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Old 04-04-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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My front yard is a mess of weeds. I would be surprised if any actual grass grows there. We plan on doing some lawn renovation in the fall, but in the meantime, can I sow some rye grass and hope to have something resembling a lawn this summer? or is it only used for overseeding in the winter?
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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I have heard of mixing rye seed with a better seed for long term results.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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Annual rye grass would be toast by the end of May and perennial would likely not fair much better. It is a cool season grass, more so than fescue.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:57 AM
 
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Rye won't help here. It will germinate quickly but die quickly in the heat and humidity. As ugly as it is, wait for fall.

Frank
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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It's okay. It DOES work really fast. I've used it in smaller areas. Does well with lots of water or lots of shade. The only thinkg I dislike about it is that it stains your shoes or any clothes. So...it doesn't make for a nice play type yard.

I've used the seed kind (quicker) and the seeds in the blue mulchy stuff (slower, but heartier).
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Golf courses plant annual rye in the fall to keep the fairways green but like previous posters have mentioned, once it gets hot ryegrass is history.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have rye grass in my yard right now, and I swear that stuff grows a foot a week. It'll be gone soon though and my centipede will take back over. I will never plant rye grass in the winter again, as tempting as it may be.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: ITB Raleigh, NC
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The only use I have ever had for rye is to plant in my veg garden at the end of winter to till under before planting.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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I have rye grass in my yard right now, and I swear that stuff grows a foot a week. It'll be gone soon though and my centipede will take back over. I will never plant rye grass in the winter again, as tempting as it may be.
lol-I overseeded in October with Rye and Fescue and I am mowing 2-3 times a week at the moment but love having a lovely green spring lawn and don't mind mowing.
How short are you mowing?

Have a question too. I fertilised when I overseeded and then again end of Feb. Beraing in mind I have Fescue there too, should I fertilise again in a few weeks?
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