Read more about Gulf Annual Ryegrass
Annual Rye grass is one of the most popular seeds
sold for lawn and pasture purposes and is sown all over the world
for planting on it's own and in mixtures too numerous to mention. The adaptability of this cool season grass to
many soils and climates coupled with fast germination and prolific growing rate make
this grass an important factor in establishing thousands of lawns and pastures in all but
the hottest of zones.
As a fill-in grass on slower growing permanent lawns annual ryegrass is
exceptionally adept. Ideally suited for short term seasonal use in areas reaching
below the transition zone, annual ryegrass is a great fill-in to create green grass on new areas. In warmer regions, ryegrass lawns may require watering, fertilization and mowing quite frequently.
ANNUAL RYEGRASS is a cool season grass generally used as a temporary planting for overseeding warm or cool season
grasses. Its uses are many, including temporary pastures,
green manure's, temporary coverage for erosion control, short term use on reclamation
sites, parks, new lawns, and along highway shoulders. Annual ryegrass may be seeded with other grass mixtures, legumes, clovers and small grains. Fast germinating, quick growing and requires
low to medium fertilization.
Annual Rye Grass Is Eco-Friendly
A compatible growing medium with any vegetation where needed.
Annual rye is very beneficial to problem areas that are infected with nematodes which are almost impossible
to get rid of except by heavy chemical control. Natural and cheap for this infestation
problem, annual ryegrass is ecologically friendly. Yearly planting of this rye grass seed ahead, behind, or with crops known to be a
nematode favorite would certainly be cost effective. Annual ryegrass is easily removed
from any area through heavy grazing, mowing or turning under before the seeding stage.
Maybe this should be the number one grass of the new millennium? A non-aggressive, vigorous grower, furnishes nutrients back to the soil, forms an erosion soil basis for stability, highly digestible, beautiful color, dies off when you need it to without chemicals - makes its a winner!
Ryegrass is one of the few "throw and grow" seeds that can be sown without the hassle of tilling, scarifying, or digging into the soil and destroying any of the permanent
ground covers already in place. Plus if the weather helps out by raining just before
sowing then you practically have it made. Otherwise watering the yard and applying
fertilizer before or after sowing are the main two steps in fastest establishment. The
trick to sowing any seed is to get an even coverage in conjunction to sowing the correct
amount to achieve an even lawn appearance as the grass fills in.
And to get the seeds to make "soil contact" for
germination to occur.
One of the best ways to get rid of those winter "blues" is a spot of annual ryegrass "green" and some early spring bulbs. Beautiful mental picture with very little money!
Perennial Rye Grass Information
PERENNIAL RYEGRASS LAWNS are
one of the best lower maintenance lawns of the cool season grasses. This is one of the
toughest and most wearable turf covers that can be grown. Ryegrass is noted for quick
germination, shiny green color, fine texture (newer turf type varieties) and dense forming
sod. High disease and insect resistance helps to make perennial ryegrass one of the
leading choices for lawn and athletic covers in north America. Used as permanent turfs and
in overseeding warm season grasses while they are in winter dormancy.
Perennial is also mixed with other cool season grasses to provide more density to the dominate grass in the mixture. Perennial ryegrass is often added to Kentucky bluegrass to add strength and
give bluegrass time to repair while the perennial is in full growth. These two grass
species can be mown at the same height and retain a sod density for which both are well
known. Although bluegrass needs more fertilizer, the perennial will respond to additional
amounts without any damage.
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Perennial Ryegrass seed blends
such as the Professional
Select (Pro Select) or Pennington's Perennial Rye Grass Blend, can be grown on their own for lawns in the northern
regions, and are widely used as a mixture with permanent grasses or in new lawn establishment.
They are also popular with Turf Agronomists for overseeding of quality
Bermuda lawns, golf areas and sports fields in more Southern state
locations. Most Golf Course greens today are overseeded with
Perennial for primary winter cover. Centipede lawns should NOT
be overseeded with Perennial, but instead use Annual Ryegrass.
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Annual Ryegrass For Pasture Uses
Annual ryegrass certainly must be considered a staple
in the farming and ranching business. Ryegrass can be used in so many useful ways to
benefit pastures or farm lands in general. From providing quick, short season forage, hay,
green chop, green manures, erosion control, weed control, and so much more.
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easily seeded, established and harvested, this grass is a number one seller
worldwide. Annual ryegrass (Gulf
Annual) can be used from berry fields to corn fields, row cropped
with all kinds of products to keep down weeds and provide early coverage, shade for some
products, green fertilizer when mown and returned to the soil, wildlife crops, and when
left to maturity it will partially reseed for the next season on a lesser scale of production.
Do Not Plant Ryegrasses Developed For Lawn Use In Pastures!
Due to the potential for Ryegrasses in pastures
to have the possibility of producing higher than desirable Endophyte production of toxins, you should only plant ryegrasses that have a known history of safe use for forages such as
Passerel ryegrass seed or Gulf Annual ryegrass seed. Some of the newer
improved perennial ryegrass varieties for lawns often contain
Endophytes and are NOT suitable or recommended for pasture
use. Plant only forage type varieties for pastures.
Perennial Ryegrasses For Pastures
PERENNIAL RYEGRASS PASTURES are highly digestible and a
favorite of all animals. A valuable winter and spring grazing crop that can be overseeded
onto additional forages or used alone lengthening the pasture season. A fast growing
multi-use forage crop requiring minimal tillage and competitive enough to make a place for
itself. Compact growing habit reinforces the ground and gives a perfect erosion base for
pastures with heavy traffic or in the case of heavy rains or snow meltdown it helps
keep the livestock out of the mud as much as possible.
Perennial ryegrass is fast germinating, grows prolifically, and can be grazed heavily. Many varieties have been developed and are in "prescription" mixes or in stand alone crops for complete
pasture and hay production. The ryegrasses are well known for being companion grasses in
mixes of fescue, clovers, timothy, orchard grass and many other pasture crops. The
ryegrass is usually first to germinate and grow in while the others are developing.
Perennial rye is used to overseed many warmer season pastures that may go dormant or are
growing slower due to cooler temperatures. This is one of the most diversified grasses
used in the forage industry for permanent and semi-permanent pastures.
How To Overseed With Ryegrass
OVERSEEDING Since annual and perennial ryegrasses are
used in overseeding many areas the best stands are still the ones with a small amount of
input. Rake or remove all debris (this helps scratch the soil for better soil contact),
fertilize as suggested (slow release is actually the best and easiest), water lightly
before (if possible) seeding evenly at the heaviest rate recommended, rake again if
possible and lightly mist to keep seeds in place. Excessive force will move seeds
into uneven clumps. Watering helps increase germinating process.
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