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winter rye grass

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by bradsmowing, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. bradsmowing

    bradsmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    Does anyone put rye grass seed down for there customers in the winter I have been doing it for 4 years make the lawns look great all winter long.
  2. I did it on a couple of St. Aug lawns last winter that have patchy CG areas.

    A lot of guys(mainly on the high-end homes) put it down on Zoysia and Bermuda lawns.
  3. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,638

    Easy service that you can make quick money at for sure. I have done it in the past and most likely do some this year again for patchy lawns.

    Just make sure you do not go too heavy as you main turf will be fighting for the same resources after it comes out of dormancy.
  4. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Also make sure you are getting paid for the extra cuts it will require during the winter.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,207

    And...be sure to offer (as an extra cost option), to kill the rye with a chemical in spring, so as to allow the bermuda and SA to recover easily, and without damage. I am 15 hours drive from you so I don't know the chemicals needed.
  6. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Really no need to do that, it dies very quickly as the temps rise in March and April.
  7. bradsmowing

    bradsmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    ya it dies off by itself i think it make the lawn for the winter time ill post some picture as soon as my lawn starts coming in
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956

    Is that both Perennial and Annual Rye that dies in March???

    Fl-landscape has both a slit seeder and a Hydro-seeder. In winter he has also planted Fescue in the winter. He should be back today from his frozen hunting trip in Maine. Maybe he will weight in.

  9. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

  10. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,133

    I plant gulf annual rye on bermuda and zoysia lawns, never SA.

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