By Paul W. Fitzgerald
The Marilyn Denis Show has endorsed it and so has an esteemed research organization here in Ontario. Now buyers from garden centres across Ontario & Quebec will get a chance to learn more about a seed that is growing in popularity from coast to coast at this year’s Manchester Products Buying Show 2011, a major event being held from October 3 to 5 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel (Toronto Pearson International Airport).
Called RTF Water Saver grass seed, this product is making heads turn as an exciting tool to help homeowners get that lush green and healthy lawn they desire. The new seed that was launched only this past spring is innovative on many levels with tolerance to insect pests and disease for the pesticide-free environment and a RTF lawn requires minimal water treatment.
While only a seed, homeowners and municipalities across Canada alike are hailing it as a beneficial and unique option in protecting and preserving our environment.
Owen Reeves, an esteemed gardening expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, just featured RTF Water Saver grass seed as a “must have product for 2011.”
“RTF Water Saver grass seed is certainly garnering a tremendous amount of attention,” says Ryan Streatch, National Agent and Spokesperson for RTF Water Saver.
He adds, “We knew there would be an immediate demand for the new product as many provinces have implemented pesticide and water bans. So far the feedback from consumers has been fantastic. “The growing trend of busy families and aging citizens has created a demand for high quality, low maintenance landscapes. RTF Water Saver grass seed helps achieve this ideal lawn.”
RTF stands for Rhizomatous Tall-Fescue – with a technology unlike traditional seed varieties – namely the R3 Factor (Rhizomes / Repairs / Rapid), and it thrives with less water, less fertilizer, and is pest tolerant.
Dr. Michael Brownbridge Ph.D., Research Director, Horticultural Production Systems at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, is conducting an independent two year evaluation of the new seed.
Dr. Brownbridge states, “Pest control starts with a healthy lawn.RTF Water Saver grass seed may have some unique properties that make it resilient to drought stress and pests.” He further adds, “These are great characteristics that can really help in light of the pesticide bans in several provinces, and will make a great foundation for a sustainable lawn.”
Pesticide and water use bans in many parts of the country make this an ideal alternative to traditional lawns of Kentucky Blue grass mixtures. RTF Water Saver seed establishes quickly and insect pests don’t like the bitter taste of the lawn. Dandelions won’t proliferate in its dense self-repairing turf. It’s also a water sipper, staying greener during droughts. These environmentally sustainable properties offer consumers improved value; it is easier and less expensive to maintain.
For government and commercial applications, it will mean lower maintenance costs because of less watering, fertilizing and repairing. Its ruggedness is perfect for areas that get a lot of foot traffic such as sport fields. It is suitable as a no-mow option for golf courses roughs or highway applications.
Lise LeBlanc, MSc, Algologist on high profile by Halifax Stanfield International Airport says, “We were extremely impressed with how quickly the RTF grass established and its dense consistent appearance at a height of no more than 7-10 inches. Everyone that visits our plant comments how it looks. No mowing, less water, less fertilizer, it all sounds great to me.”
DeWayne Diehl, Golf Course Superintendent, Louisville, Kentucky states “The more we neglect it, the better it looks.”
The scientifically designed and proprietary RTF Water Saver grass premiered nationally at the Landscape Ontario Congress Trade Show in January. It garnered tremendous response for an eco-friendly and cost effective new grass seed.
“Hundreds of buyers from across Ontario and Quebec will be at the Manchester Products Buying Show 2011,” says Streatch.“This is the annual expo for retail garden centres. I’m sure they will agree the RTF Water Saver traits help address new realities for sustainable lawns. A new and innovative product that helps reduce our environmental footprint.”
The new innovative seed is available at select stores and distribution centers Canada-wide. For more information visit the website www.RTFwatersavercanada.com
Paul W. Fitzgerald, who resides in Toronto, ON, Canada, is an international journalist. His work appears in a large number of newspapers and magazines around the world. Notable publications that have published his work include The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, The New Canadian, Dreamscapes, CNN-I Report, and EQ. He is also the Editor of Thursday Night Magazine.