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What are some tips for planting and caring for perennial ryegrass?

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Perennial ryegrass thrives in cool, temperate climates with full sun and fertile, well-draining soil. To properly care for this grass, mow to a height of 1.5 to 2 inches, avoid periods of drought and extreme heat, and seed at a rate of six to nine pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet.

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Perennial ryegrass requires fertilization during growing months, which you can accomplish with chemical fertilizers or by planting companion crops such as legumes and clovers. Chemicals should be used as a last resort, as they are detrimental to the grass in some cases. If using chemicals, fertilize with four pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year. Plant the grass at the proper time in the season to avoid warm temperatures and drought conditions.

Perennial ryegrass is a good pasture grass as it establishes rapidly, produces a large yield to go along with a long growing season, recovers well from grazing and is highly nutritious. This grass is also suitable for a home lawn as it germinates rapidly, maintains a lush appearance and wears very well in high-traffic areas. Perennial ryegrass handles wet soil well but does not tolerate drought well, so avoid under-watering as this grass is not at risk of drowning. Plant this grass in regions with moderate temperatures throughout the year, as it enjoys full to partial sunlight but not intense heat. Keep the grass mowed down below two inches to promote growth.

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