- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
About This Plant
Not recommended. A cool-season grass used as a turf cover crop in high-traffic areas like golf courses, ballfields, and some ranches. It is occasionally used in residential lawns; it works best with warm-season turf that goes dormant in winter, like Bermudagrass or zoysia (but NOT St. Augustine grass.) Ryegrass germinates and grows quickly, providing green color during the cool season, when warm-season turf grasses are brown.
Ryegrass dies out naturally after reseeding in spring. In a wet spring it may persist into April or May, competing with the underlying Bermudagrass or zoysia.
Watering to establish in November and (depending on conditions) as needed to keep it green. Regular mowing will be required in winter, since it grows quickly; set the blades at 2 to 2.5 inches.