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Annual Ryegrass

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Description: Annual Ryegrass is planted for only one season, hence the name. Commonly used as a transitional grass, it is reseeded over warm-season grasses in the fall to keep lawns green-year round in the south and northern areas of the U.S. were warm-season grasses are planted.

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  • Germinates and grows quickly
  • Has moderate durability
  • Low-cost
  • Can help keep warm-season grasses green year-round




  • Generally has a low tolerance to heat, drought, shade
  • Grows only once and then dies when it heats up
  • Needs ample water
Common Growing Region
Common Growing Region

Watering: Requires regular watering. For additional info on watering, see: Watering

Fertilizing: see: Fertilizing Tables

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Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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