Grass stems

Asked July 28, 2019, 9:03 PM EDT

I have a year old hydro seeded lawn with 70 percent rye 30percent bluegrass. I noticed this spring I had a lot of brown stems in my lawn with no leaves. I fertilized my lawn with fertilizer program and straight iron. Can you tell me why I have stems with no leaves. I was told it comes from hydro seeding. Is this correct?

Mahoning County Ohio

1 Response

Hi -

Our turfgrass specialists say that the stems could be from the ryegrass. This is one of the disadvantages of seeding with many of the perennial ryegrasses. The stems are from the seed heads.