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Overseeding rye before winter.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I have seen quite a few yards that look very very good from a distance. When you get close, you can see the regular brown grass, and what I think is rye, is growing taller then there original lawn. Is this a popular winter method? Do any of you overseed or hydroseed before winter?
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220


    The proper way to it, is to scalp the last cut of the season, the put out winter rye.

    here in texas it gets too hot durring the summer so we have to put it out each year.

    Done correctly it's a wonderfull, and it keeps me cutting all winter long
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,452

    When it turns cool in the fall you cut the grass down to the ground, rake it up and bag. Then you spread the seed and start the irrigation 3 times a day for about 5 days and it will germinate. Then you put fertilize on it monthly until the late spring and the rye will burn up when it gets 90F. If you want to get rid of the rye quicker in spring Lesco has chemical to knock it out. Not so popular any more in our area because it take water and TExas is starting to save water.

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