Seeds 4 Thought…Drew Kinder’s seed blog

Intrigue Chewings Fescue….A Natural Born Killer
August 1, 2007, 11:21 pm
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In a recent article, Science News reports that Intrigue Chewings Fescue has been discovered by scientists at Cornell University to have allelopathic characteristics, which is the ability to exude an unusual variant of a common amino acid that is fatal to at least 20 of the most common urban weeds (“Herbal Herbicides, Weed Killers manufactured by Mother Nature”, Science News, March 17, 2007). The roots of weeds “soon become deformed and stunted, and death quickly follows” after absorption of Intrigue’s unique amino acid, according to Science News.Dr. Leslie Weston at Cornell found that of the many fescues that exude the toxic amino acid, Intrigue Chewings Fescue stands out. “Intrigue generally keeps a planted field 95% percent weedfree (sic) without use of supplemental herbicides, Weston notes”.

In addition to its unusual ability to kill weeds, Intrigue also produces high quality turf. Based on the 1999-2002 National Fine Fescue test, we rate Intrigue “Very Good” for high, medium and low input conditions. It has a dark green color. (See the Intrigue Chewings Fescue “Stat Sheet” under the Products tab for more information.)

North of the transition zone, we recommend Intrigue for planting in shady conditions (less than 4 hours of direct sun daily) and for use as a 20%-40% component of a sunny lawn mix where chemical weed control is not desired or is prohibited.


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