what is ryegrass?

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.

Why choose rye

Ryegrass is preferred by professionals and 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 under appropriate conditions. Ryegrass performs well in a wide variety of soil types, including clay or compacted areas which are not subject to heavy use or foot traffic.

When to buy

For best results, buy rye seed and plant in mid-fall or when temperatures are consistently in the mid-70s. Determine how many pounds or 50lb bags of ryegrass you will need this season. Place your order online with Big Earth for in store pick up or delivery.

How much to use

We suggest the following planting rates when overseeding with rye:

Pasture Areas: 25-50 pounds per acre

Residential or Commercial Lawns: 1-2 pounds per 1,000 sq ft

Sports Fields: 3-5lbs per 1,000 sq ft

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Why Choose Rye?

Permanent lawns like St. Augustine, Zoysia and Bermuda go dormant in the cooler months, typically resulting in brown lawns. A lush, green lawn can be achieved through the fall and winter by overseeding with ryegrass. 

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