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Winter grass

I live in Atlanta, GA and I'm planning to overseed my yard this weekend.  I currently have Bermuda grass that is dormant. What's the best winter seed to use? and what's the best way to start and keep it alive?



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Posted 2010-10-06T20:05:30+0000  by cwoodling cwoodling

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Hey Catherine. This is Ingar from Atlanta, and it is funny you ask this question because I just overseeded my Bermuda 2 days ago with annual ryegrass. I do it almost every year and when I do, there is not a yard that can touch mine all fall and winter. I recommend putting out 10 to12 lbs of seed per 1000 sq ft. and some 10-10-10 fertilizer. Annual ryegrass is quick to germinate and will die off in the spring when your Bermuda is greening up. I can’t wait to see your before and after pix, and I will post mine when my rye comes up. I hope I was able to answer your questions and thanks.


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Posted 2010-10-07T18:57:03+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL

Thanks so much Ingar. I'll let you know how it goes this weekend! Wish me luck.



Posted 2010-10-07T19:03:13+0000  by cwoodling

what is the process for over seeding? Do we have to aerate the lawn first?  Will this mean that we have to cut the grass year round?  I dont love the way the dormant bermuda grass looks but one benefit is you dont have to cut it year round.

Posted 2010-10-12T15:43:19+0000  by kimihar

Hey kimihar,

To get started you will need to get some Annual Ryegrass seed (10 to 12 lbs per 1000 sq. ft.), a broadcast spreader, and some 10-10-10 fertilizer. Be careful to not throw seed in your flower beds. The grass seed and fertilizer will have spreader settings on the back of the bag.

Typically when seeding a yard, aeration is recommended, but in this instance I would not recommend aeration because Annual Ryegrass can grow on concrete and with the freezing temperatures near, aeration would only un-insulate the roots of your Bermuda. I recommend aerating Bermuda when it is actively growing. Cutting grass year round is a drag, but when your Ryegrass comes up and your yard looks amazing, you will know that it was totally worth it. I hoped this helped and thank you for your questions.

Posted 2010-10-14T15:27:38+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL

After overseeding, what's the best way to keep the birds away.  We put down a decent layer of fertilizer, but the birds just keep coming by the flock!  

Posted 2010-10-21T20:31:38+0000  by michaelp

Hey michaelp.

Those birds can definitely be annoying. I had to deal with this before and what I did was, when I walked outside, they all went from the yard, into my trees. I went inside, got a frying pan and a wooden spoon and started wailing on the pan with the spoon. Five seconds later I did not have a single bird in my trees. The birds realizing that maybe I was a loose cannon, they never returned.

I found there are 3 things that birds don't like, people, noise, and those plastic owls that the Home Depot sells.

I don't expect you to stand guard all day shoeing off birds,so figure a way to make one of these work for you. I hope this helped and let me know which method you found affective.


Posted 2010-10-24T12:03:00+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL

I planted winter grass in the fall over bermuda sod. My winter grass has  come up this spring. It didn't die in the spring. Now my bermuda sod I paid bucks for doesn't seem to be growing at all. What did I do wrong? How do I get my bermuda to grow?

Posted 2012-05-19T15:18:21+0000  by deb72252
Hey Deb, Ont thing Winter rye grass hates and burmuda loves is nitrogen or urea. Spread 4 pounds of urea per 1000 should solve your problems. Remember to take into account the percent of nitrogen on the bag, so if your using 43-0-0 then you need to devide the 4# s that you need by the strength of the this case 43% or .43. So to get 4 pounds of 43-0-0 you will need to devide 4# by .43= 9.3 pounds per thousand square feet. Be sure to water in well !
Posted 2013-02-09T00:33:18+0000  by Dan1234

This is my annual Ryegrass lawn this year. It is over top of my Bermuda.

Posted 2017-05-21T18:09:01+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL
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