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Oregon Grown Perennial Ryegrass
The Perfect Choice for a Quality Northern Lawn
Oregon-grown Ryegrass is fast to
germinate: No grass can equal modern perennial Ryegrass in its ability to
rapidly produce thick, handsome, durable turf.
Ryegrass is the world's most widely
used grass and its ability to germinate in 7-10 days (even less
under ideal conditions) is legendary. A cool-season grass,
Ryegrass is widely used in northern regions for permanent turf and
for the overseeding of dormant turf in the southern United States.
is preferred by homeowners because it produces a dark green turf
which rapidly develops a strong root system, responds rapidly to
fertilization, never needs pampering and is not subject to disease
problems which plague some Kentucky bluegrasses.
Because Ryegrass does not creep, as do
some grasses, it is often combined with quality fine fescues and
bluegrass to produce fine turf with the advantages of genetic
Ryegrass performs in a wide variety of soil
types and will do well in clay or compacted areas which are not
subject to heavy use.
Ryegrass is especially popular for sports turf
and has been used in the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Coliseum, the
Super Bowl and on many of the world's finest golf courses.
Oregon Grown Ryegrass - A Versatile Grass
Available to the homeowner are numerous very
high quality, dark green, fine-bladed turf-type ryegrasses which
are marketed by brand name as well as Linn Perennial, a
"workhorse" variety which is lighter green and has broader blades.
The turf-type rye grass seed varieties are highly recommended
for uses where quality is paramount while Linn is a good choice
for less showy turf. Annual Ryegrass is used primarily for
winter-seeding dormant southern turf or where short-term rapid
cover is desirable
Ryegrass Seeding Rates
- Sown alone: 5-10 pounds per 1,000 square feet. The heavier
the seeding rates the thicker the turf.
- Mixed with Kentucky bluegrass or fine fescue: 3-4 pounds per
1,000 square feet.
- Where traffic is very heavy: 6-15 pounds per 1,000 square
- To maintain quality turf: Reseed annually at a rate of
approximately 2 pounds per 1,000 square feet
- Spring and fall application of an all-purpose fertilizer is
recommended. Best results come from nitrogen-based
"slow-release" fertilizers which release nutrients over a period
- When nitrogen is applied, recommended rate is 3-5 pounds per
year with half applied in spring and half in the fall.
- In some areas the application of phosphorous and potash may
- Ideal mowing height for Ryegrass is 1-1/2 inches.
- In shady areas a higher mowing setting is desirable.
- When given intensive care it will prosper when cut as low as
above provided courtesy of:
Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission
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