Keep Your Lawn Green Longer with Winter Rye in Dallas

October 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Landscape Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Are you concerned that your yard will turn to patches of brown, dead grass in the coming months?

Are you looking for a way to keep your lawn green through the Texas winter?

You’re in luck. Maintaining a happy, healthy, green lawn in Texas through winter is completely possible.

Even though most native grasses turn brown and remain dormant during the winter months, there is an alternative option: over-seeding with winter rye grasses.

Winter rye grasses are commonly incorporated into yards for their quick growing ability as a cool season turf. And when spring returns and the temperatures rise, as they always do, winter rye in Dallas will go dormant and allow your original grasses to flourish once more.

Other than their quick growth and ability to thrive during the colder months, winter rye grasses are praised for their horticultural power known as allelopathy, or the ability to inhibit and influence the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of surrounding and competing organisms. In short, Dallas winter rye grasses are natural weed suppressers.

If you choose to over-seed your lawn this season with winter rye grass, it’s important to get the timing right.

For winter rye grass seeds to properly establish themselves in your lawn, they need to be planted at a point when daytime and nighttime temperatures vary at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit. For North Texas and the DFW-Metroplex, October and November fit the bill perfectly.

Why do winter rye grasses need this specific variation in temperature to prosper?

To achieve maximum foliage and root growth. When temperatures drop below 50 degrees, as they often do on fall evenings and nights in Texas, the blades stop growing, and the grass focuses all energy on absorbing necessary nutrients through the roots. When temperatures climb back up during the day around 65-70 degrees, the blades begin to grow again.

Interested in winter rye grass for your lawn this fall and winter? Contact Keane Landscaping, the premier landscaping company in Dallas, today to get in touch with one of our experts.


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