I sodded my back yard 3 years ago with RTF. It has not held up well, especially in the higher traffic areas where it is completely dead. Any suggestions?



I'm assuming that by RTF you mean rhizomatous tall fescue?  In any case, I would have expected a tall fescue turf to hold up fairly well.  It can be quite traffic tolerant.  Before giving up on it completely, I would make sure that your irrigation and fertilization schedules are adequate.  I'm attaching a bulletin with additional information on that.  For the areas that are a problem, I would recommend overseeding with Kentucky bluegrass.  It will blend in well and should help with traffic tolerance.

Posted on 11 Oct 2007

Kelly Kopp
Water Conservation & Turfgrass Specialist

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