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Fescue Grass

Combat Extreme™ Transition Zone Grass Seed three way turf type fescue grass seed blend that produces grass with fine to medium leaf blades which allow it to form a dense turf. This seed blend has lower growing cultivars. Combat Extreme™ is a great lawn seed for shady areas, something that warm season grasses cannot provide. This fescue grass seed blend produces grass with superior heat and drought tolerance and makes Combat Extreme™ grass seed an excellent choice for professional or home use.

Three Combat Blends To Optimize Varieties:

Each Combat Extreme mixture will perform well outside of the given zone. For example, there is no reason you could not use Combat Extreme™ Transition Zone in USDA Zone 8 or Combat Extreme™ Northern Zone in USDA 6. These USDA Zones are given as optimal guidelines, but not as fixed rules.

Unlike other turf type fescue grass seeds, Combat Extreme has the ability to repair itself. Traditional tall fescue grass seeds will clump together, not filling in the bare spots and producing an uneven lawn. With bare spots, weeds are more apt to take over the lawn. What makes Combat Extreme™ grass seed unique is its ability to fill in these open areas with aggressive tillering.

Our Combat Extreme Transition Zone is a blend of three premium tall fescue grasses including TitanRx, Titan Ultra and Titan Ltd. Some lawns are very pretty to look at, but can't be played on. Other lawns look real nice for a year or two, but after a season of wear and tear, or a hot, dry summer, or disease pressure, they prove to be simply too weak to survive. That’s not the case with Titans. The Titans are well known and valued for providing durable attractive turf, even when conditions are less than ideal.

  • For the Heat

    Titan Rx provides improved color, even stronger resistance to brown patch, heat, drought and winter, and increased rhizome growth. Titan Rx also has excellent shade tolerance and very aggressive tillers which makes a very versatile and robust variety of tall turf type Fescue grass.
  • For the Cold

    Titan Ltd. great cold performance for a beautifully dense and thick turf both now and later. This fescue is tough enough to face most anything you throw at it. Go ahead and stomp on it, run over it, kick or bounce on it. Land an airplane on it, or let your baby crawl on it. None of that is a problem for Titan Ltd.
  • The Classic

    Titan Ultra provides improved cold weather performance, darker green color, finer texture, increased disease resistance, and even better self-repairing ability. Titan Ultra is an ideal variety for use as a single cultivar throughout the Midwest and other areas where winter damage occurs in turf.

Impressive Fescue Grass Blend

We think the Titans are pretty impressive and believe that you will enjoy a Titan lawn. That said, we know it’s easy to make claims and promises - but can we back them up? The answer is YES! We are continuously testing our Titans and gathering data, photographs, and reports back from people like you.

Some of these reports come from the independent evaluation group called the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP); others come from different university studies and our own research trials. And just as important, we gain much insight from testimonials. For example, we “saw” the data years ago about Titan Ltd. being fast to establish. But it was really the reports from landscapers that were the most value. We kept “hearing” how Titan Ltd. seemed to pop out of the ground faster than other seeds. Now that’s proof!

New data!

2011 – Titan Rx added to the Virginia Turfgrass Variety Recommended List.

August 2011 - Rutgers University notes Titan Rx as having one of the best recovery ratings in its traffic tolerance test. See Rutger’s 2010 Turfgrass Proceedings chart for more details.

2009 – University of IL gives Titan Rx highest rating for shade tolerance at their dense shade trial in Carbondale, IL.

Combat extreme fescue grass


Titan Rx was developed to thrive in full sun areas with intense solar pressure, rapid moisture evaporation, and warm ground temperatures. It’s deep roots and dense canopy work in harmony to both prevent unnecessary water evaporation as well as capture moisture and nutrient deep down into the soil. In fact, studies have shown that tall fescue can put root down as deep as SIX FEET.


Shade tolerance is an important feature, especially for areas with mature landscape or near building where turf is desired on the shady side of the building. Titan Rx also has exceptional shade tolerance. In national turf trials conducted from 2006-2011 Titan Rx demonstrated that it could take shade better than most all other tall fescues. Out of 113 entries, including many popular varieties, Titan Rx had the second highest score! (see chart)

Turf Quality Under Shade, Carbondale, IL 2007-11
Variety Quality
Top Score 7.2
Titan Rx 7.1
Rebel IV 7
Shenandoah III 6.4
KY-31 6.2
Falcon V 5.5
LS 1200 3.6
lsd 0.7

Heat Tolerant

It’s one thing to have a very hot day. It’s another thing to have a stretch of days where both daytime and nighttime temperatures are oppressive. Cool season grasses, like tall fescue, do not perform well in these situations. In order to survive, they must protect themselves. All energy is put into survival. Shallow-rooted species and weaker varieties simply don’t make it.

