Rye Grass

Asked December 5, 2018, 7:28 AM EST

I played golf at the Rattlewood golf course recently and asked about the fairway grass because it was a nice dark green and plush. I was unable to talk to the superintendent but was told it was RYE grass. Is there of type of Perennial Rye Grass Seed that would be good for my lawn? I live in north central Howard County. Thank you.

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Perennial rye is overseeded by golf courses in the fall into their base turf species,because rye will look good and lush over the winter. But it will die out the next summer. It can't tolerate the heat or humidity and dies of stress and disease. At that point, the base turf species will look good and you won't notice the rye dying.

Having that much grass die does create a lot of plant mass (like thatch) that has to be removed in order for the fairways to look good. Dethatchers or other machines are used to rake out the dead rye.

This routine goes on every year on a golf course, but is something most homeowners can't and won't do. We don't have any perennial rye cultivars we recommend for lawns.
Tall fescue, which is the primary turf grass for home lawns, stays green for most of the winter usually, though not bright green.

ECN


Perennial rye is overseeded by golf courses in the fall into their base turf species,because rye will look good and lush over the winter. But it will die out the next summer. It can't tolerate the heat or humidity and dies of stress and disease. At that point, the base turf species will look good and you won't notice the rye dying.

Having that much grass die does create a lot of plant mass (like thatch) that has to be removed in order for the fairways to look good. Dethatchers or other machines are used to rake out the dead rye.

This routine goes on every year on a golf course, but is something most homeowners can't and won't do. We don't have any perennial rye cultivars we recommend for lawns.
Tall fescue, which is the primary turf grass for home lawns, stays green for most of the winter usually, though not bright green.

ECN