.1
AST1001 7.0
Darlington 6.7
Turbo Rz 6.5
Finelawn Xpress 6.4
Falcon NG 5.7
LSD 1.4
DROUGHT STRESS RATINGS
NTEP 2008 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings
Brookings, SD
Ratings 1-9 9=Best
NAME MEAN
Renovate 5.7
AST1001 5.5
Titanium LS 5.4
Falcon IV 5.3
Crossfire 3 5.2
3rd Millenium SRP 4.9
LSD 0.7
MEAN TURFGRASS QUALITY
NTEP 2008 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings
Columbia, MO
Ratings 1-9 9=Best
NAME MEAN
Mustang 4 7.0
AST1001 6.8
Hudson 6.4
Padre 6.3
Magellan 6.0
Rembrandt 5.9
LSD 0.9
GENETIC COLOR RATINGS
NTEP 2008 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings
20 Locations
Ratings 1-9 9=Dark Green
NAME MEAN
AST1001 7.3
Crossfire 3 7.3
MustangĀ 4 6.9
3rd Millenium SRP 6.8
Wolfpack II 6.7
Falcon IV 6.4
LSD 0.2
MEAN TURFGRASS QUALITY
NTEP 2008 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings
Kingston, RI
Ratings 1-9 9=Best
NAME MEAN
Raptor II 6.1
AST1001 6.0
Cochise IV 5.8
Falson NG 5.6
Rocket 5.5
Hunter 5.2
LSD 0.8
MEAN TURFGRASS QUALITY
NTEP 2008 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings
Griffin, GA
Ratings 1-9 9=Best
NAME MEAN
Cezanne RZ 6.7
AST1001 6.6
Van Gogh 6.3
Biltmore 6.1
Falcon NG 5.7
Shenandoah III 5.6
LSD 0.6

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