Titan Rx is different. While still a cool-season variety, Titan Rx finds a way to survive, so that went the hot spell is over, there are more plants left in the stand to regrow. And thanks to its self-repairing rhizomes and aggressive tillers, there is even more chance that bare spots will naturally fill in.

Here’s Proof. In 2010, At a research site in Griffin, Georgia 113 tall fescue varieties were being evaluated. That summer was one for the record-books, with over 40 days of temperatures above 90F! While all plots were set back and went into survival mode, many could not take the heat. An extended dry hot fall still didn’t make it easy for plots to recover. By December of 2010, the differences were clearly visible. See photos below.

Titan Rx, however, had high plant counts and good density. In fact, it was one of only a small minority of plots, out of the 113 NTEP entries, that maintained their density and quality. By the next May the real results showed themselves: many varieties were still showing damage, but Titan Rx looked great! Heat tolerance makes a difference!

  • TitanRx Fescue Grass Plot 1

    June 2010

    Prior to the Summer of 2010, all 113 entries looked pretty good.
  • TitanRx Fescue Grass Plot 2

    December 2010

    AFTER the summer and extended warm fall, Titan Rx (plot on right) still looks good; but others have literally been burned out.
  • TitanRx Fescue Grass Plot 3

    May 2011

    By the end of the following May, Titan Rx (plot on right) really shows the benefit of heat tolerance. Note other plots now look very clumpy and have large bare spots.

Cold Weather Performance

Trial data from Wisconsin and Minnesota shows that not all tall fescue varieties are equally adapted to colder climates. In fact, some tall fescue varieties can suffer significant winter kill and/or be severely damaged by diseases such as pink snow mold (a potentially turf-killing disease). However, with Titan Ultra, cold climate lawns are significantly less susceptible to both winter kill and pink snow mold damage.

Winter Performance – 2007-10 NTEP Trials
Variety Pink Snow Mold
WI 2008
Percentage Winter Kill
WI 2009
Pink Snow Mold
MI 2010
Highest score 8.0 8.3 5.7
Titan Ultra 8.0 15.0 3.7
Shenandoah III 6.7 50.0 3.0
Rhambler SRP 5.0 38.3 2.7
Falcon V 5.0 25.0 3.3
Firecracker LS 4.3 36.7 2.3
Lowest score 3.0 70.0 1.3
Lsd value 2.1 29.4 2.3

Rhizomes and Recovery

The Titans have a reputation similar to what Timex® had with its classic watches. They can “take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’!” There’s some genetic qualities that simply make these grasses get back up and live when others varieties either die or take longer to recover from damage. Whether that damage comes from hard play, intense disease pressure, pets, drought, cold, or other sources, there’s a good chance that your Titan lawn will come out looking good.

So why is that? What’s so special about the Titan grasses?

First of all, as mentioned before, the Titans just come from hardy stock. It’s like trying to answer the question, “Why are the McCracken’s always so strong”, or “How come all the Morses can throw a ball so hard?” It just is! Secondly, the Titan’s have something that only a few other tall fescues have, an extensive rhizome system. These horizontal underground stems or "rhizomes" spread out to bare spots and send out new shoots and roots which aid in quicker repair and the ongoing thickening of the turf stand. Sometimes tough play, a neighborhood dog, or some bad disease may come through and wipe out a few plants, potentially leaving your lawn with bare spots. So even when your Titan lawn gets knocked around some, the rhizomes constantly act as self-repairing tools, ready and willing to create new plants when needed. Rhizomes and Recovery In Action.

Rhizomes and Recovery In Action

  • TitanRx Fescue Grass Plot 1

    October 4th, 2009

    After "X" made with Roundup.
  • TitanRx Fescue Grass Plot 2

    June 6th, 2010

    Recovery and Fill-in begin.
  • TitanRx Fescue Grass Plot 3

    October 23rd, 2010

    Titan Rx recovers lost ground!

Titan Ultra Tall Fescue - Rhizome Research

Virginia Beach, VA - Seeded Fall 2009

Rhizome research

At time of seeding (Fall 2009), a 10” cap was placed in the center of each plot to create natural bare spot. By June of the following year, the plots were established and plants were begining to fill in the spot. In November of 2011, significant growth into the bare area is clearly apparent.

