Perennial ryegrass can be used for home lawns, recreation areas, athletic fields and golf courses. It makes an attractive lawn but does require more maintenance than some other cool season turfgrasses like tall fescue and fine fescues.  Perennial ryegrass can be grown alone or in combination with other turfgrasses and it is commonly used as a nurse grass in cool season turf mixtures. In the south it is used to overseed warm season grasses such as bermudagrass. The most commonly used turfgrasses in mixtures with perennial ryegrass are Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue and fine fescues.

ASP Perennial Ryegrass


Perennial Ryegrass, Lolium perenne L., is a cool season, perennial bunch-type turf grass.  Adapted to a wide variety of soil conditions, perennial will grow in full sun to partial shade. It is quick and easy to establish, dark green and has a fine leaf texture.  Perennial ryegrass has excellent wear resistance and has moderate resistance to drought and disease.


Perennial ryegrass is adapted throughout the US and Canada but acts as a annual grass in the southern areas of the United States.


  • Adjust soil pH to 5.5-7.5 (optimum for performance and persistence)
  • Use herbicides if necessary. Follow label directions and precautions.
  • Soil type: Preferably fertile, well-drained soils but does have a wide range of soil adaptability
  • Fertilizer: Refer to soil test, responds well to Nitrogen
  • Seed bed:  Prepare a fine, granular and firm seed bed to ensure good seed to soil contact
  • Seeding Rate:
    New Lawn: 5-7 lbs/1000 square feet
    Overseeding Existing Lawn: 3-4 lbs/1000 square feet
  • Seeding Dates: Spring and early fall
  • Seeding Depth: ¼ inch


  • Mowing Height: 1-3 inches
  • Fertility: 2-6 lbs/1000 square feet/year. Apply fertilizer in split applications in spring and fall
  • Irrigation: Irrigating may be necessary to ensure survival during periods of extended drought
  • Weed Control: Apply pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides at labeled rates to control weeds
  • Disease Control: Apply fungicides at labeled rates to control disease
  • Insect Control: Apply pesticides at labeled rates to control insect problems