How to Overseed Rye Grass


Rye grass (or ryegrass) is a cool season turf grass native to Europe, Asia and Africa but grown worldwide. This low-maintenance turf grass grows widely in the United States and is commonly used (along with bluegrass) in sports fields. All lawn need overseeding after a few years because grass gradually gets destroyed by disease, weather and use. Overseeding rye grass creates a new young lawn on top of the older, weakened one, which keeps your home looking neat.

Step 1

Mow your rye grass with your lawnmower set to its shortest setting in the early fall. Collect and discard grass clippings.

Step 2

Rake the entire lawn with a grass rake after you mow. This loosens the soil so that new grass seed can germinate. Rake back and forth over the stubble to expose the soil. Grass seed needs to be in contact with soil to germinate so you must rake over all the stubbly grass to expose dirt.

Step 3

Apply your grass seed with a mechanical spreader. Use the seed application rate suggested on your package of grass seed.

Step 4

Water the new grass seed until the lawn becomes moist but not saturated. Water the seed daily in the morning and evening so the soil remains moist until the new grass seed germinates. If the seed dries out it will not germinate properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawnmower
  • Grass rake
  • Mechanical spreader
  • Water


  • Yardener: Overseeding Lawns
  • Penn State University: Ryegrass
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