How to Grow Grass in Winter in Georgia Pastures

Overview

Georgia winters are mild compared to winters in many parts of the country. Nevertheless, warm-weather grasses still tend to die back and look scruffy during the colder months in Georgia. Fortunately, there's a relatively easy way to solve this problem, although you'll need to follow this procedure every fall, just before the first frost in your area. The answer is winter ryegrass, and it can be grown in Georgia pastures all winter long.

Step 1

Rake your pasture with a thatching rake to remove as much of the dead thatch as possible.

Step 2

Fill a seed spreader with winter ryegrass seed and spread it over the pasture evenly, using approximately 20 lbs. of seeds per acre. Spread the ryegrass seeds approximately three weeks before the average date of the first frost in your area.

Step 3

Fill a manure spreader with weed-free manure, and spread the manure evenly over the the seeds approximately 1/4 inch deep.

Step 4

Sprinkle the area thoroughly with water, putting at least 1 inch of water on the pasture with the first watering.

Step 5

Keep the pasture moist but not soggy for the next 21 days, watering whenever necessary. If the pasture is to be mowed, wait until the rye is 4 inches high, and mow at 3 inches. The rye will die back when hot summer weather arrives.

Things You'll Need

  • Thatch rake
  • Winter ryegrass seed
  • Seed spreader
  • Organic manure
  • Manure spreader
  • Water

References

  • The University of Georgia: Annual Ryegrass
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.