AST5118 Turf Tall Fescue

AST5118 is an elite tall fescue variety that is a true game changer when it comes to leaf texture and density of a tall fescue variety. Selections made during the breeding process produced a tall fescue variety with leaf texture and density comparable to elite Kentucky bluegrasses on the market today. Additional advancements were made in heat and drought tolerance along with improved resistance to brown patch and pythium diseases. Other characteristics include a dark green genetic color, improved mowing quality and excellent uniformity. AST5118 is a dark green, fine textured, dense tall fescue variety that can be planted alone, in blends with other tall fescue varieties and makes an excellent companion in mixes with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrasses.

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.

TEST RESULTS

TURFGRASS QUALITY RATINGS
Tall Fescue Cultivars
2014 Data
Verboort, OR
Ratings 1-9, 9=Best
AST51187.5
Bonsai5.8
Darlington5.2
Crossfire 35.0
Speedway4.5
Mustang 44.4
LSD0.8
GENETIC COLOR RATINGS
Tall Fescue Cultivars
2014 Data
Verboort, OR
Ratings 1-9, 9=Dark Green
AST51188.0
Mustang 46.3
Bonsai6.2
Crossfire 35.3
Speedway5.3
Darlington4.3
LSD1.1
TURFGRASS QUALITY RATINGS
Tall Fescue Cultivars
2014 Data
Pipersville, PA
Ratings 1-9, 9=Best
AST51187.4
Crossfire 34.9
Darlington4.8
Bonsai4.8
Speedway4.5
Mustang 43.4
LSD0.7
DENSITY RATINGS
Tall Fescue Cultivars
2014 Data
Pipersville, P A
Ratings 1-9, 9=Max Density
AST51188.0
Mustang 45.9
Bonsai4.5
Speedway4.5
Crossfire 34.2
Darlington4.1
LSD1.2
GENETIC COLOR RATINGS
Tall Fescue Cultivars
2014 Data
Pipersville, PA
Ratings 1-9, 9=Dark Green
AST51187.2
Mustang 45.0
Bonsai4.6
Darlington4.3
Speedway4.3
Crossfire 34.2
LSD1.0
LEAF TEXTURE RATINGS
Tall Fescue Cultivars
2014 Data
Pipersville, P A
Ratings 1-9, 9=Very Fine
AST51187.9
Mustang 46.1
Darlington4.8
Speedway4.7
Bonsai4.6
Crossfire 34.5
LSD1.0

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