Over-seed, awaken dormant lawns or thicken up sparse grassy areas
Ryegrass is an excellent overseeding option for Florida lawns in the fall and winter months, when warm season grasses turn brown or are dormant. Ryegrass is an annual grass that thrives in cool weather and helps keep your lawn green through the cooler seasons.
This ryregrass is an erect, robust cool-season bunch grass that reaches a height of 3 to 4 ft. Blades are yellowish-green at the base and have 12″ long glossy leaves ending with a vibrant green hue.
This species has a heavy, extensive fibrous root system. Annual ryegrass has small seeds (approximately 190,000 seeds per lbs.) that germinates rapidly. Seedlings quickly establish a ground cover and are very competitive.
For best results, plant in mid-fall or when temperaturs are consistently in the mid-70s. Suggested planting rates for pasture areas at 25-50 lbs. per acre or overseed lawns at 1-2 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
Gulf Annual Ryegrass is sold in 50lb bags.
Oregon Grown Rye Grass
Oregon-Grown Ryegrass is the Perfect Choice for a Quality Lawn
No grass can equal modern Ryegrass in its ability to rapidly produce thick, handsome, durable turf.
Ryegrass is the world’s most widely used grass and its ability to germinate in 7-10 days (even less under ideal conditions) is legendary. A cool-season grass, Ryegrass is widely used in northern regions for permanent turf and for the overseeding of dormant turf in the southern United States.
Ryegrass is preferred by homeowners because it produces a dark green turf which rapidly develops a strong root system, responds rapidly to fertilization, never needs pampering and is not subject to disease problems which plague some Kentucky bluegrasses.
Ryegrass performs in a wide variety of soil types and will do well in clay or compacted areas which are not subject to heavy use.
Annual Ryegrass is used primarily for winterseeding dormant southern turf or where short-term rapid cover is desirable.
In addition to improving fertility, annual ryegrass produces biomass that will increase the soil organic matter and fertility after the cover crop is burned down in the spring.
The high price of nitrogen has growers looking for way to be more efficient. Using annual ryegrass may provide 60-80 lbs/ac of nitrogen. This alone could more than pay for the cost of the seed and planting it. In addition, after several more years, Phosphorus may become available as P2 is transformed to P1.
Annual ryegrass is a vigorous seedling that quickly forms a cover to compete with winter annual weeds.
Increased Water Infiltration
The extensive and deep root system that annual ryegrass develops provides pathways for increased water infiltration.
Growers applying manure are being required to apply manure in a more environmentally friendly fashion. Using annual ryegrass could help keep the nitrogen in the soil profile and available for the crop the following year.