what sod to use?

Asked September 6, 2017, 4:12 PM EDT

Landscaper wants me to chose between RTS Fescue or Rye grass to plant. What is best one? Benefits and concerns for both?

Washington County Oregon lawns and turf horticulture

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The most commonly planted grasses for western Oregon are mixtures of perennial ryegrass, fine fescue, and Kentucky bluegrass, with each of these grasses providing a different benefit. Perennial ryegrass provides rapid germination and establishment, while fine fescue is adapted to partial shade and drought conditions. Kentucky bluegrass, meanwhile, stabilizes the soil and recovers from traffic with its rhizomatous growth habit.

To determine which grass is best for your lawn determine first; is the lawn in sun or shade predominantly; does it have heavy use; or do you plan on irrigating the lawn.

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF®)sod is a species of turf grass that is extremely durable and dense. It creates rhizomes, which are underground stems that grow laterally through the soil to stabilize and spread the turf grass.These rhizomes stem upward to the surface while also growing new roots downward, creating new plants. The process is pretty similar to that of the Kentucky Bluegrass. However, RTF® sod differentiates itself with the ability to survive the transition zone climate and additional tall fescue turf region. RTF® turf grass is incredibly durable and will withstand high traffic areas. It has a high heat and drought tolerance, allowing you to water less often. It will not get brown and ugly in the summer heat.

Perennial Ryegrass Sod

When growing quality sod usually three perennial ryegrasses are chosen for their individual strengths and overall quality. Each performs well in our Northwest climate and under all levels of management including the golf course, commercial or residential landscapes.Cool-season grass – moderately dark green with good density and fine leaf texture – known for its rapid establishment rate – produces attractive, tough leaves and low growing crowns that create a stable turf – easy to maintain. Excellent disease and insect resistance. Improved heat and drought tolerance in the summer and better density in the winter.

http: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1550.pdf