Drought resistance is an important characteristic of grass. The long roots of NutriFibre are able to absorb water from deeper layers in the soil, making the grass well resistant to drought.
Permanent meadows and pastures must be strong and drought-resistant. Thanks to its long roots, reaching depths of up to 105 cm, NutriFibre is able to realise both these aims. In this respect it is very different from perennial ryegrass, which concentrates its root system in the top 25 cm of the soil, making it less resistant to drought.
Extra cut in summer
The long roots of NutriFibre absorb water from deeper down in the soil in periods of little rain, when the top layer of the soil dries out. The sward consequently remains in good condition and better resistant to drought. Whereas perennial ryegrass will die during prolonged drought, NutriFibre will continue to grow in such periods, resulting in an extra cut in summer. The growth of weeds is moreover minimised because no bare patches form in the pastures during such dry periods.
Utilisation of minerals
On top of the advantage of drought resistance, the deep roots of NutriFibre also ensure more efficient utilisation of minerals contained in the soil, and hence minimal losses of fertiliser. The roots of the soft-leaf tall fescue are able to utilise the minerals down to a depth of one metre. In this respect they differ substantially from the roots of perennial ryegrass, which can utilise only the minerals from the top 25 cm of the soil. The soft-leaf tall fescue contained in NutriFibre is characterised by a deep root system, ensuring good resistance to drought and enabling the grass to take up fertilisers and minerals deep down in the soil.