How to Plant Rye Grass Seed


Rye grass is a quick-sprouting grass that does well in sunny areas but prefers cool temperatures. Because it greens up when other grasses typically start to yellow, this grass is often found in grass seed mixtures. You can also buy rye grass seed by itself, to create a new lawn in cool weather or for over seeding (adding new rye grass seed to existing lawns). The seed is very easy to grow as long as weather is cool enough and the seeds get enough moisture.

Step 1

Test your soil with a soil-testing kit or take a soil sample to nurseries or extension offices that offer testing. Ideal pH for grass seed is between 6.00 and 7.00. If your soil falls above or below these numbers, you'll need to add substances to create an ideal pH.

Step 2

Loosen soil by raking it lightly with a garden hose. You don't have to till it, but the seed will be more likely to stay put if you rake the soil. This is true even if you are simply over seeding.

Step 3

Use a handheld seed-spreader to sow the seed (unless you have a very large area to sow, in which case, you should invest in a traditional spreader). You'll need five to ten pounds of rye grass seed per 1,000 square feet. You can broadcast seeds without a spreader, but it is easier to sow seed equally over the yard area if you use a spreader.

Step 4

Mist the seeds with a sprinkler or by gently spraying the yard with a garden hose. Be careful to water them gently so they don't wash to one area.

Step 5

Keep seeds moist through daily watering. Once they start sprouting you can ease up on the frequency of watering, depending on your climate. In very dry climates, you may still need to water every day.

Things You'll Need

  • Rye grass seed
  • Hand-held seed spreader
  • Garden hose with sprinkler


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