*While this research was conducted to determine the spreadability of Titan Ultra, it is always recommended to re-seed bare spots that are more than 3 inches in diameter, as many bare spots are quickly filled in with weeds.

Titan Ultra Has Even More!

While Titan Ltd had impressive rhizome producing ability, Titan Ultra has even more. Titan Ultra plants were selected for more aggressive, faster producing rhizomes, as well as aggressive tillering. Tiller is a process where plants produce more leaves and expand their base above ground. Both tillering and rhizome production help expedite the recovery process should bare spots occur.*

*A note about bare spots: There are many reasons why bare spots occur. Some of these are poor soil conditions, lack of moisture, chemical applications, underground restrictions, etc. Some of these reasons limit the ability of grass to grow, or to survive for any length of time. Amending soil or change in management practices are recommended in these cases. Also, larger bare spots are best reseeded, so as to reduce the chance of increased weed infestation.

Titan Rx’s recovery is so good it was recently noted as having one of the best recovery ratings in a traffic tolerance trial at Rutgers University. See Rutger’s 2010 Turfgrass Proceedings for more details.

Traffic Stress Recovery Trial -- Rutgers University 20101
Variety April 28, 2010
After 190 Days2
May 14, 2010
After 206 Days2
Top Score 48.30% 81.70%
Titan Rx 45.00% 73.30%
Titan Ultra 38.30% 71.70%
Faith 33.30% 68.30%
Turbo 30.00% 60.00%
Kentucky 31 53.30% 56.70%
Sidewinder 21.70% 45.00%
Lsd 11.80% 13.40%
Percent Recover 0-100%
1Selected Data. Complete trial data available upon request
2Plots were subjected to traffic stress in October 2009

What Makes it Pest Resistant?

Pest Resistance and Titan Go Way Back

Back in the late 80’s, the original Titan fescue was one of only a few groundbreaking grasses to have its own natural, safe pesticide called endophyte. (In fact, even the Washington Post ran a story on it!) This non-toxic insect deterrent has continued to be a key component in every generation of our Titan grasses. Over the past two decades the value of endophytes in grasses continues to be realized. Researchers have found that endophyte not only deters insects, but also helps reduce weed infestations and recovery from drought. Endophyte is very valuable. In fact, within the past five years, endophyte infected grasses have been used as part the nation’s airport system to defend against bird collisions with planes!

The Way Endophytes Work is Very Cool!

While living off its grass plant host, endophytes produce defensive chemicals - alkaloids - that are toxic to enemy insects. One effect of these toxic alkaloids is that the plants taste bad. This causes insects to spend more time moving and less time feeding, thus making the insects more vulnerable to predators and pathogens. Newly hatched larvae and nymphs also are more prone to starve in endophytic lawns. Additionally, endophyte-infected plants produce lower amounts of aromatic compounds that are known to attract insect pests. In other words, in addition to tasting bad to the bad bugs, endophytes may actually “hide” their host from certain insect enemies. Is that cool or what?

Critters That Hate Endophyte

If you don’t want these guys around, make sure you have endophytic grass on the menu!:

Insect Damage Control
Lawn without endophyte grass destroyed by insects
  • Annual bluegrass weevils
  • armyworms
  • bluegrass billbugs
  • chinch bugs
  • hairy chinch bugs (these must be the chinch bugs ugly cousins!)
  • black and bronzed cutworms
  • greenbug aphids
  • bluegrass and larger sod webworms
  • cranberry girdlers
  • vagabond crambus
  • Japanese beetles
  • southern masked chafers
  • clover mites
  • winter grain mites
  • Crionemiones sp
  • Heliocotylencheus spp.
  • Hoplolaimus galeatus
  • Pratylenchus spp.
  • Longidorus sp.
  • Xiphinema sp.

Reasons to Love Endophyte

  1. Effective against above ground insect pests, as well as below ground insects and plant-parasitic nematodes.
  2. Increases summer performance and tolerance to drought and heat.
  3. Helps plants better compete against common weeds and dicots (including crabgrass, dandelions, plantain, and clover).
  4. Enhances disease resistance by maintaining plant health.
  5. Increases the range of environmental adaptation.
  6. Increases seed survival, germination, and establishment.
  7. Improves performance in poor quality acidic soils and soils with low phosphorus content.
  8. All natural and does not diminish over time; reduces the need for frequent pesticide treatments.

