Perennial Ryegrass


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Cover crops can be planted in spring, summer or fall! Remember that ¼ to ⅓ of your growing area should be planted to green manure cover crops every year. This ensures your soil stays healthy and productive.

Seeds can be stored for 1 to 2 years.


Perennial Ryegrass is a vigorous cool-season grass that can go from planting to mowable lawn in as little as 3 weeks. It is a resilient and robust species that forms clumps instead of spreading through rhizomes.

The plants easily regenerate from wear and tear, such as foot traffic, making it a preferred choice for grassed pathways and sports fields. Additionally, it serves as one of the most commonly used pasture grasses for grazing livestock, reaching a grazing-ready state within 58 days from planting.

Perennial ryegrass also possesses a high level of resistance to common diseases that regularly affect other grass species.  It grows well as a single crop or blends very well with other grasses, clovers and wildflowers.

Its extensive fibrous root system can grow up to three times deeper than its top growth. Perennial ryegrass will grow 30 to 90 cm annually for 3-4 years and is competitive and aggressive once established.

When used as a cover crop, it helps prevent erosion, builds soil organic matter, improves soil tilth, captures residual nitrogen and can significantly increase the rooting depth of other crops. It is also often used as a nurse crop for Sweet clover, allowing the young plants to be protected while they establish. 

Perennial ryegrass does very well on medium or heavy soils, can tolerate wet conditions and does best when planted before or after the hottest summer temperatures. 

Untreated, Non-GEO Seed

2 kg covers approximately 1000 sq. ft
8 kg covers approximately 4000 sq. ft

  • Latin Name: Lolium perenne
  • Hardiness: Perennial (3 - 4 years)
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Germination: 5-10 days
  • Planting Dates: Apr 15 - Jun 1, Aug 15 - Oct 15 
  • Seeding Rate (Turf): 2 - 4kg per 1000 sq. ft (90kg per acre)
  • Seeding Rate (Cover Crop or Pasture): 0.5 - 1kg per 1000 sq. ft (22kg per acre)
  • Max Planting Depth: 1” - 1.25"  
  • Growth Habit: Upright and erect grass. Plants grow up to 36” tall
  • Benefits: Tolerates high amounts of traffic, extensive root system, adds organic matter, improves soil structure, captures nutrients, 
  • Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Sun
  • Usual Seed Life: 1-3 years 
  • Cover Crop Management: Best used in managed areas that will receive mowing or grazing. Can be tilled and replanted after 3 to 5 years.  

Highest Quality Standards

Our cover crop seed comes from high-quality stock and is tested for germination. We've selected the best varieties available to maximize each species' potential.

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