Seed
Vegetative Growth
Flowering Plant

Dwarf / Turf Perennial Ryegrass

Grass

(Lolium perenne)

Dwarf ryegrass is a specifically bred strain of perennial ryegrass, selected for its shorter growth habit and its ability to produce low growing tillers and subsequently a thicker sward than standard ryegrass species.

Uses

Usually used in amenity situations for lawn and landscaping mixtures.

Persistence

A perennial species

Strengths

With adequate moisture dwarf ryegrass is quick to germinate and establish. It will compete well with weeds and will tolerate low cutting to produce a dense turf.

Frost Tolerance

Good frost tolerance

Sowing Rate Advice

Amenity rate - 50g/m2 (Medium) / 70g/m2 (High)

Amenity rates may be significantly higher than agricultural seed rates to ensure a dense turf is created. Grams per metre squared are normally the preferred units for amenity situations. Please seek advice if large areas of amenity seed is required.

Ideal Sowing Time

Sowing when moisture is available will encourage quick establishment.

Management

It can be cut low to create lawns and other recreational areas

Distinguishing characteristics

Seed

Seed
The seed is a thin, narrow, oblong shape. It is generally beige in colour, with a papery and smooth texture. The seed is 3mm in length.

Vegetative State

Flowering Plant

Flowering Plant
Usually a dark green colour. Its appearance it is similar to other Ryegrass species The underside of the leaf is a glossy, smooth green colour. The upper leaf is duller and much less shiny, potentially minutely rough. The ligule can reach up to 2 mm in length, with a membranous shape. It has a traditional Ryegrass spike with spikelet's alternating on each side of the axis. Generally it is a shallow rooted species.

Additional Info

Flowers from May - September

Works well with

It works well in combination with low growing creeping species like slender creeping red fescue and creeping red fescue and is favoured by turf growers.

You can find Dwarf / Turf Perennial Ryegrass in the following mixtures