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Annual Ryegrass

When your lawn project calls for quick color and fast establishment, count on Pennington Annual Ryegrass. Whether you need temporary support for a permanent northern lawn or temporary winter color in southern lawns, this annual grass is an ideal choice. With one of the fastest germination and establishment rates of any grass type, annual ryegrass delivers quick dark green color, fine texture, short-term erosion control and stability as permanent lawn grasses become established

  • Best for a temporary, seasonal lawn
  • Fast seed germination and turf establishment
  • For use in full sun to lightly shaded areas
  • Ideal for overseeding Bermuda, Zoysia and other warm-season grasses
  • Penkoted for seedling protection

New Seeding
Prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of 4–6 inches. Conduct a soil test to be sure your soil has the proper nutrients it needs for a healthy lawn. Apply fertilizer and lime at the recommended rates. If you are unable to conduct a soil test, apply lime and a complete lawn fertilizer according to the recommended rates on the packages. Work lime and fertilizer evenly into the soil, then rake the soil surface smooth to give the seed an ideal bed in which to establish healthy roots. Sow the grass seed by evenly spreading according to the recommended seeding rates. Rake, harrow or otherwise work the seed into the soil ¼” to ½” deep. Keep the area well-watered until the seeds germinate and the seedlings have grown sufficiently to establish a lawn, then water as needed.

Overseeding or Reseeding
Before overseeding, it is important to prepare the soil. Conduct a soil test to be sure your lawn has the proper balance of nutrients. Fertilize and lime if needed. Mow or clip the existing grass as closely as possible. Remove clippings and rake, harrow lightly or aerate the soil where there is existing lawn. This will allow the new seed to make contact with the soil. Sow the seed and gently rake to cover. Keep the lawn moist until seedlings are established, then water as needed.

Undesirable Lawns
Rid your lawn of undesirable grasses following the steps below so that you can establish a desirable lawn:

  • During any growing season, spray the established undesirable turf with a nonselective herbicide labeled for lawn use. Follow the directions on the label.
  • After the lawn turns brown, continue with your seeding program as outlined above. Be sure to start with a soil test or a complete lawn fertilizer.

Improving Bare Spots
Mow your lawn closely, then remove leaves, dead grass, etc. Rake, harrow lightly or aerate the bare spots to prepare the seedbed. Conduct a soil test to be sure the soil has the proper balance of nutrients. Fertilize and lime if needed..

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Seed Planting Zone

Daily Light Required: Full sun to light shade (6-8 hrs sun)

Sun Tolerance: Very good

Shade Tolerance: Moderate

Grass Color: Dark green

Grass Texture: Fine

Drought Tolerance: Medium to low

Disease Resistance: Excellent

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent

Planting Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12

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: No more than 1/4”

Germination: 7-21 days

Mowing Height: 3”


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