Annual Rye Grass Seed – 10 lb

annualrye
$10.00

Shipping Weight: 10lbs

 

Seed Depth: 1/4in to 1/2in
Planting Time: Fall-Winter
pH: 5.5-6.5
Fertilizer: 16-4-8

Annual Rye Grass Seed – 10 lb

Annual Rye Grass Seed 10lb bag

Annual Rye grass seed is quick to germinate and is often used to over seed warm-season grasses. The warm-season turf is sometimes mowed lightly to allow the ryegrass seed to get good soil contact, but the seed is often just spread on top of the established turf and watered in. Annual Ryegrass is lighter green and slightly coarser than perennial ryegrass. Annual Ryegrass should disappear before it interferes with the growth of the warm-season grass. Warm-season grasses go dormant during the winter months and can be over seeded with a cool season grass variety to maintain green color and adequate quality. Ryegrass replaces millet as the cover crop used in late-fall and winter erosion control applications.

Annual Ryegrass is quick to germinate and is often used to over seed the warm-season grasses. The warm-season turf is sometimes mowed lightly to allow the ryegrass see to get good soil contact, but the seed is often just spread on top of the established turf and watered in. Annual Ryegrass is lighter green and slightly coarser than perennial ryegrass. It is also less heat-tolerant than perennial. Annual Ryegrass should disappear before it interferes with the growth of the warm-season grass. Warm-season grasses go dormant during the winter months and can be over seeded with a cool season grass variety to maintain green color and adequate quality.

Annual Ryegrass is one of the standard grasses used for over seeding. The best time to over seed the home lawn is mid to late October, but more accurately after the first frost. Annual Ryegrass is the fastest germinating and the least expensive. It grows quickly, especially during late fall and early spring. Water use rates are moderate and fertility requirements are low, maybe one to two pounds of nitrogen over the winter months. The recommended planting rate for ryegrass in overseeding applications is 50 lbs per acre for yards and 30 lbs per acre in pastures.

Ryegrass replaces millet as the cover crop used in late-fall and winter erosion control applications. Erosion control jobs include road shoulders, embankments, retention pond slopes, etc. These applications require blended seeds to be effective. The blends vary depending on the time of year for planting, and the planting zone. A typical blend will consist of Bahia, a quick-germinating host (millet or rye depending on the time of year), and Hulled Bermuda. At Wise Seed Company we custom blend our seeds for any application, and will provide guidance to help our customers meet any of their erosion control needs. Please call us at (863) 635-4473, and we will be happy to help formulate the ideal blend for your needs.

Soil Preparation/Planting:

There are a few steps that should be heeded during soil preparation and planting to insure successful germination, and healthy growth of seed.

First a soil sample should be taken and analyzed. Soil samples can be taken to a local Agriculture Extension agent, fertilizer plant, or private lab for analysis. The analysis will reveal the soil type, pH, and other factors. The analysis will allow the agent to make recommendations as to what will need to be added to the soil to make it ideal for the type of seed to be planted. Most seeds will do well within a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5.

A properly prepared seed bed is essential for successful planting. The area to be planted must be cleared of debris and all existing vegetation removed. The area should then be chopped or disced as needed to create an even fluffy soil.

The preferred method of planting seed is with a grain drill or culti-packer. This equipment allows for precise metering of seed and depth placement. Most people will not have access to a drill and will instead use a broadcast spreader for planting. The broadcast method will work well, but also requires the area to be rolled to insure proper seed-to-soil contact. In areas with very fine sand, light dragging is preferred to rolling. In any case, seed should not be buried more then ½ inch deep with ¼ inch being ideal.

Fertilizer can be applied at the time of planting. Consult with an Ag extension agent or fertilizer plant for proper formula and application rates.

For any other questions about specific planting methods, please call us at (863) 635-4473 and we will be happy to assist you.

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