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Old 02-27-2016, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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I'm here in Atlanta, GA and I'm doing a bit of landscaping around my yard. Ultimately, I'll plant Zeon Zoysia sod most likely, but in the mean time, I need something to put roots in the ground in the bare spots. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a quick-growing, but inexpensive grass seed from Home Depot or Lowes? I'm not looking for quality, just something somewhat green and with roots to hold back erosion.

Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:42 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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annual ryegrass will do the trick.

the roots will go down pretty deep and help aerate the soil and improve drainage as a nice side benefit.
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Old 02-28-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: NC
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yep, annual rye is what you are looking for
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:01 PM
 
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I put down Double Eagle grass seed last year which is a Perennial Rye. I went this route for 2 reasons. 1) its cheap, a big bag at home depot covers double what the other brands cover and is still cheaper. 2) It grows FAST, I was fighting crabgrass, after killing it all off I needed a grass that would germinate and grow quickly to rob any remaining crabgrass of sunlight.

In like 3 weeks I had a gorgeous lawn, grass seed was probably the cheapest part.

Help getting rid of Crabgrass
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Thanks for the inputs. Now I have to figure out if I should go with annual or perennial. This is definitely temporary, but temporary might mean a year before I can get sod in and let it start spreading.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:52 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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you want the annual/temporary.

you can save money and put down bermuda plugs instead of sod. The annual rye will die off in the winter so you won't have to kill it separately. It may not make it through the summer without watering, but you'll be watering the bermuda plugs anyway.
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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I'll revisit this topic instead of starting a new one. Progress is moving far slower than I intended. How well will perennial rye play with Zeon Zoysia? I have far more bare spots than I thought (I sprayed good weed killer this spring) and it may be a few years before I can put down new sod in some of these places so I'd like something quick and cheap, but I don't want anything to interfere with the spread of the Zoysia that's already there. I've also got a few places I plan to level by tilling, adding soil, then scraping level, and given the size and number of these areas, won't be able to sod them either.

Thanks again.
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Old 10-01-2016, 06:15 AM
 
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I think any rye you put down will be choked out by the Zoysa next spring/summer. If you're just looking to fill some spots throwing down some cheap rye should do the trick.

I accidentally sprayed a few areas of crabgrass with a full on killer instead of just a crabgrass only killer. Ended up with about 10 big dead spots on my lawn. I raked the area well, soaked the ground a bit, picked up about 5 bags of manure from tractor supply to lay on the spots and put some rye grass down. Spots were gone in 2-3 weeks.

My lawn was about 99% rye after ripping everything up due to crabgrass everywhere (previous owner).. Needed something cheap and fast growing, rye worked great! I just did some overseeding with turf type tall fescue from Siteone and hope to have a super thick lawn next spring
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Perennial rye is much better than annual rye, it doesn't grow as fast or tall, and has a much darker green color (I will never plant annual rye again). Even though it's called "perennial", it will behave like an annual here in the South, the heat of the summer will kill it, just about when your zoysia is greening up.
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