Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by vipermanz, Sep 17, 2001.

  1. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is it around time to seed rye grass?, If so should i aerate and put a starter fert. down?:jester:

    i forgot to say this is for Alabama
  2. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think the weather temp. for rye grass needs to be consistantly under 85 degrees.
  3. I believe that ideal temps for rye will be between 65 and 70 or 75 degrees.
  4. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    alrighty then, what about the aerating & fert?
  5. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have never messed with rye, but would think that a core aeration would help to make a better seed to soil contact.;)
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    For sure put down a starter fertilizer and I would then go over with a verticutter. All an aerator does is gets air to the roots of already existing grass. If you do aerate, I would do so before you put down seed.
  7. Is this for overseeding, or for renovation? Renovation is a lot more complex that just aerating, throwing down seed and fert. Overseeding is a lot more simple.
  8. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    it will be overseeded
  9. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
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    I core aerate, put out starter fert. then seed.
    After seeding we rakein the plugs.
    Does anyone have a preference as to annual or perennial rye?
  10. Why not just rent a slit seeder from your local rental shop? That should do the trick for you. Then apply some starter fertilizer and you are set.

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