The Q&A Archives: New lawn

Question: I have built a new house and it is now ready to seed. I want to seed bermuda but was thinking of putting down some rye seed first to hold the soil and have a lawn now until I can seed the bermuda. Can I seed the rye grass now with the bermuda or plant rye now and bermuda later? And when would be best? I live in northern Mississippi.

Answer: Bermuda is a warm season grass and usually does much better when both the soil and the air temperatures are warm. Rye is a cool season grass and grows best in the cooler weather. Many gardeners plant both so they will have a green lawn nearly all year around. I'd plant rye now and bermuda in April or May. In September or October you can overseed your bermuda lawn with rye. As the bermuda goes dormant the rye will green things up. In April when the rye dies out the bermuda will green up.

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