Save on Seeds, Perennials & Bulbs

Annual Rye Grass Seeds

Select a size:
Qty:
Please select a size to continue.
Shipping:
Most orders ship within 48 hours or less. Learn More…

Annual Rye Grass can be planted as a companion or cover crop to help prevent soil erosion. It is extremely easy and fast to grow. Annual. (Lolium multiflorum)

Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-48" tall
Bloom Time Early summer
SKU LOM
Annual Rye Grass can be planted in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist soil and blooms May to June. It may reseed itself in some areas.
Associated SKUs
LOM
LOMLB5 (5 Pounds)
LOMLB25 (25 Pounds)
LOMLB50 (50 Pounds)
Common Name Annual Rye Grass
Botanical Name Lolium multiflorum
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 12-48" tall
Bloom Time Early summer
Grass Type Cool Season
Ships As Seed
Coverage 5 lbs covers 27,225 sq ft.
25 lbs covers 3 acres
50 lbs covers 6.25 acres
Seeds Per Pound 217,000
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Advantages Easy to Grow, Erosion Control
Additional Information Provides quick protection against soil, wind, and water erosion.
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Download our printable Grass Planting Guide, with Seeding Rates.

Create a Low-Maintenance Lawn or Add Nutrients to Your Soil with Grass and Groundcover Seeds.

Orchard Grass
Orchard Grass is a versatile variety that can be planted as a cover crop.

Getting Started: When to Plant

Planting Grass Seed in Fall or Spring: The ideal time to plant grass seed varies by hardiness zone, but is usually in the spring, once temperatures have reached a consistent 60 F and there is no more danger of frost. Grass can be planted through the end of July but no later. If you’re planting in the fall, wait until after there have been a few killing frosts so the seeds you plant will lie dormant until the spring.

Planting as a Cover Crop or Green Manure

If you're planting grasses, legumes or clover to replenish nutrients, suppress weeds or more, we recommend planting in early to mid fall. Let the grass grow until frost. Come spring, mow before it goes to seed and then till the soil. Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops.

Which plants are best for cover crops?

Clover, Peas, Vetch and Rye Grass.

Planting Rates: How Much Seed Do I Need?

Planting rates vary depending on the size of the seed. A larger seed (such as a Fescue) can be seeded at 10lbs/1,000 square feet. A smaller seed (such as a Bluegrass) can be seeded as low as 2lbs/1,000 square feet. To see planting rates for each individual variety, please view the chart on the back page of this guide.

If you’re still unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please give us a call at (877) 309-7333.

Preparing the Area for Planting

We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add a product to help aerate your soil (such as LazyMan Liquid Gold™) to improve seed germination, but this is not necessary.

Step-By-Step Planting Instructions

Medium Red Clover
Medium Red Clover helps add nutrients to soil.
  1. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. See the back of the this guide for seeding rates. To make sure you're spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking north to south and 1/2 of the seed walking east to west.
  2. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth.
  3. Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum depth of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, sterilized straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.
  4. Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.
  5. Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. This information can be found on our website at the specific product page. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times — the seedlings will be somewhat tender.
  6. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow. Be patient. If you have any questions about germination time or planting, please don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 309-7333.

Further Reading:

Most orders ship within 48 hours or less.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Orders for in-season products ship within 5 business days. Depending upon your order date, we may hold your shipment to combine it with other products on your order, if applicable. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

View Shipping Rate Chart

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
American MeadowsAnnual Rye Grass Seeds
 
5.0

(based on 2 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Reviewed by 2 customers

Displaying reviews 1-2

Back to top

 
5.0

Grass grows quick and thick

By 

from Greenock ,Pa.

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Annual Rye Grass Seeds:

      I will buy again next year

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      my annual rye did fabulously

      By 

      from Provo, UT

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Beautifully Green
      • Choked Out Weeds
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cover Crop
        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Annual Rye Grass Seeds:

        We just terraced our backyard, and I was worried at the quality of the soil left and looking for ways to improve it. I looked everywhere around home and could not find annual rye seed. Yours was reasonably priced and in a usable quantity for my needs. I'd never sown a cover crop before and was nervous to try, but it was easy and grew well, choking out most of the weeds that recur on my land. Talk about gorgeous! It was lush and green in late winter and early spring before we plowed it under. It seems to have done a good job of loosening the soil and nourishing it too. I'll use the remaining seeds this fall.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        Displaying reviews 1-2

        Back to top

        Plant with These

        • Organic Sunflower Seeds Taiyo

          Organic Sunflower Seeds Taiyo

          $12.95

          Learn More
        • Red Poppy Seeds

          Red Poppy Seeds

          $14.95

          Learn More

        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

        Find Your Planting Zone:

        Enter your Zip Code to find your USDA Planting Zone

        You are using an out-of-date browser.

        You will still be able to shop AmericanMeadows.com, but some functionality may not work unless you update to a modern browser. Update My Browser

        ×

        Please wait...

        Item added to your cart

        has been added to your cart.