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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Dec 28, 2015 4:15 PM CST
I ordered new grass seed to replace zoysia we had and put it down in October. With the unusual warm fall and winter the grass flourished and grew. But it's almost January and still as green as Summer and growing almost as fast. Even my neighbors grass hasn't grown this fast. My house is the greenest in our neighborhood! I'm worried it's going to grow even in snow and that won't be good! Here is a photo and the seed I used.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 28, 2015 4:30 PM CST
I don't know a thing about rye grass but LOL, it sure doesn't look like what I'd picture a N.Y. lawn to be this time of year; looks more like here in Florida! We're still having to mow once a week which I did today ... we've been 15 - 20º above normal temperature wise the past two months. We broke another record today with a high of 84º but a cold front is headed our way so we should get back to normal. This coming weekend our highs are supposed to be in the mid 60's which is more like what it should be this time of year.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 28, 2015 4:32 PM CST
So Keith it looks like you may need a few head of cattle next Hilarious!
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 28, 2015 6:13 PM CST
I wouldn't worry, it will slow down or stop growing altogether as soon as you get a spell of cold weather. Coming soon, I do believe . . . it does take a while for the ground to cool off, after the weather cools, but it will.
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NJBob
Dec 28, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Let us know how it survives as a lawn, never heard of using it for that purpose. It is a pasture grass for animal feed.
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porkpal
Dec 28, 2015 7:48 PM CST
I don't know about your area, but here that would be a winter grass mix designed to tolerate cold and then die back when the temperatures rise in late spring.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Dec 28, 2015 7:54 PM CST
NJBob said:Let us know how it survives as a lawn, never heard of using it for that purpose. It is a pasture grass for animal feed.


Pretty damn good so far LOL. Tolerates low mowing, foot traffic, urine, drought, shade, sun, bugs.
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Dec 28, 2015 7:56 PM CST
porkpal said:I don't know about your area, but here that would be a winter grass mix designed to tolerate cold and then die back when the temperatures rise in late spring.


It wasn't as fast growing in warmer weather but still held up great. I'm curious how it will do too!
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MollyMc
Dec 29, 2015 3:33 PM CST
Keith, you definitely need a cold spell to slow that growth. We are all in an unusually warm winter. But fear not, the Farmers Almanac says it will soon be back to normal and your grass should stop growing for the winter.
Name: charles
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papa
Jan 3, 2016 9:10 PM CST
Yes Keith that is winter grass most people here use it in combination with Bermuda grass for summer and ryegrass for winter to have a green lawn year round you have to reseed it every year as the summer heat will kill it but by then the Bermuda is green and growing.
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DavidLMO
Jan 3, 2016 10:32 PM CST
Rye grows very fast - regardless when planted. Yours is over 75 %. I wonder though, why in hell they would put Red Clover seed in a lawn mix? That is absurd. OIC - I expanded the pic!!!!

That is a pasture mix for grazing cattle. Which raises another question. Why did you choose this particular mix? Green Grin!
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Jan 4, 2016 12:02 AM CST
DavidLMO said:Rye grows very fast - regardless when planted. Yours is over 75 %. I wonder though, why in hell they would put Red Clover seed in a lawn mix? That is absurd. OIC - I expanded the pic!!!!

That is a pasture mix for grazing cattle. Which raises another question. Why did you choose this particular mix? Green Grin!


They said its drought,cold, and traffic tolerant 😀
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drdawg
Jan 4, 2016 6:45 AM CST
It is a winter-growing grass mix, Keith. Take a look at some pictures of the "Blue Grass" of Kentucky this time of year. Those fields/lawns are absolutely beautiful. The huge horse farms up there take great pride in the appearance of their winter-growing, rye grass.
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