rye·​grass | \ ˈrī-ˌgras How to pronounce ryegrass (audio) \

Definition of ryegrass

: any of several grasses (genus Lolium) especially : either of two grasses (L. perenne and L. multiflorum) that are used as lawn and pasture grasses and as cover crops

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Lynn Stadium's facilities team normally kills out ryegrass and grows in Bermuda grass to transition the turf from winter to summer. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "LouCity is winning at Lynn Stadium - so why didn't this happen sooner?," 18 June 2018 That treatment will prevent germination of annual bluegrass (Poa annua), rescuegrass, foxtail and ryegrass. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "If your yard is in the weeds, here are some tips to control them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The paper straw was patented in 1888 by Marvin C. Stone who had the idea while sipping an inferior mint julep with a ryegrass straw. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Bottoms up! Garden & Gun Magazine will feature Louisville's Mint Julep month promotion," 4 Apr. 2018 When the ryegrass is in decline, sow the bahia seed. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Keep corn feeders in check with natural sprays," 21 Apr. 2018 The dominant lawn grass in the Willamette Valley is perennial ryegrass, which does not produce rhizomes or stolons and therefore does not accumulate excessive amounts of thatch. OregonLive.com, "The truth behind 6 gardening myths," 6 Mar. 2018 Grasses that do not do well here and won't generally survive summer include ryegrasses, bluegrasses, bent grasses and fescues. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Which lawn grasses perform best in South Louisiana?," 21 Oct. 2017 Plants that are growing actively now, however, such as ryegrass and fescue, as well as cool-season annual flowers, are the exception. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "These seven gardening issues have readers stumped," 20 Oct. 2017 Use Team, Dimension, Halts or Balan to prevent germination of annual bluegrass, rescuegrass and ryegrass. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Brave the heat for these critical gardening tasks for the second half of August," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ryegrass

1690, in the meaning defined above

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