Lawn

Perennial Rye Grass Seeding

Monday, November 01, 2010
Preparation:
  1. Stop irrigating established Bermuda/hybrid lawns at least 10 days before planting perennial rye grass seed.
  2. Kill all weeds in lawn area 10 days before planting perennial rye grass seed.
  3. Mow lawn area at lowest setting 3 to 5 days before planting perennial rye grass seed.

Installation:
  1. Seeding should be done between October 1 and November 15, or when the soil temperature at a depth of 4" is above 63 degrees F.
  2. Purchase seed at a rate of 1 pound per 75 square feet of lawn area to be covered and buy 10 to 20 % extra for any touch ups that may be needed.
  3. Use a hand broadcast spreader, a push broadcast spreader, or a drop spreader with the opening set at half the recommended rate for rye seeds. Broadcast seed in two directions (i.e. North / South and East / West).
  4. Inspect lawn area for uniform coverage of seed, and if necessary, add seed to bare spots.
  5. Cover seed with composted cow manure or Treeland Nurseries composted mulch at a rate of 1 cubic foot of topping per 100 square feet of lawn area.
  6. Spread New Lawn StarterTM or equivalent fertilizer at manufacturer's recommended rate over lawn area.
  7. For the first 10 to 14 days, water lawn area 3 to 6 times a day for 2 to 4 minutes each time. KEEP SEEDS MOIST, BUT AVOID STANDING WATER AND RUN-OFF!

Maintenance:
  1. After 10 to 14 days, water lawn area, as needed, for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Turf RoyalTM or Ammonium Phosphate should be applied at a rate of 5 pounds per 1000 square feet to the lawn area 2 to 3 weeks after seedling emergence. Water lawn area immediately following fertilizer application.
  3. The first mowing of perennial rye grass should be done with a rotary type mower set between 2.25" and 2.75" height. For reel type mowers, set the height to 1.5" and mow lawn area when grass is 1/3 higher than mower setting.
  4. Use Turf RoyalTM or Ammonium Nitrate on a regular basis throughout the cool season to maintain health and color of rye grass.

Spring transition:
  1. When nighttime temperatures reach the lower 60's, stop feeding perennial rye grass.
  2. When nighttime temperatures reach the upper 60's, lower the height of the mower.
  3. Continue to water lawn area on an as needed basis.
  4. When nighttime temperatures reach the lower 70's, Turf Royal™ or Ammonium Phosphate should be applied at a rate of 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. to the lawn area. Water lawn area immediately following fertilizer application.