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do i need to pull weeds before rye seeds

Annual rye creates a thick barrier of living vegetation as it grows. One that snuffs out existing weeds, and keeps new weeds seeds from ever finding a home in bare soil.

As if the above-mentioned benefits weren’t enough, annual rye is also a major player in reducing your garden’s weeds. And when we say major, we mean MAJOR!

Annual rye can go by many names, including winter rye and cereal rye. But it’s important to make sure you are buying the right seed when using as a no-till cover crop.

The Never-Till Method Of Cover Cropping With Annual Rye

Cover crops are the single best method for recharging your garden’s soil each fall. Not only do they provide valuable nutrients back to the soil, they also protect a garden from erosion and weeds.

Annual rye is a cereal grain, not a grass. It is not to be confused with perennial or annual rye grass. The seed of annual rye is much larger than that of rye grass. You can usually find it at most feed or grain stores, on line, or at many local gardening centers. Product Link : Winter (Cereal) Rye

Not only is annual rye extremely effective in providing nutrients back to the soil, it’s also easy to plant and maintain. Even better, it also allows us to never have to till our soil.

For starters, it has an ultra-thick root system that grows deep into the soil below. Even into clay and heavily compacted soils. And as the roots grow, they break up that hard soil with ease.

It’s probably hard for you to tell, but this lawn here is in Munster, IN and this is 99% crabgrass.

Key: The answer to your question is on the label. Labels of weed control products almost always tell you the wait time until seeding after application. Let’s look at two that you likely may be using.


Reading the Label – Quincept – New Farm

Note on Details:

Can I Spray Weeds and Kill Crabgrass Now if I Plan to Seed In September/Fall Time?