View Full Version : Does planting Rye harmful to my current lawn once it dies
11-07-2008, 03:34 PM
Just a questions for the pros. I usually plant annual rye every year and i was wondering if it has any adverse affects on my "summer" lawn?
11-07-2008, 06:13 PM
I am just guessing that you have bermuda grass and you are just wanting the lawn green during the winter. I see no harm in overseeding with annual rye for this purpose. The rye will start to die off about the time the bermuda is coming out of dormancy. This might make you lawn look scrubby for the first few mowing, but otherwise, no harm no foul. Another plus is that the rye will store nitrogen and release it to your bermuda lawn as the rye decays. ths prevents nitrogen from gassing off or leaching into our water ways.
11-09-2008, 05:07 PM
yes, it does damage the lawn...
rye is slightly phytotoxic to other grasses
11-10-2008, 09:26 AM
Well I'm to to sure what is growing in my yard all summer. I've never planted anything. When i bought the lot and built my house it already had grass. I live in southern louisiana so my guess would be st. aug. Its definatly not bermuda. I can't get that crap to grow for nothing hehe.
11-10-2008, 11:40 AM
[QUOTE=YardPro;2595942]yes, it does damage the lawn...
rye is slightly phytotoxic to other grasses[/QUOTE How??? Enlighten me.
11-10-2008, 09:20 PM
Check with a local golf course, they often overseed with cool season grasses so that the golfers have something to play on. Here in the midwest they sometimes overseed with annual rye on bermuda or zosia fairways. I haven't heard of any difficulty with overseeding, the warm season grasses often crowd out the cool seasons grasses during the summer. Good luck
11-11-2008, 09:08 AM
One of the biggest bonuses of over seeding with rye is the root mass. If you have compacted or heavy clay soils, rye grass root are very tough and go very deep.
The roots break up the soil and can go down as far as 3 feet, sometime more. This leaves a path for other grass roots to travel and it leaves the root as a nutrient in the soil as well
Corn farmers have used this tactic for many years in clay soils it works great
Now if you can use endophytic (inoculated with beneficial microbes) rye grass or pre germinate with a good inoculant yourself those benefits will stay in the soil on the root of the rye grass, they use the dead root for food and can keep very healthy colonies
Endophytic seed carries beneficial microbes that fight typical fungal disease in turf
11-12-2008, 07:19 PM
Endophytes also naturally resist leaf feading insects like chinch bugs
11-14-2008, 12:47 PM
The biggest problem with planting annual ryegrass is that you have to cut it often, normally every three or four days. It grows quickly, and if you mow it once a week, normally you are just laying the grass down and not cutting it.
My suggestion is to use a hybrid ryegrass. Lesco sells one, I think its called Double Eagle blend. It grows slower than annual, and you only have to cut it once every two to three weeks. The only draw back, it cost about 2-3 times more than annual.
Also when you do overseed, dont over do it. If you apply to much seed, during the spring green up of your normal turf. The ryegrass will shade out the existing turf, and you will get dead spots. For hybrid rye, use about 8-10 pounds per 1000 sq. ft.
Hopefully this will help.
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