Annual ryegrass

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by 1999frontier, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    How soon can I cut newly seeded annual ryegrass? I seeded on Oct 5(saturday) and we've had right much rain. Not a gully washer but good steady rain on and off. I noticed last Saturday(Oct 12) that it grew overnight. Right now its about 3" maybe even 4". I was trying to give all the seeds time enough to root but thinking I may need to mow it. It does look real thin bladed right now. Not sure I remember that in the past. I've always had annual ryegrass in the back but this year did the whole yard, then spring going to go with bermuda I think. Also, I normally cut it at about 3"-4", what do you guys mow it at? (those that have it)
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,737

    I seeded mine three weeks ago, first cut was 3 1/2". I mow it every third day now at 2 1/2" and it looks great. Seems the short often cuts keeps the blades upright. I have been watering every other day because we have not had any rain. EDIT: I over seeded rye on centipede. Not sure what type of grass you have but I wouldn't cut St Augustine as short as I cut mine.
  3. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,109

    Plant perennial...darker green and grows slower....annual makes for difficult mowing
  4. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,108

    Be a good idea to sharpen the blade before you cut it. Less will get uprooted. It is always thin when young. Blades will get wider with age, like the rest of us do.
  5. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    I was thinking about perennial rye but I wanted something that was going to die early for when I do something with bermuda, either sod or seed. I just bought a new Honda HRR216vka a few weeks ago. Used it twice.
  6. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,185

    lol That's the truth right there! :)
  7. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,545

    If you can't pull a individual grass plant out of the ground by tugging on it by hand then it is ready to mow. Keep the mower blade sharp and mow when it's dry (late afternoon) for best result's. I would mow as low as you can, but that's lot of work. This is bermuda, right? That grass can handle the low mowing but bermuda will be set back by overseeding. Expect the rye to hang around til early May, expect a spotty transition, but the rye will stripe up good for you.

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