What you can do:

  1. Plant endophyte-enhanced grasses like Titan Rx, Titan Ultra, Titan Ltd, TLC, and TLC Plus.
  2. In blends and mixes, make sure that at least one or more of the components has a high level of endophyte. Research has shown that even some endophyte in a turf stand reduces insect populations and damage.
  3. As appropriate, promote overseeding of Kentucky bluegrass mono-stands with endophyteenhanced perennial ryegrasses. Research has shown that even slice seeding 1-2 lbs/1000 sq. ft. of endophyte-enhanced perennial ryegrass into an existing Kentucky bluegrass stand reduces insect damage. Overseeding in the fall will help provide resistance to billbugs, chinch bugs and sod webworms the following year.

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"The seed worked excellent! The area currently looks beautiful. I purchased this home from the bank after it had sat vacant for a year with no lawn care or water during a drought period. I expected to have to sod the entire yard as the ground was compacted red clay and the existing fescue was all but dead.

"However, I had spent so much money on the house I decided I would first try over‐seeding the yard with Titan Tall Fescue… We utilized it on some very hard red South Carolina clay soil and added a layer of mushroom compost.

"After about a week and a half it began to sprout… The results were absolutely amazing (and right now) the yard still looks good. It’s been around 100 degrees for the past couple of weeks… We would certainly use it again and, in fact, plan to.

"[Two years later...] The grass was the envy of the neighborhood when we sold the house in late May of this year. In fact, I'm sure it helped to sell the place."

GB, in Simpsonville, SC
"It did a lot better in the heat than the Bermuda." JL in Portsmouth, VA
"Excellent! My grass this year is thick, healthy and durable. Very happy with your product." Mark in NJ

"Over the past 5 years it has "performed very nicely".

ER in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

"I'm taking the liberty of sending the attached picture of *my fescue patch*...I think you will be able to see how shaded the area is and how lush the Titan fescue is. I purchased from Cooper Seeds in Lawrenceville, Georgia...We are pleased with Titan. We use it in our back yard, which is heavily shaded. It has performed well, including some very dry conditions. I think that it is worthy of note that these photographs were shot in July, which is generally one of the hottest months of the year in the deep South."

HA in Birmingham, AL

“It has been a few years ago since I reseeded…the grass has been very good. It is much slower growing than the neighbors grass and it is very hearty. Excellent overall.”

Andy, Cincinnati

"The seed is performing well. I planted in my backyard inside a fenced area that contains 2 dogs. The grass is holding up well to the wear and tear it is exposed to from my dogs. Also, the back yard has a steep grade and the grass has served well to grow in that environment."

MB in Bridgeport, WV

"…this spring people would say that I had the prettiest grass in town and was beautiful, thick and green."

Jeff in Decatur, AL

"I have a small front yard that needed to be planted after a tree removal this past Winter. Titan was highly recommended and we couldn't be happier with the results. Seed was purchased at Oakland Nursery here in Columbus, Ohio. The gentleman who recommended Titan made no bones about it ‘Titan is the BEST’.

"We were forced to plant on Memorial Day and were warned by neighbors & friends that there was ‘no way’ we would get good results this late in the year. Not with the Titan seed apparently :) I've noticed a few of them walk or drive by and stare with jaws dropped.

"After the first week, temps have remained in the 80s-90s, but this stuff just shot up and looks GREAT. I still can't believe how good it looks after only 20 days...I just gave the yard it's first (high) cut and it looks outstanding. [June 2010]

"Lawn looks very good...Considering how hot this summer has been it has held up really well especially compared to our neighbors.[August 2011]"

JR in Columbus, OH

"It has worked out very well. I replanted half of my lawn with titan two years ago, over seeded with it last year, and finally filled in some spots this spring. I am very happy with it thus far."

KL in Mission, KS

"We have been very pleased with our lawn. Except during the very dry season of summer, the lawn remains green and lush. We get many compliments on the lawn. It has been almost four years since seeding and still no problems."

DK in Sandusky, OH

Titan Fescue is incredible. I used water crystals 2 inches deep in the soil; in conjunction with the germinating instructions and the grass is doing great.

Sheldon in Chisago City, MN

“It is the only tall grass that survives in our hot Atlanta climate without watering”

HJ in Atlanta, GA

"I found it to be very good with color and growth…I trust and recommend your product to my neighbors and friends. I find your product to be more effective than any of the other name brands!"

JL in Pikesville, MD

"It has grown very well. I have used it to slice seed and to fill bare spots."

