Do a google search on ' rye grass" and find the planting dates..
My recollection is that rye won't begin to germinate till the average
ground temp is below 70F or so... and that is right on the surface...
Rye is a cool weather grass. It will be green and need to be mowed,
all winter. It dies in the heat of the summer. In Texas , that is
and starts growing in November.....
Perennial will re-emerge with the cold weather. Annual stays
Sure, they sell rye in the stores in the summer, but they assume either
the customer knows not to plant it till fall, or that they will come
buy some more when it doesn't germinate....
Now, some of my points may be mis-remembered, but if you do the
google search and find out for yourself, you will have a lot of useful
Andy in Eureka, Texas
If you are living in a temperate climate I guess so. I colder climates it
becomes dormant and stops growing. The annual rye grass is in the mix for a
fast green up, assisting with appearance as well as erosion control. The
perennnial species is what becomes your lawn. Most mixes have these two
species as well as fescue of some sort and possibly a blue grass. Why are
you only planting rye grass?
Here in NJ my lawn, which is blue grass/tall fescue, stays green most
of the winter. It only goes off color soemwhat late Jan/Feb. Then it
quickly greens up by early April. In TX, that time should be longer.
I'm not sure that rye grass is any better at staying green than the
other cool season grasses. I also usually mow my lawn for the last
time in mid Dec to late Dec, as it's still slowly growing a one last
trim keeps it looking good.
But why are you planting any grass now, which is the worst possible
I'm only planting it under a few bare spots beneath my oak trees. I know
this is not the best time of year for planting grass, but it is coming up
and looks great. I just hate the thought of putting on a parka to mow my
lawn when it starts getting colds.
I mowed my lawn last Christmas but round here it's only in the 50s in the
winter (san Jose, CA). If its cold enough to wear a parka, the grass will
be dormant or nearly so and the growth rate will be very slow.
In central Alabama rye grass is green only in the spring. Annual rye
greens & dies. Perennial rye greens, dies, and comes back the next
spring. Rye is only used here as a temporary grass until a permanent
grass gets started.
I have a nice looking lawn, except for under my trees, don't know what kind
of grass it is though.
I've tried growing many other types of grass under those trees, and so far
rye is the only grass i've found that will grow in that much shade.
I'm in North Central Texas also... I've had no luck with rye in the
but I'm going to try your plan of planting it in the shade to see if it
up...... All the websites on rye say plainly that it won't germinate
weather, but if it worked for you, I'll throw a few handfuls out and
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