Planting Winter Ryegrass

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Some people have asked me if it would be good to plant winter ryegrass to keep the lawn green through the winter months. My answer is always the same. If the lawn is bermudagrass, then planting winter ryegrass will be fine for winter color. If the lawn is St. Augustinegrass, zoysiagrass or centipedegrass then it’s not a good idea.

These lawns tend to be too thick to allow the seed to get down to have contact with the soil and winter ryegrass produces a chemical that slows the growth of these grasses in the spring. That can create weed problems in the summer. The lawn going dormant for the winter is one change I’m happy to see. For one it allows me to decorate the front lawn without having to worry about mowing around all the decorations.