Bermuda Grass vs Rye Grass in the Spring
Do you have a lawn that was overseeded with winter rye? It’s getting close to transition time from rye to Bermuda grass. But, viagra generic with the weather going from hot to cold to hot again, your rye grass lawn may still be growing. Here’s what you can do to keep it green for a little longer. Or,the other option is to speed up the transition process to Bermuda grass. Thanks to the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association for the below tips.
We are quickly approaching that number, you know, the one that represents what we will be dealing with for the next five months: 100. One hundred degrees is right around the corner and when that temperature arrives, our beautiful green, winter rye grass lawn says, “wow, I don’t like this,” and begins to brown out. But it is actually a good thing since we want our summer turf grass, Burmuda grass, to have a full 100 days of non-competing days to grow. In cooler springs, rye grass can linger, not allowing Bermuda grass access to light and resources like water and nutrients necessary to push out of winter dormancy. Here are a few tricks to either keeping your rye grass green a bit longer, perhaps in shaded areas, or how to encourage it to spontaneously combust, like it might do at 105 degrees:
Hold on to rye grass a bit longer…
- Raise mowing height in shaded areas, which reduces stress
- Water more frequently, not the most sustainable practice, but it may help for a few weeks
- Turf paint- your neighbors will never know
Come on Bermuda grass…
- Reduce irrigation, causing rye grass to burn out faster
- Drop mowing height, stressing rye grass once again
- Fertilize with a quick release nitrogen
- Use chemical burn-down products (applied by a licensed pesticide applicator) to chemically remove the rye grass
Remember, if you want to maintain healthy Bermuda grass, it is important to have a full growing season without rye grass in the picture. If you look at when the overseeding process begins in the fall (i.e. irrigation reduction and final drop of mow height prior to overseeding,) count back 100 days and that is the time you want to make sure to have the rye grass out of the picture. Wishing you happy and successful turf transitioning over the next month!
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Rye grass brown out in late spring