winter rye grass - Knowledgebase Question

clermont, Fl
Question by ricky_rbrsn
December 10, 2009
my st.auhustine grass get's brown spots in the winter is it safe to put out winter rye grass seed to help my lawn look better, I live in florida


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Answer from NGA
December 10, 2009

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Most turfgrass specialists recommend you not overseed St. Augustine with winter rye. The St. Augustine will go dormant when the weather cools but will green up quickly when the weather warms. If you overseed, the rye will compete for nutrients and moisture and can actually cause more bare spots in your St. Augustine. Instead of overseeding, I'd recommend raking out and bare spots and taking plugs or sprigs from a healthy part of your lawn and planting them in the bare spots. Best wishes with your lawn.

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