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Ryegrass Seed - Annual & Perennial

Ryegrass seedRyegrass seeds were brought to the USA from Europe and ryegrass is planted throughout the country as cool season lawns, pastures and turf. These bunch grasses consist of two basic types; annual and perennial. Each type of ryegrass is planted as a pure strain or used in grass seed mixtures depending on the specific lawn, pasture or turf use desired.

Ryegrasses are adapted into lawns mainly for their fast growing ability as a cool season grass and is sometimes referred to as winter rye grass. Perennial ryegrass is a permanent lawn choice in cooler climate areas, and annual  ryegrass is seeded yearly and lives for one season as a winter rye grass.

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Ryegrasses ( both annual and perennial) can be grown on their own in the northern states for lawns. In many areas of the country, largely because this grass is so versatile, it is incorporated in grass seed mixtures with other grasses.

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Both Perennial and Annual Rye grass can provide a green winter lawn overseeded on warm season grasses that go dormant in the fall/winter. Ryegrass planted on newly seeded lawns of cool and warm season grasses ryegrass acts as an erosion barrier while the permanent lawn develops. Ryegrass also provides any area with an almost "instant" green coverage. This green coverage is the chief purpose for planting annual ryegrass. Ryegrass clippings mown and left on the developing lawn as it grows, providing extra nutrients as the ryegrass decomposes.

Bright green, fast growing, and prolific; the ryegrasses do much for lawns by adding contrasting color to early spring flowers, trees and shrubs as well as nutrients.

Annual Ryegrass Information

Annual Rye grass is one of the most popular seeds sold for lawn and pasture purposes and is planted all over the world on it's own and in numerous grass seed mixtures. The adaptability of this cool season grass to many soils and climates coupled with fast germination and prolific growing rates make annual ryegrass an important grass type in establishing thousands of lawns and pastures in all but the hottest of planting zones.

Annual ryegrass is exceptionally useful as a fill-in grass when planted with slower growing permanent lawns. 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 grass areas. In warmer regions, ryegrass lawns may require watering, fertilization and more frequent mowing.

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, 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. Annual Ryegrass is fast germinating, quick growing and requires low to medium fertilization.

Annual Rye Grass Is Eco-Friendly

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Annual Ryegrass is a compatible growing medium when planted with any vegetation where needed. Annual ryegrass is very beneficial to areas that are infected with nematodes which are almost impossible to get rid of except by heavy chemical control. A natural and inexpensive resolution for this infestation problem, annual ryegrass is ecologically friendly. Yearly planting of this ryegrass 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.

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 annual ryegrass 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 for quickest establishment. Note that 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 costs!

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 traffic tolerant 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 the cooler regions of North America. Perennial ryegrass is planted as permanent turf or lawn grass and to overseed warm season grasses while they are in winter dormancy.

Perennial ryegrass seed is also mixed with other cool season grasses to provide more density to the dominate grass in the mixture. Perennial ryegrass seed is often added to Kentucky bluegrass seed to add strength and give bluegrass time to repair while the perennial ryegrass 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 may require more fertilizer, the perennial ryegrass will respond to additional amounts without any damage.

Turf Quality Perennial Ryegrass Seed Blends

Perennial Ryegrass seed blends such as the Champion GQ, Clubhouse GQ or Pennington's Perennial Rye Grass Blend are widely planted and are excellent choices for lawns in the cooler regions of the USA. They are also popular with Turf Agronomists for overseeding of quality Bermuda lawns, golf areas and sports fields in more Southern state locations during the winter months. Most Golf Course greens today are overseeded with Perennial Ryegrass for primary winter cover. Note: Centipede lawns should NOT be overseeded with Perennial Ryegrass, but instead use Annual Ryegrass.

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Annual Ryegrass For Pasture & Farm Use

Ryegrass Pastrure SeedAnnual ryegrass certainly must be considered a staple in the farming and ranching business. Ryegrass is used in so many useful ways to benefit pastures or farm lands --  providing quick growing short season forage, hay, green chop, green manures, erosion control, weed control, and so much more.

PASSEREL PLUS ANNUAL RYEGRASS FOR PASTURE  - Highly rated Forage Ryegrass! Read about Passerel Plus Pasture Ryegrass along with Data Reports. Passerel Plus annual ryegrass is inexpensive, easily seeded, established and harvested, this grass is a number one seller worldwide.

Another popular annual ryegrass, Gulf Annual, is planted as 'row crops' in agricultural fields from berry fields to corn fields as well as orchards. Annual ryegrass is row cropped with all kinds of crops to keep down weeds and provide early coverage, shade for some crops, green fertilizer when mown and returned to the soil, wildlife crops, and when left to maturity it will partially reseed for the next season -- although not as dense as the first year of planting.

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 ryegrass varieties for pastures.

Perennial Ryegrasses For Pastures

Ryegrass Pasture SeedPERENNIAL RYEGRASS PASTURES are highly digestible and a favorite of all grazing 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. A 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. Ryegrass 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 achieved 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 (if possible) before seeding evenly at the heaviest rate recommended, rake again if possible and lightly mist to keep seeds in place. Do not use excessive force as this will move seeds into uneven clumps. Watering helps increase germinating process.

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