The Best Grass Seed to Use for Quick Cover in Bare and Hilly Areas

img 1855 1024x768 The Best Grass Seed to Use for Quick Cover in Bare and Hilly Areas

When starting to seed a bare area the best grass seed to use for quick germination and erosion control is Rye grass, or a Rye grass blend.  Rye grass is used by the pros in commercial landscaping, and around homes to “start” a lawn, and it works particularly well on hills and areas that may experience run-off.  Rye has a quick germination rate, and will spread and anchor itself with a dense root system that grows rapidly even in acidic soil and soil with minimal organic material in it. When seeding new lawns Rye Grass is the perfect seed to use either in blends, or as a precursor to overseeding with another variety of grass. The root systems not only holds the soil in place for slower growing grasses to get a good start in germination, but they also store and bring to the surface any Nitrogen in the soil, which helps deliver nutrients to the smaller and newly developing root systems of the younger grass.

Why it’s A Match for Your Bare Patch:

  • It grows rapidly.
  • The root system prevents erosion, and anchors other developing grass seed.
  • It becomes a Nitrogen delivery system in the lawn.
  • It is low growing.
  • It suppresses weed growth as it spreads.
  • It is virtually pest and disease proof, and thrives even in areas of Nematode and bacterial damage.
  • It remains green in the winter.

How to Use Rye Grass:

When working with a preexisting lawn, simple overseeding in the lawn will suffice, and fill in areas prone to erosion.

In new lawns, use a seed mix with a high percentage of Rye grass in it.  All bagged grass seed lists the seed varieties and percentages on the side of the bag, and the higher the percentage of Rye grasses in a blend, the faster your new lawn will develop. Rake lightly the soil areas you are seeding and broadcast the seed across the lawn.  Once the Rye grass takes hold of the area you can overseed with another grass mix variety, or simply stick with annual and perennial rye seeds and have a solid rye grass lawn.

My Native Plant Spring Project



img 1326 My Native Plant Spring Project

I’ve been a little antsy for warm weather to start for some time, and this year I’ve converted a baker’s rack in my office at work into a greenhouse nursery for native plants to help me get a jump start on some habitat restoration goals I set for myself! This spring and summer I’m growing five varieties of Maryland native wildflowers from seed to begin a new wave of improvements in naturalized spots that I safeguard – many of which are in desperate need of beneficial plants, and a few aesthetic points!

The two Maryland counties that I work in require all developing properties under construction to set aside a fraction of their land as either virgin woodland, or designated  Reforestation Area.  Most of these Reforestation Areas in the suburbs happen around the borders of communities, or around sewer water retention ponds, and walking paths. At the initial time of construction, landscape architects develop these areas and fill them with native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses, and after a few years of healthy growth many of them take on a rather scruffy natural patina that many people enjoy as a contrast to the manicured lawns and gardens nearby. Like other areas after construction, Reforestation Areas are sometimes stripped of topsoil in the building and creation phases of a neighborhood, and little other than grasses end up surviving in the fill-dirt left behind. I’ve been working on and around several pockets of protected reforestation land for several years, and trying to strike a balance the desires of homeowners who want to visually improve the areas with their own garden plants, and the state law, which requires zero human interference here, and it can be a difficult balance to strike.

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