Eddie, Licking County, OH

"Titan has performed extremely well."

Bill in Charlotte, NC

"It was a pleasure meeting you today. I hope you were impressed with my lawn, I sure am! I am a true believer in your product ... There are a total of 5 other neighbors that have planted Titan due to the success I have had, and they are all well pleased with the results."

Gary of Louisville, KY

Starting A New Lawn/Repairing Bare Spots

Ideal Planting Time: The best time to plant is late summer, early fall, or spring. If seeding at other times, be prepared to touch up thin or bare spots as needed.

Seedbed and Soil Preparation: Some lawns may need other soil amendments such lime. It is best to conduct a soil test prior to any new seeding. Till the soil approximately 6 inches deep. Level with garden or landscaping rake. Surface may be firmed by rolling or soaking, then re-raking till level. Leave top 1/2 inch loose to allow seed to be worked into soil.

Fertilization: Prior to or right after seeding, apply a starter fertilizer to help proper root development. Continue using a systematic fertilizer program to maintain a healthy lawn.

Seeding: Sow seeds evenly at 7-10 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Rake lightly into soil. No more than 1/8 inch of soil should cover seed. Use a roller or other means to firmly pack the seeded soil.

Covering: Use blankets, pelletized or paper mulch, or straw to hold soil moisture and hasten germination. Baled straw may bring in unwanted weeds; use with caution.

Watering: Do not allow soil to dry out. Keep soil moist with frequent light watering until seedlings are visible. After lawn is established, water as necessary.

Suggested Spreader Settings
Type New Lawn Overseeding
Scotts’ Broadcast-type 18 7.5
Scotts’ Drop-type 16 9.5

*Follow recommended seeding rate and adjust spreader settings to ensure proper coverage.

Overseeding An Existing Lawn

Lawn Preparation: Mow lawn to 1 inch and remove clippings. Dethatch with a power rake or hand rake smaller areas.

Seeding: Sow seed evenly at 4-6 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Work seed into existing turf by raking.

Watering: Keep soil moist with frequent, light watering until grass is established.

Mowing: Follow normal mowing practices when grass reaches 3 to 4 inches in height.

Maintaining Your Titan Lawn

Mowing: Maintain mower height between 2 to 3 inches, never remove more than 1/3 of the grass plant with each mowing.

Weed Control: It is very common to see new weeds when planting a new lawn or disturbing the soil. For new lawns, wait 6-8 weeks before using any herbicide. For existing lawns, the best weed control is to maintain a healthy lawn by regular fertilization, proper mowing, and watering as often as necessary.

Self-repairing turf
  • Fills in open areas in the lawn by means of tillering
  • Knits the lawn grass together
  • Quickly fills in damaged or open spots with new shoots of grass
Strong, deep root system
  • Ability to draw its moisture from a deep profile
  • Excellent drought and heat tolerant with less irrigation
  • Excellent in the transition zone climate
Produces a thick even lawn grass
  • Ability to repair itself through tillering– repairs open areas within a lawn
Excellent color and disease resistant
  • Withstands stressful weather conditions
  • Holds its rich green color, even through winter’s low temperatures
Rapid germination and quick spring green-up
  • Quickly establishing grass seed
  • Early spring green-up – have a greener lawn earlier in the spring then other grass seeds
Higher value for the home owner than conventional tall fescue grass seed
  • Ordinary tall fescueleafed ugly clumps" of tall fescue plants in open areas.

Blending fescue grass seed varieties together that have top performance on some of the desired characteristics allows the lawn to adapt itself to various conditions. In the shady areas, the grass seed varieties with good shade tolerance will prevail, in the high traffic areas the best wear tolerant grass seed varieties will prevail, etc. The result is a beautiful lawn grass everywhere, from the same seed blend.

Combat Extreme™ fescue grass seed sets a new standard for home lawns. Not only does the Combat Extreme™ tall fescuell ever need! In our opinion, this is the best grass that we carry (for durability and hardiness) and the best turf type fescue blend on the market today!

  • New turf: Sow 8 - 10 pounds Combat Extreme™ grass seed per 1,000 square feet or 320 - 400 lbs/acre for broadcast seeding
  • Over-seeding: Sow 4 - 5 pounds tall turf type fescue grass seed per 1,000 square feet or 160 - 200 lbs per acre for broadcast over-seeding
  • Planting: Plant turf type tall fescue grass seed when soil temperature reaches 55 degrees in spring up until a minimum of 6 weeks before frost in fall

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