Pennington Annual Ryegrass Grass Seed

Enjoy a fast-growing, vibrant temporary lawn with Pennington Annual Ryegrass. Annual Ryegrass is known for fast establishment and quick color. Whether you are looking for temporary winter color for a southern lawn or temporary support for a permanent northern lawn, this grass seed is the ideal choice. Plus, it is disease-resistant and can withstand foot traffic from friends, family and pets.

This grass seed will flourish in lawns that receive 6 to 8 hours of sun. Plant it in the early spring or early fall and see results within 3 to 7 days. This 20-pound bag covers up to 4,000 square feet for thin lawn support in permanent northern lawns and 2,000 square feet for winter overseeding.

While most grass seed companies buy their seed on the open market, we are the only major grass seed company that works directly with a network of dedicated growers. Built on decades of trust and integrity, our relationships with seed growers and their families now span multiple generations. Our legacy of working directly with farmers to bring you the finest grass seed possible helps ensure their success and ours. At Pennington, we know our seed and the farmers who grow it. From field to final product, that's the Pennington way.


Daily Light Required: 6-8 Hours of Sun

Sun Tolerance: Sun Tolerance

Shade Tolerance: Good

Grass Texture: Fine

Drought Tolerance: Good

Disease Resistance: Excellent

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent

Planting Zones: B, L, M, H, I, J, K

Recommended Planting Dates: Early Spring or Early Fall

Planting Rates:

  • New Lawns: 10 lbs/1,000 sq ft
  • Overseeding: 5 lbs/1,000 sq ft
Planting Depth: 1/4”

Germination: 3 - 7 days

Mowing Height: 3”


Planting Zones: B, L, M, H, I, J, K


Step 1: Prepare
For Bare Spots/New Lawns:
Remove debris, then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer.  

For Overseeding/Thin Areas:
Start by mowing existing grass as short as possible followed by removing debris.  Then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer.  

Step 2: Apply 
Apply a starter fertilizer at the manufacturer's recommended rate.

Step 3: Apply Seed

Spread the seed evenly using a drop, rotary or hand-held spreader according to the recommended spreader settings.  Rake gently to work your seed & fertilizer in through the soil.  

Step 4: Water

Keep the soil moist by watering daily as needed until grass sprouts and reaches about 3" tall.