How to Plant Ryegrrass in Florida


Ryegrass has dark-green, glossy blades. It works well as a turf grass and is used for golf courses, sports fields and other areas that receive heavy foot traffic. Although Florida homeowners cannot grow perennial ryegrass, they can plant annual ryegrass as a fall and winter ground cover. The optimal time for planting annual ryegrass for winter ground cover is October to November, though December is possible too.

Step 1

Mow your existing lawn with a lawnmower, cutting it as close to the ground as possible. Rake and discard grass clippings if your lawnmower does not automatically bag them.

Step 2

Rake your lawn with a grass rake, scratching the top 1/4 inch of soil so the new ryegrass seed can take hold.

Step 3

Amend your lawn grade by topping off valleys with topsoil or removing excess dirt from hilly areas. If you're satisfied with the grade of your lawn, skip this step.

Step 4

Sow ryegrass seed over your lawn, using 16 seeds per square inch, as Greenview Fertilizer advises. Scatter the grass seed with a mechanical spreader or by hand.

Step 5

Rake the lawn again to cover the grass seed lightly with soil, which will prevent the seed from washing away before it germinates.

Step 6

Water the newly planted ryegrass seed until the lawn is moist but not saturated. Water the ryegrass in this manner twice a day (in the morning and evening) until the seed germinates and grows a couple of inches tall, then water weekly.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawnmower
  • Grass rake
  • Topsoil
  • Ryegrass seed
  • Mechanical spreader (optional)


  • University of Florida: Annual Ryegrass
  • Texas A&M: Ryegrass
  • Greenview Fertilizer: How to Plant Grass Seed
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