Grass Guide: Rye

Rye is a durable, fast-growing grass that loves a mild climate and lots of moisture.

Rye grass

Rye Grass

Fast-growing and resilient, rye fares best in areas with a consistent temperature and lots of moisture.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Bayer CropScience

Image courtesy of Bayer CropScience

Fast-growing and resilient, rye fares best in areas with a consistent temperature and lots of moisture.

Extremely resilient in high-traffic areas, this fast grower is often used on golf courses and athletic fields. While rye requires ample sunlight and fares poorly in drought conditions, its durability, eagerness to germinate and an erosion-busting dense root system make it a good choice under appropriate conditions.   

Climate

Does best in northern and coastal climates with consistent temperatures and plenty of moisture.  

Sun/Shade

Fares best in well-lit areas, but can benefit from partial shade in high temperatures.  

Water 

Intolerant to drought and requires frequent watering. 

Pros:

  • Grows quickly
  • Extremely durable with a dense root system
  • Good blending seed for cool weather grasses

Cons:

  • Intolerant of extreme weather conditions
  • Does poorly in cool, shaded areas
  • Requires frequent watering

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