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grass type for tennis court #274083

Asked August 30, 2015, 8:08 AM EDT

I am trying to find a variety of perennial rye that can be cut 1".

Jessamine County Kentucky

Expert Response

I am including text from the UK publication AGR 52. The varieties listed in this article should tolerate low mowing heights.

Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne)
Most perennial ryegrasses are not reliable and form a clumpy, open turf that has little appeal and poor persistence. However, new fine-leaf perennial ryegrasses are now available. They blend well with Kentucky bluegrass and may be beneficial when it is necessary for obtaining quick cover, protecting the soil from erosion, or for out-of-season seedings.
Best Cultivars
Brightstar II, Catalina, Chaparral, Divine, Imagine, Legacy II, Line Drive, Majesty, Panther, Pennant II, Prelude III, Premier II, Rebel III, Roadrunner, Wind Dancer.
When seeded alone, these ryegrasses may not survive summer heat unless irrigation and disease control are provided. Although not adapted to heavy shade, they will often survive in shade for more than a year or two. Ryegrasses require minimum soil preparation and can often be broadcast-seeded into a thin turf.
Major Qualities
Fine texture similar to Kentucky bluegrass.
Dark green color.
Germinates quickly (five to seven days).
Excellent seedling vigor.
No thatch problems.
Great traffic tolerance.
Can be mowed short (approximately 1 inch).
Will often dominate nimblewill and other weed species.
Can be seeded with minimum soil preparation.
Major Problems
Somewhat difficult to mow (requires sharp mower).
Susceptible to summer brown patch disease.
Little heat tolerance.
Needs summer irrigation if thick stand is established.
Sod has little resiliency.
Seeding Rate
4 pounds per 1,000 square feet when broadcast-seeded.
When seeding Kentucky bluegrass and quick establishment and increased erosion control are needed, seed about 15 percent perennial ryegrass by weight (approximately ¼ pound per 1,000 square feet) with Kentucky bluegrass (1¾ pounds per 1,000 square feet). Do not seed perennial ryegrass with tall fescue or fine fescue. Because of fast germination and seedling vigor, mixtures with 25 percent or more perennial ryegrass will be dominated by the perennial ryegrass.
Rob Amburgey Replied August 31, 2015, 7:48 AM EDT

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