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    Ryegrass germination

    We planted ryegrass a little over a week ago and it is still just sitting there(no germination). We are perplexed by this and I just now did a search on 'ryegrass germination' and hit upon a factor I hadn't considered. We did apply a crabgrass preventer to the lawn back in, gee, I'm going to say April/May. While this may be a factor(although I'd be amazed as those little rolly polly granules hardly seemed enough to do anything but roll downhill), are there other factors that I might be missing. The soil temp has been 80 degrees. Air temps upper 70's to mid to high 80's-day and maybe 60's at night. It rained after planting and we set up a sprinkler after that. I can't swear that all the seed is covered with soil as I can still see seed(but I assume the water/rain will burrough it in).
    Here is the link to the scary factor that I had not considered:
    http://floridaturf.com/weeds/research/overseeding.html

    But wonder if I'm missing anything else; how long does germination usually take ?
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Hmmm....I see a few starting to germinate. I'm going to water more faithfully and we'll see how it goes.
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Rye grass likes lots of moisture. It is considered to be a winter grass here and is also sometimes considered to be a weed. It does a wonderful job of preventing erosion, though.

    The only problem that I have seen is that the birds love all kinds of grass seed. Normally, though, it grows quite well.

    I think you are doing what it takes and being patient. It is a cool weather grass. That may be delaying some of the germination.
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    Wind , rain , [ here the rain evaporated unless heavy ] , sun soil type and temperature all effect germination . It's best to water early in morning [ before 9 am ] and early evening [ after 6 p.m. .]
    If you watch the weather on TV , they will say the Doppler radar shows rain but it's not reaching the ground .
    If the air is to dry it suck up the water .
    To check if the seeds have enough water , turn a glass upside down on a seeded part after 10 AM , check it in an hour , if there are drops of water inside , plenty of water keep doing what you are doing .

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    What a great idea, Ray!

    I had never thought about doing that, but it makes sense that it would work.

    Thanks for all your wonderful tips!
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    You are very right about the doppler and what reaches the ground ! The weatherman had me put off watering my potted plants all weekend waiting for the supposed rain; I'm afraid to go look at them now. We would get a few rain drops and that was it.
    I like that glass idea; it is very clever.
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    The doppler shows rain here, but actually, I think that the clouds just got closer to earth. It is only sprinkling, but I will not complain. You see, 82 degrees feels good compared to temps of late, and without the sun beating down, it is actually cool in my greenhouse where I am getting some seedlings transplanted.

    All that is in between lesson plans. Lesson plans aren't fun, just work, so I take a break now and then...

    Sometimes, it is hard to quit the fun and get back to the lesson plans, though!!!!
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    Oh how I'd love to be planting rather than landscaping right now !
    I can just imagine how nice it must be in the greenhouse.
    Lesson plans ? Ug !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    I am the eternal grass grower and remover. Have patience, the grasses like the cooler temps and will suddenlly start popping up and they love lots of water, yes, twice a day even if it says rain.

    I find even with rain, the leaves of my potted plants will prevent water from getting to them, so I always water them, even when it has rained, to be sure they are staying happy.

    I usually get impatient and reseed just about 2 days before the first set of seeds start to germinate, and then I end up with damping off from too many competing seedlings.....I know the landscapers use straw, but I often cover the seeds with peat moss sprinkled or dried grass clippings to hold in the moisture.

    Good growing!!
    Linda
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