AST7001 Turf Tall Fescue

AST7001 is a new elite turf-type tall fescue variety developed from turf plot selections in Pennsylvania and Oregon. AST7001 exhibits overall superior turf quality, improved wear resistance and superior heat and drought tolerance. One key characteristic that makes this variety unique is a very aggressive tillering growth habit that allows the plant to recover more quickly from damage and fill in bare spots or thin areas. AST7001 has improved resistance to Brown Patch and Pythium Blight which are major contributors to decline in tall fescue quality and stand. AST7001 is a very dense, medium-fine textured tall fescue with an outstanding dark green, uniform color.

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.

Summer Density Ratings
NTEP 2007 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings3 Locations

Ratings 1-9

9=Ideal Turf

Rambler 7.7
AST7001 7.4
Justice 7.4
Padre 7.3
Falcon IV 7.1
Speedway 7.0
LSD 0.9
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar RatingsViginia Beach, VA

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Monet 7.5
AST7001 7.3
Firecracker LS 7.2
Rhambler SRP 7.0
3rd Millennium SRP 6.7
Fat Cat 6.5
LSD 2.6
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar RatingsColumbia, MO

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

AST7001 6.4
3rd Millennium SRP 6.3
Essential 6.2
Titanium LS 6.2
Aggressor 6.0
Speedway 6.0
LSD 0.8
Genetic Color Ratings
NTEP 2007 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings20 Locations

Ratings 1-9

9=Ideal Turf

AST7001 7.6
Padre 7.1
3rd Millennium SRP 6.8
Van Gogh 6.7
Speedway 6.6
Falcon IV 6.4
LSD 0.3
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar RatingsKnoxville, TN

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

AST 7001 7.6
Van Gogh 7.6
Spyder LS 7.5
Titanium LS 7.3
Essential 7.2
Padre 7.0
LSD 0.6
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report
Tall Fescue Cultivar RatingsGriffin, GA

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Speedway 6.6
AST7001 6.4
Cezanne RZ 6.4
Titanium LS 6.4
Fat Cat 6.3
Biltmore 6.1
LSD 2.6

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