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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Planting and management tips for annual ryegrass


  • Mow at 1.5 - 2 inches.
  • In spring as warm-season grasses
    come out of dormancy, gradually reduce the height of the ryegrass by mowing
    it more closely and more often to encourage spring growth of
    warm-season grasses.


  • Fertilize using 1 - 2 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft.
    per year during the period of
    active growth (October - May).


  • Seed at 7 - 9 lbs. seed/1000 sq. ft.


  • Water regularly if rain is absent.
  • In spring, water deeply and less often
    to encourage the growth of warm-season
    grasses coming out of dormancy.

Special problems

  • Annual habit of growth; not for use as a permanent lawn

For more information, see the following sections:

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