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Pros and Cons to Rye Grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Firstclasslawn, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. Firstclasslawn

    Firstclasslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    I am just interested in hearing what everyone has to say about dropping rye grass down in the winter on customers yards, I am sure that you guys have some pros and cons so lets hear them, Thanks again
  2. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 911

    Perrenial rye is the predominate grass in our cool season climate with bluegrass and fescue taking up the slack. Makes for a beautiful lawn in these parts.
  3. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    don't know how Rye is down there, but up here i hate it. it's real nice looking but man it's a pain to cut. it doesn't cut clean very well or very easy. you have to get your mower tweaked just right to get it to cut real nice like it should. once you do that, it's a good grass LOL. it's stringy and sometimes thinner so it's harder to cut. you get stragglers/stringers and sometimes streaks and stuff. real pain. I think i finally got the Ferris setup to cut it good though.
    i guess it's a whole different ballpark down there though.
  4. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 361

    Once it comes in you can stipe it great, also more cutting which means more money for you.
  5. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 458

    Pro- You'll make a little money installing it

    Con- Your customers will be pissed next May or sooner.:angry:
  6. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    Why will the customers be pissed by May?
  7. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 458

    3 reasons:

    1.Improper installation
    2.Improper maintenance
    3.Improper transition technique

    Most guys around DFW do not know how to manage Rye in Bermuda. If your gonna sell a product and service I think you should know how to do it.
  8. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Posts: 554

    Mike can youn tell us how you do it?
  9. Firstclasslawn

    Firstclasslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    seriously Mike explain how to manage it please, Help us first seasoners out
  10. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Thats all I use in CT. A mix called Tri Rye. Cant tell the difference in a KB lawn, and a bit hardier and forgiving.

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