Grass types

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial Ryegrass is a species of grass that creates a beautiful lawn, and its quick germination makes lawn establishment easy.

For lawns that have Perennial Ryegrass, it is recommended to overseed at least every year to keep the lawn thick and prevent any excessive clumping.

Advantages of Perennial Ryegrass include:

  • Rapid germination (3 to 5 days)
  • Good wear and tolerance for high traffic areas
  • Entophytic cultivars deter insect feeding. Endophytes are fungi that live inside the perennial ryegrass and produce compounds that are toxic to insects
  • Resistant to the devastating disease Necrotic Ring Spot
  • Reflects light better than most grasses, giving it an attractive shine
  • Well suited to cooler areas

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Disadvantages of Perennial Ryegrass include:

  • Tends to grow in clumps if not overseeded regularly
  • Old cultivars have poor cold tolerance and can die in Winter. New cultivars have significantly better cold tolerance
  • Tough grass blades can shred when cut with a dull mower. The shredded leaves cause the lawn to appear fuzzy
  • When used in a mix with other slow germinating grass species, the quickly germinating Perennial Ryegrass tricks the lawn owner into reducing the watering because they think the germination is complete. This can result in the slow germinating species never getting established 
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