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question for the south..centipede grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The mayor, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 592

    Some of my family recently moved down south. They have centipede grass. I guess this time of the year the grass goes dormant. Their neighbor told them if you want a green lawn you need to plant rye grass. Is this true? if so do you use a slit seeder. They called be but I don't know anything on southern grasses.
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Rye is used as a winted groundcover in place of just having a dormant lawn. You seed rye grass and it grows nice and bright green then the spring heat comes and it is overtaken by the regular groundcover. When my dad bothered with planting rye he would just throw it on top using a broadcast spreader. Slit seeding would be better i suppose but its up to you.
  3. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Posts: 668

    Although Bermuda tolerates overseeding, centipede does not. The fertilizer you give rye will stimulate the centipede and make it susceptible to freezing. Rye growing on top of centipede holds winter moisture and causes disease on the centipede. Let your centipede lawn go dormant in November and take a break from mowing!
    This is not an original thought.....it is from a respected lawn and garden expert. i was told the same last spring by a turf grass specialist from UGA.
    thats good enough for me.
  4. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

    I'm with MMurp, take the winter off and enjoy your free time, I am.....
  5. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    I agree - no rye . Its like mowing lettuce this time of year. Some people even spray the grass with green coloring ! But most people in the South have accepted the fact that lawns look like doormats in the cold season .

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