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Winter Rye Grass 
Overseeding FAQ's

October is the month to overseed your yard.  The following is a list of services offered and some tips on keeping a beautiful yard.

Why do you overseed?

Your bermuda grass will go dormant (yellow) in November, winter rye is planted to keep a green grass all winter long.  The winter rye will also protect your bermuda from being taken over by weeds.
What is involved in the overseeding process?

The existing turf is scalped (mowed to the dirt level), in some cases, dethatching is needed, perennial rye grass is sowed at a rate of 15 pounds per 1000 square feet, as needed, a light top soil is used as a covering over the seeds.   The top soil is generally not needed when planted in October. 
How much does overseeding cost?

$0.10 per square feet with a $100.00 minimum. 

What is dethatching?

When you mow, not all clippings make it in the bag which build up over time and become matted on the ground, dethatching helps to not only break that thatch up but breaks up the soil allowing for better seed to soil contact.  We encourage this process every 2 years. This service is available for an additional charge.

 How long does it take before the new grass comes in?

Generally, after about a week, you will begin to notice seedlings in patches. After 2 weeks most of the yard will have seedlings growing and at 3 weeks, the grass will have fully come in.  You may notice as it starts to get cold that you have some patches that aren't doing well.  It is okay to add seed to fill in those areas.
Does this process kill my bermuda grass?

No, this process actually protects the bermuda grass and allows it to come in even stronger in the spring.

Do I have to overseed every year?

Yes, the summer heat completely kills off any winter rye.

What is the watering schedule for the winter rye grass?

All irrigation systems are unique to the yard they are installed in.   A good rule of thumb is to keep the seeds wet without flooding.

First two weeks - 4-6 times per day (2 minutes to 5 minutes, enough to keep it wet)
Third week - 2 times per day (5 minutes)
Fourth week - 1 time per day (5-10 minutes)
After the grass has come in - 1 time per week (15-20 minutes)  or once per day for 2 to 3 minutes.

What's the difference between the expensive perennial rye grass and the low cost annual rye grass?

In a nutshell, the only good thing about the annual rye grass is it's cheap.

The perennial rye grass has been created to handle high traffic areas, maintain it's vibrant color, not stain as easily, and thrive even as it gets into freezing temperatures.

We use a Perennial Rye grass blend which is the same blend used on many of the golf courses throughout the valley.

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