Winter Grass in Florida

How to Keep Your Tampa Lawn Green in the Summer

There are basically two types of lawns in Tampa Bay during the winter. The brown lawns, and the lawns with winter rye grass.

Winter rye grass is an annual grass. If you moved to Florida from up north, this may look more like the grass you were used to seeing up north. It has individual blades that are green in the winter and does not have runners. It will only grow where you plant it, and won’t take over neighboring yards. It also can help control weeds that otherwise would pop-up while your regular grass is dormant.

If you want to plant rye grass, you can buy it at local home improvement stores. You will need about 10-20 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Depending on how much you need, rye grass typically runs about $1-$2 per pound. Spread the seed on your lawn in late October or early November.

Until germination starts, it is ideal to water the lawn lightly two or three times a day. Once the grass starts to grow, water the grass about one quarter of an inch daily for the first two to three weeks, except on days that it rains. After that, you only need to water lightly about once a week if it hasn’t rained. Once spring rolls around stop watering it so the ryegrass can die and your regular turf can take over. Don’t water you ryegrass too much, that can lead to diseases that can damage the grass.

Of course, you will need to mow your ryegrass during the winter, because that is when it grows. Don’t forget to fertilize your ryegrass to keep it healthy. Feel free to contact us if you want to fertilize your ryegrass, and keep your yard healthy all year long.

To have your lawn inspected contact Tampa Lawn and Pest Control today and we will be happy to assist you!

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