Annual Ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) is a cool season grass used as temporary turf grass for lawns in Austin, Texas. It is cold tolerant, easy to grow, and provides lush, fine textured, green lawn in Fall and Winter. Annual Ryegrass can be often described as an emergency turf to keep the lawn green during the cold season, ready for the holidays, while at the same time acting as a nursing plant that aids perennial grasses coming out of dormancy in Spring. This makes the Annual Ryegrass the king of organic turf management in Austin. On top of this, Annual Ryegrass is a natural way to improve organic weed control. It covers bare soil and absorbs excess nutrients preventing unwanted germination of other seedlings that eliminates the need for synthetic pre-emergent. The Annual Ryegrass root system is also able to cover a large area that alleviates soil compaction and decreases water movement, thereby lessening erosion. We have learned this through the years of exploring natural ways of managing local lawns. All in all, the use of Annual Ryegrass in Austin, Texas should definitely be part of every Austinite's organic lawn care arsenal.
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Normally, we end it here. But we decided to include other types of Ryegrass you should completely ignore if you live in Austin and the surrounding areas in Central Texas. This will save you time in researching because these types of Ryegrass generally do not grow within our zone. Of course, this is always subject to change based on climate change. Should you live in a specific area where temperature is cooler than usual, then the other types of Ryegrasses may work.
Other types of Ryegrass we do not have in Austin, Texas:
1. Wild Ryegrass
Wild Ryegrass is also called Elymus Triticoides in Latin. Some of the key identifying characteristics of Wild Ryegrass is that it has long flat or rolled leaves. This type of Ryegrass can be planted and used for groundcover and erosion control. Wild Ryegrass is native to western United States from California to Washington state and Montana.
2. Cereal Ryegrass
Cereal Ryegrass is also called winter rye or grain rye. Cereal Ryegrass is a wheat-like grain. Its seed weighs about 56 pounds per bushel and is larger than annual Ryegrass. Cereal rye is available in all parts of the United States.
3. Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium Perenne)
Perennial Ryegrass is widely used permanent lawn grass. It grows rapidly during fall and spring. Perennial Ryegrass is native to Europe and Asia.
4. Marshall Ryegrass
Marshall Ryegrass is famous for being a cold-tolerant type of grass. These grasses are easily established and it is used to protect the soil and to manage the weeds. Marshall Ryegrass is a variety that was released by Mississippi State, United States.
5. Italian Ryegrass
Italian Ryegrasses (Lolium Multiflorum) are now designed with winter hardiness because they are sometimes killed by winter. It is a winter annual that is exposed to cold climates to bloom and it has the process of continuous growth of different cycles each year to become mature before they harvest. Italian Ryegrass is native to southern Europe.
6. Intermediate Ryegrass
Intermediate Ryegrass from the word itself is one of the fastest turfgrasses that can be established. They are prone to milder climates, can tolerate a climate that’s not as hot but not cold either. Intermediate Ryegrass recommended use would be for grazing or hay/haylage production in northern Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
7. Festulolium Ryegrass
Festulolium is derived from a cross between either Italian or perennial ryegrass and meadow fescue or tall fescue. It is a combination of the high-quality type of ryegrass with good hardiness in winter, persistent and stress-tolerant from fescues.