Person installing RTF grass on lawn in Ottawa

A healthy and fresh-looking lawn is on everyone’s lawn care wish list. 

Choosing to install sod is a great place to start. However, figuring out which type is best for your lawn is where most people are stumped. 

RTF grass or ‘Rhizomatous Tall Fescue’  is a type of sod that produces rhizomes. Rhizomes are underground stems that penetrate through the soil to spread the plant. It is similar in nature to bluegrass which is a common grass in the area. 

RTF grass has many benefits and requires far less maintenance.

Healthy RTF grass lawn in Ottawa

Benefits of RTF Grass 

Hunt Club East Snow and Lawn believes that RTF grass is the best choice for your lawn based on the following benefits:

Resilient by Nature 

RTF grass is strong as a result of its rapid development of a deep root system. Its resilience also leads to:

  • Excellent tolerance of varying temperatures (drought & heat-resistant)
  • Grows well in any kind of soil condition
  • Resistant to insects and disease 

Grows in the Shade

Various types of sod are more prosperous than others based on the climate zone that they are planted in. The Ottawa area is located in a transition zone climate, to which RTF grass responds well. 

RTF grass can tolerate long periods of shade and will not brown out during summer heatwaves.  

Thickness and Colour

RTF grass grows in thick which leaves your lawn feeling soft to the touch and gentle on bare feet. This level of density also prevents weeds from rooting in your lawn. 

RTF grass presents nicely during the cooler months and returns to a rich green colour in early spring. 

Mowing RTF lawn after installation

Self-Repairing Sod

As mentioned above, rhizome stems spread throughout the soil. As a result, they quickly fill in damaged or open spots that might naturally occur over the years. 

This also means that RTF grass has a high tolerance for foot traffic

How to Care for RTF Grass 

Proper maintenance & care is still important to ensure the long-term health of your lawn. Luckily, RTF grass requires less overall maintenance than other sod/grass options.

Watering Your RTF Grass

Upon installation, RTF grass should be watered thoroughly to ensure that the root system can develop. Frequent watering is recommended until it is well integrated with the soil. 

Once it is well established less watering is needed to maintain its beautiful green colour. 

Mowing RTF Lawn

After installation, the first time you mow your RTF lawn should only happen once it is well established and the roots cannot be easily lifted from the ground. 

Mowing at least once a week will help maintain its health and appearance. 

Hunt Club East Snow and Lawn offers lawn care services across various Ottawa communities. Our highly skilled and experienced crews are equipped to help you with all your RTF lawn care needs!

Installing RTF Grass in Ottawa


Why Hunt Club East Snow and Lawn’s RTF Grass Is the Best Choice 

Before installing RTF grass, our crews work with your soil first to create a strong foundation for the sod to grow in. Our crews then place sod quickly and efficiently leaving your lawn looking fresh and amazing. 

The combination of RTF grass and our soil preparation allows your lawn to store more moisture than most. This means your grass will be greener during drier weather and you’ll spend less time and money maintaining it.

Contact us to learn more about our bio lawn services for RTF grass in the Ottawa area!