Annual Ryegrass Organic

Annual Ryegrass Organic

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With its dense roots, Annual Ryegrass Organic penetrates even hard packed soil to introduce oxygen and water pathways that can be used by other plants when it dies back at frost. Its foliage loads up with carbon and nitrogen, which is then released to the crops that follow. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Lolium multiflorum. With its dense roots, Annual Ryegrass Organic penetrates even hard packed soil to introduce oxygen and water pathways that can be used by other plants when it dies back at frost. Its foliage loads up with carbon and nitrogen, which is then released to the crops that follow. This fast growing grass is prized for use as silage as well as weed suppression. It is easier to germinate than other cover crops, simply requiring contact with moist soil (in dry periods it should be sown only 1cm (½") deep). It makes an excellent temporary lawn, or it can be combined with other cover crops, including harder to establish clovers. In Zone 6 or warmer, it makes an excellent fall cover crop, and will hold soil in place over winter. In Zone 5 or cooler, it's better to sow mid-summer to early fall for spring tilling.

Quick Facts:

    • Certified organic seeds
    • Suppresses weeds
    • Builds organic matter

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All About Annual Ryegrass Organic

Latin

Latin
Lolium multiflorum
Family: Poaceae

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing

Timing
In Zone 6 or warmer, it makes an excellent fall cover crop, and will hold soil in place over winter. In Zone 5 or cooler, it’s better to sow mid-summer to early fall for spring tilling.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 2-4cm (1-1½") deep.

Growing

Growing
After its burst of spring growth, turn ryegrass under or cut it back before it reaches 30cm (12") tall. Allow three weeks after tilling before planting the next crop. Annual ryegrass can produce 4000-8000 lb of dry matter per acre, and hold up to 60 lb of Nitrogen per acre. It works particularly well in orchards and vineyards as a 50/50 mix with crimson clover.

How to Grow Annual Ryegrass

Step 1: Timing

In Zone 6 or warmer, it makes an excellent fall cover crop, and will hold soil in place over winter. In Zone 5 or cooler, it’s better to sow mid-summer to early fall for spring tilling.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 2-4cm (1-1½") deep.

Step 3: Growing

After its burst of spring growth, turn ryegrass under or cut it back before it reaches 30cm (12") tall. Allow three weeks after tilling before planting the next crop. Annual ryegrass can produce 4000-8000 lb of dry matter per acre, and hold up to 60 lb of Nitrogen per acre. It works particularly well in orchards and vineyards as a 50/50 mix with crimson clover.

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