Annual Rye Grass Seeds

Annual Rye Grass

Annual Rye Grass Seeds, Lolium multiflorum, Annual Rye Grass

Annual Rye Grass is an easy to grow and attractive grass that also fixes nitrogen into your soil! Use for quick erosion control, cover-crop or plant in between grass plugs to keep the weeds controlled while your perennial grass is establishing! Annual. (Lolium multiflorum)

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Zones 3 - 10
Easy to grow
Good for Erosion Control
Soil Enhancer
Grow in the Lawn
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time Early summer
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Annual Rye Grass is a wonderful and easy to grow grass that is great perfect for quick erosion control or to fix nitrogen into your garden naturally! This grass is perfect to plant with grass plugs to have a full looking lawn while your plugs are spreading and since it is an annual, there is no risk of the grasses competing for space! It prefers moist soil and blooms May to June. It may reseed itself in some areas.
Associated SKUs
HAS6U05 (5 Pounds)
HAS6U25 (25 Pounds)
HAS6U50 (50 Pounds)
Common Name Annual Rye Grass
Botanical Name Lolium multiflorum
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 12-48" tall
Bloom Time Early summer
Grass Type Cool Season
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships As Seed
Coverage 5 lbs covers 27,225 sq ft.
25 lbs covers 3 acres
50 lbs covers 6.25 acres
Seeds Per Pound 217,000
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Easy to grow, Good for Erosion Control, Soil Enhancer, Grow in the Lawn
Additional Information Provides quick protection against soil, wind, and water erosion.
Storable Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Grass Seed Step-by-Step Planting Instructions

View Complete Grass Seed Planting Guide and Soil Preparation Guide

1. Preparing the area for planting. We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump-free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add Plant Success Granular Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant to improve seed germination.

2. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. Planting rates vary depending on the size of the seed:

Blue Grama Grass Hachita: seed 4 lbs covers 1000 square feet
No Mow Lawn Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 1000 square feet; 10 lbs covers 2000 square feet
Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 500 square feet,10 lbs covers 1000 square feet.

To make sure you’re spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking north to south and 1/2 of the seed walking east to west.

3. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth. We recommend using Yum Yum mix to amend your soil.

4. Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum depth of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, clean wheat or barley straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.

5. Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.

6. Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times -- the seedlings will be somewhat tender.

7. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

Remember: It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.


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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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